Archive for the ‘Vintage British Bikes’ Category

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:

 

Advertisements

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!

Enjoy

 

 

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…

 

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.

Cheers!

 

 

We’re heading to the 2nd annual Ride em don’t hide em get together this weekend in Seven Springs PA.

Planned to go last year but extenuating circumstances pulled the plug on the trip. It should be a fun weekend but it’s a long bloody drive for us. And yes we’re taking the Nortons in a trailer as we don’t have that kind of time.

Anyway, click on the picture for more info, put on by the Motorcycle Classics magazine, good chaps one and all.

Hope to see you there!

 

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….

 

I’ve been beavering away on the Jubilee when I get a chance for some garage therapy, and so far so good.

Minor puttering is yielding improvements far beyond the effort involved. Some light compound is bringing the paint back to a pretty decent state and the side covers and chain guard are due to arrive next week with their new paint. I can only hope it matches acceptably as the original paint was never anything to write home about on these bikes.

All the lights are working along with the horn and the wiring itself is in pretty good nick, bar the OEM pin connectors in the headlight shell. Not sure what they were thinking but I have to believe it was a price job. Tiny little pins in a cheap plastic connector are not what you need in a motorcycle that can shake itself apart in no time flat. Not to mention the nasty front brake switch which is a thing of wonder in itself. They updated it later on to a Commando style pressure switch but this bike still has the pretty frail original.

I was thinking of swapping out the seat cover but the replacement ones don’t replicate the original colors very well so I decided to spiff up the faded red piping on my own. A red sharpie looked like a close match to the red piping color so I applied some and it looks decent. I’m sure it won’t be as durable as I would like, but I may have an alternative by then.

That’s it for now, Cheers!