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Offline surffly

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #120 on: May 30, 2016, 20:48:07 »
Well spent some time in the garage today.
Day started out GREAT.  On my way over to the shop I saw my rubber shifter that fell off the other night.  It was just sitting on the side of the road!
I super glued it on this time....lol
Very happy that nothing else seemed to have fallen off.

Swapped out the 14 inch floating rotor for the stock rotor and caliper.
While not nearly as cool, it does all work and will let me start using the bike.

Unsure if I still need to bleed the brake more though.  First pull is soft, but second is perfect.  Happens every time.

I installed the reed check valve. 

Tucked up the last of the wire harness.
Have not hooked up all of the idiot lights.
Actually neither gauge is working.  Speedo doesnt have a cable, and the tech reads 4500 RPM any time the engine is one......
Will have to sort that.

After the bike got hot the right side pipe had some white smoke. 
Really hope it isnt a sign of things to come.

REALLY shouldnt have taken the bike out today, but couldnt resist.
Bike is fully insured, registered and all that jazz.  Brakes are new, lights work and everything is fine.....but the tires.
They are 30+ years old.  Rear is bald, hard and square.

That being said, I did don my Bell 500 and take it out for a bit.  Took a short loop for about half an hour.
Bike did great! 

Starting to get to grips with a bike that is right foot AND GP shift.

Carbs need to be sync'ed and properly tuned.  They are really close though.
Main thing I need to do is sort the throttle cables though.  The cable bit seems too long.  Even when I fully extend the carb spacer and link in the cable.  I tried to order a "spacer" that would go at the end at the bar, but it didnt fit properly.

This week I will use my Morgan CarbTune and wrap things up.
Probably should check the clearance on the valves as well, one sounds kind of noisy.

Here she is in all of her glory.




Another thing I need to figure out is this oil leak.


From what I can see the breather pipe that goes to the airbox is pissing some oil out.
What could that be?

All and all I am having a blast.
Should not be long before I press the bike into daily use and complete my goal.

One more thing I need to figure out is how to set the Head Steady and the Isolastics.
They are just kinda "installed" and not really adjusted.
I should start reading up on that and searching for links to directions.

Offline advCo

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #121 on: May 30, 2016, 21:59:58 »
What a beauty.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
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Offline goldy

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #122 on: May 31, 2016, 07:07:35 »
Glad you got it together! Properly sorted out, I really do believe they are the epitome of British motorcycling. Now get it out and have some fun, see what falls off of it!  ;D
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline surffly

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #123 on: May 31, 2016, 10:07:00 »
What a beauty.
Thank you, she sure is cleaning up well.
While the cases are polished the body work might be on the ugly side of "patina" if you get close.

Glad you got it together! Properly sorted out, I really do believe they are the epitome of British motorcycling. Now get it out and have some fun, see what falls off of it!  ;D

Still a few small things to sort before putting any real mileage on it.
Tires ordered this morning.

Major needs are carb sync/adjustment, throttle cable to twist interface thingy, islolastics set.

Offline surffly

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #124 on: Jun 09, 2016, 11:32:12 »
Had some sad news Memorial Day Weekend.
On Friday the P47 from the museum that I volunteered at crashed into the Hudson after a photo shoot.
Pilot did not make it.


Very bummed about the lost.

And now the awkward segway back to a Norton.....

Tired came in.
Went 90/90 front and 100/90 rear.


Did notice that the FRONT tire on the bike now is a 4.10 and the REAR is a 3.50......
Unsure what happened there......

I should mount them Friday after work, or early next week.
Once that is done the bike will be ridden from my buddy's garage where I work on junk to my apartment and then used as the daily mount!

Very excited about that.

Offline surffly

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #125 on: Jun 13, 2016, 09:52:55 »
Been SCUBA diving or training 5 days a week, so not much motorcycle love.....
Kinda feeling like I have a second job.....

BUT, did have some time to basically wrap up the Norton!

Installed the tires.
Had to cut the front off.....guess it really was time....lol


Avons still always look backwards to me on the front. 


After the tires were on I tool the bike out for about and hour.
Did a mix of city and highway miles.  Figure in that ride if nothing broke or fell off then I am good to ride it anywhere.


Got the headlight wiring weather projected.
Fixed the brake light switch on the front master.
Installed a new speedo cable, but the speedo still doesn't work.
Tach reads 4500-5000RPM only.
Oil stopped leaking out the breather, so it must be okay now...lol
I adjusted the exhaust valves to quite things down a bit.

Sync'ed the carbs as best as I could.  For some reason could not get it perfect on my Morgan Carbtune.
Bike idles and revs great, and goes down the road well.

Do have to set the Isolastics and head steady though.
I think things are too "tight" because the vibrations fall into the "Bit Much" category.

As with any old bike, they are never really done.
BUT I will be grabbing the bike one night this week and bringing it to the condo.
Bike is no where near as loud as I assumed it would be.  Has a great tone to it.

Don't have many miles on it yet, only 3/4 of a tank of fuel, but will say the bike seems to feel exactly like I wanted it to feel.
I wanted a better CB450.  I LOVED my CB450!


Bike made a nice noise, was interesting and fun to ride.  Kind of the right size.  Large enough to ride most places, but small enough to toss around.
Well I was hoping that the 850 Commando would feel about the same size, but have more power and be faster.  Pleased to say that so far that is how it feels.  WAY different then the SOHC CB750s I have grown accustom too.  I like the "character" that the bike has and the way it feels.  This is funny as I would assume that in every measureable way the bike is not as good as a CB750.

-Brakes are sub par at best.
-Handles okay.
-Has great torque so it feels fast, I assume in a drag race a CB would win.
-Vibrations make you feel like you are going a million, in a school zone.
-Rides well

I really need to see if I can adjust the clip ons or something because my right hand hurts after a short ride.  Maybe just new grips.

All and all I am happy with the way the bike turned out.

Have a set of GIVI soft bags that I want to test fit.
The girlfriend wants to know when we are taking the bike out for dinner, so that is a good sign.

At some point I will fit the Cambery wheels and large rotor, but for now the bike is just going to be a bike.
Looking forward to the summer with it and hope to take some nice rides and have some good stories to tell.



Offline surffly

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #126 on: Jul 13, 2016, 14:22:27 »
So a few weeks of living in the condo lot have not had much ill effect.




The oil marks are from the bike being over full and "fixing" that automatically.
Zero leaks now!  I even checked to make sure it was not OUT of oil.

Bought a set of NEW soft bags on CL a while ago. 
Tired them on the Commando and they fit well.





Also did an uber hipster thing last night.....
Took the girl and bike out for ice cream and to see Chicago for free in the park.
 

Offline djmaynard

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #127 on: Jul 13, 2016, 22:11:46 »
Loved seeing from start to finish. Turned out great!

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: Nortons....
« Reply #128 on: Jul 14, 2016, 01:59:12 »
I love your bike, well done!
Lighter, Quicker, Faster.
ZX-14, 900F x 2, 1100F, R100, CBR600, SR500, GT500, RZ350, KZ1000 x 2, Moto Guzzi Lemans lll, CBX550, RD 350, 750 SOHC police special, RG250, TL1000R, GT750, KTM Super Duke 1290 R, Harris/Z-1, Norton 750 Commando, Green 77 KZ650