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We are planning to make a trip to Germantown Maryland (Butler’s Orchard) on Sunday May 17 for the European and Classic Motorcycle Day.

Website: http://www.classic motorcycleday.org

The Triumph guru John Healy will be there and I think Mick Hemmings is cheduled to make an appearance. Should be a good take for Triumph guys and britbikers in general.

The featured marques will be Norton, AJS, and Matchless.

We will be flying our Commando Specialties banner, so stop by for a chinwag as we will have some odds and ends and some motorcycle apparrel at bargain prices!

See you there………………..

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “office test“, posted with vodpod

This is a test video of one of our offices in the palatial Commando Specialties compound.

RWB Commando

RWB Commando

Just thought I ‘d do a little experimenting with some pictures and this one looks pretty good, so why not?

This color scheme was more popular in Europe/Canada than the US but I always thought it gave the Commando a more modern look. That’s the beauty of the Commando frame; you can swap tank and sidecovers and come up with a new bike!

Hope Santa brought everyone the bits and bobs they were hoping for!

M23 Metralla

M23 Metralla

We’ve been big Bultaco fans here for years for a number of reasons, but for me it was down to the way they were built. My first real dirt bke was a 360 El Montadero, a brute of a bike in many ways. It had a big powerful motor and it was by todays standards a real heavyweight. I think it weighed about 250lbs but for a capable enduro machine it wasnt too bad for the day. Anyway, I bought it with the motor in pieces (I always crave a challenge) and wound up doing a pretty complete restoration in the living room.

Why am I turning this into a novella you ask? Well I saw by rebuilding this bike (and others) from the ground up, you get a feel of how the people thought when they designed and manufactured it. Bultaco motorcycles were the brainchild of Mr. Bulto himself and he had a clear vision of what he wanted. He was also a dab hand at riding himself so the end product had to work and work well.

Bultaco motorcycles are more than the sum of their parts. The motors were simple 2 strokes, servicing was straight forward, there weren’t a lot of fussy little parts to break and the hardware was robust quality stuff; usually nylon lock nuts etc. Power delivery was controllable, the frames were stout( with a few exceptions) and consequently Bultacos were frequent podium visitors in all disciplines of motorcycle sport including roadracing. The most amazing part of all was they came from a factory that consisted of a series of chicken coop buildings but were staffed by passionate people. Another notable thing was that the parts weren’t made in giant punch presses, you could see they were made by men who knew how to cast metal, weld steel and lay up fiberglass by hand. I always had the feeling than any one person in the factory could do any of the jobs.

What does this have to do with Norton Commandos you ask? I guess because Nortons are more than the sum of their parts and in the beginning were associated with one man; “Pa Norton”.

Not earthshaking news but I had to start with something here.

My supplier tells me a new Boyer is available that is suitable for Mark III electric start Commandos. It seems that the Mark III only had marginal voltage available when using the electric kicker so the earlier Boyers didn’t work that well on Mark III Commandos. Most MarkIII electric starters didn’t work anyway without some upgrading so it wasn’t that much of an issue.But I digress.

I don’t have the full scoop on these MarkIV Boyers yet but I’m sure I will get the lowdown soon. In any event IMHO the Boyer iginition system is a pretty durable and useful upgrade and I’m sure the new ones are even better.

The caveat with all these ignitions is that you have to have a fully charged battery in good shape, have heavy duty cables and connections. Most people ignore the basics at their own peril; KISS principle applies here. I hear about all kinds of electrical problems and it always comes down to the same thing: basics. Check all connections for corrosion, dirt etc. Even a cheap DVMM from Harbor Freight can diagnose voltage drops etc. If you have ANY connections with more than a .2V voltage drop, it will give you trouble.

The voltage coming out of the battery through a component and back to ground should equal the 12v battery voltage. This shows that even if you have a good circuit to the component you’re not done until you get the voltage back into the battery. If you have a crusty ground connection it equals a big voltage drop and consequently high resistance / low amperage (flow) connection.  E=IxR

Also, if you’re over about 14 years old, please don’t wear your cap backwards. Electrons are laughing at you.

EBay stuff

Posted: October 22, 2008 in EBay, motorcycles, Norton Commando, vintage racing

It’s difficult to write about ideas and have them sound coherent.

(At least for me)

I’m still not sure who’s reading this stuff so I’m casting my net a little further, just to see who’s out there.

We do a lot of business on EBay and overall it’s been a good experience, and people have generally have been positive about our way of doing business.

Now to the meat of the matter:EBay has turned into an online giant which I feel is overall a good thing, but not without some reservations.

The first is the most obvious: EBay has become an online giant. If you don’t like the policies they set, well you can just hit the road Jack.

In the beginning, there were about 3 pages of bikes and parts, now there are zillions. Which incidentally is a Very Good Thing for us vintage bike enthusiasts. Yes I know the prices have gone up dramatically, but it has kept tons of parts and bikes from becoming landfill.

This is our contribution to the tree huggers. So there.

EBay Tip #1: please please please, take some decent pictures. In this day and age you must know someone with an acceptable digital camera who knows how to use it!

Use a tripod; it makes a huge difference and they go for short money. Nothing better than some dark, blurry, out of focus pics to sell your stuff, right?

Also take pictures of the SUNNY side of the bike, not the side in the shadows! Is this not obvious?? (I guess not if people still do it)

EBay Tip #2: Don’t give me the history of the company back to when Hector was a pup: ” The Belchfire Motorcycle Company started on Oct 23, 1909 making bicycles for the post office” . Tell me about the one YOU have for sale.

And don’t lie. I can tell, and I won’t buy your crappy bike.

That’s it for now, I have to check my EBay stuff……..