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Here’s a quick rundown of the front isolastic installation on my 1974 Commando. I did it by stringing together a bunch of clips as I wasn’t sure I could make decent edit of a long video so I could just redo a segment if I had to. You Tube doesn’t offer their resident editor which was easy but did lack some flexibility. DaVinci 12.5 is very good but very complex for a neophyte ( like me ). Anyway it got done and in the future I may do some editing if I feel ambitious. 

(Looks like I did the first segment twice so you can skip the first minute and a half or so.)

So here it is warts and all:



By accident I ran across the news that Dan Gurney had passed away on Jan 14. 

It should have been a day of mourning as far as I’m concerned due to the fact that he was one of the most accomplished personalities I can remember. He was a world class driver in many disciplines; F1, CAN AM, Indycars, Sports Racers etc etc. As a kid I was always in awe of the man, when he was interviewed on TV he unfailingly had a huge smile across his impossibly handsosme face  . Not to mention the fact he was one of the few successful race team owner/driver / constructors, and designers. I honestly have never read a report or interview that didn’t paint him as the guy you’d most want to have a beer with. 

He was an avid hot rodder when his family first moved to California and he just never stopped racing, building, and learning.

Rather than blather on about the man, just do an internet search or click on his picture for an Autosport obit.


God Speed Dan

This was on the adv rider site, it gives a pretty good cross section of different years and models of US import Norton commandos.

It’s been a nasty winter we need stuff like this to keep us going!




Not too long ago I received an email from someone looking for parts who lives in the UK and you can see his bike above.

This is probably one of the nicest if not THE nicest MKIII I have seen, and if you have a long look you can see a lot of mods that are not obvious to the casual observer. 

Fat rims and tires stand out along with the twin discs and probably a big bore exhaust. The 5 speed sticker gives away the transmission upgrade, the rear sets are more discreet along with the finned valve covers etc etc. 

There are (a lot) more mods, but suffice to say this one is a labor of love and I’m sure it goes as well as it looks.

‘Good on yer lad…



I haven’t posted in a while so I thought it’s a good time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here’s a couple pics that should bring a smile to even the Scroogiest among us…


A very natty Paul Dunstall







Just wanted to pass this along if you’re using a plastic anti sumping valve on your Commando as below:


A customer stopped by the office to show off his recently restored 750 Commando which  was really beautifully done except it was draining its oil tank onto our driveway at a fairly alarming rate. After pointing it out to him I ran for some absorbent materials and subsequently found the above valve was broken and leaking like a sieve.

Not good.

When I saw the problem I grabbed one of our aluminum Velocette style valves and stuck it on as he wasn’t going anywhere the way it was.  Our valve (supplied by RGM) below:




Luckily the oil tank hadn’t gone dry (yet) and I had some oil on the shelf so he was on his way without doing any damage, but he was lucky.

I know there are endless debates about these valves to prevent “wet sumping” and regardless of where you come down on the issue, I would advise swapping out the plastic valve with one of ours if you want to use one.

If you’re not a fan, by all means don’t use one but check to see if you have one of the plastic time bombs on your bike!



Well, we survived the 10 hour drive and had a great time overall.

Many thanks to the Motorcycle Classics magazine guys, Spectro, Retro Tours and many others. The Seven Springs Resort was very scenic and comfortable, and covered a huge amount of real estate.

Over 50 bikes made it for the tour and the rural roads made for some great riding.

I will be adding some pics and videos but for now I’ll just include the picture of our two Nortons  and a beautiful silver “S” model.