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Got the sidecovers and chain guard back from The Vintage Vendor who did a very quick turnaround on painting them up. Thanks Brent!

I was hesitant to do any paintwork as I wanted to keep it original, but after closer inspection I’d say the tank had been painted or at least touched up so I figured I’d make it look presentable and in the end I’m glad I did.

It probably doesn’t look  it but I’ve done a lot of work to this bike over the past few weeks sorting the carbs, replacing cables, replacing the headlight shell stickers etc etc.

Still have to replace the rear master cylinder, tires chain, fork seals and more detail work. The weather is still going to be dismal for a few days so I think I’ll mosey down to the shop and put in some shop time.

BTW I did run it up and down our street just to see if it ran ok and it ran through the gears like a good ‘un.

So I will proceed….

 

In the midst of epic downpours we attended the open house at Vanson Leathers in Fall River MA.

It was raining hard enough that the inside of the Wall of Death was getting wet so any riding was called off.

We met Rhett Rotten who wasn’t rotten at all, a very nice guy who was letting some of the kids sit on the bikes which went over very very well.

The wall was made in 1938 in Rhode Island and the main bike he rides is a 1927 Indian. Talk about authentic!

Had a great night despite all the rain.

Thanks to Rhett, Mike, Kim and all the gang at Vanson’s

 

The annual British Motorcycle Meet put on by the BSA Owners Club of New England is on May 21 2017 this year in Lancaster MA at the Bolton Fairgrounds

Click here for the website>>>http://britishmcmeet.com/britishmeet/index.html

 

British MC Meet 2017

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t posted in well, forever but this should break some ice. Or something.

We all know this guy, or maybe it’s me?

Well, the last big projects have been completed and here’s the result.

The new seat foam and cover was the last step after bleeding the front brake. It took about two hours (!) to get the seat the way I wanted it. Just an FYI ; heat is your friend here along with some patience. It’s chilly enough in my garage that the cover really needed some persuading to fit without showing wrinkles etc. Probably my best seat job yet.

Apologies to Milton

Anyway, after raking leaves and fixing household stuff I got to put in a few hours on the mighty Norton.

I slapped on a set of tires, polished the front hub (thanks to a Mother’s mini ball), cleaned up the front and rear rims, respoked the rear wheel because the originals were just too corroded and nasty looking, replaced the rear brake shoes, painted the brake drum and then had coffee. Just kidding, it took a few days of puttering around but overall went pretty smooth. I hate changing tires by hand but at least it got done and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of dropping off and picking up the wheels which adds in a few days and a few bucks which I can spend elsewhere. I used stainless spokes for the rear just because they’re easy to clean. Not original but I do lean to practicality under duress.

Like Barry Sheene said: “I spent most of my money on drink, birds and motorcycles, the rest I just wasted”.

I still have to fill and bleed the front brakes, add the chain and figure out a decent battery hold down. The original setup lets the battery float around too much for me.

Thanksgiving morning, a perfect time to work on motorcycles!

Well, I had an hour or two so I figured why not see if the barn find runs?

Believe it or not, she started first kick! After some fiddling with the carbs a little it ran pretty much the way a Commando should bar some exhaust smoke. After sitting for 20 years or so I think the rings may be a little gummed up, as the smoking has dissipated after a few more heat cycles. It’s running way too rich so I think the next job is to install some fresh needles and needle jets. Normal vibration and use tends to rattle them about and open up the clearances so it’s my first tuning step.

Have a look at the video and enjoy some turkey!