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Glastonbury Biker said:
Hi Richard,
I've followed this very interesting thread. Would it be possible to email me the manuals you've produced?
I've seen references to making donations via paypal on other posts - it looks like you may have started a cottage industry :) Anyway, I'd be happy to contribute.
My email is: xxxxxxxxxx

Cheers
Paul.

SENT! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
 
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Just added to the list (ON THE FIRST PAGE) Ignition Coil replacement manual and I updated the CLUSTER to REV1 which included changing the CLOCK from 24hr to 12hr for those like me who like that better.

Thank you for all the support.
 
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Changing the STARTER Solenoid manual coming soon. My dad has to change his this week so we are going to capture it.
 
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Britjunkie said:
Richard, Thanks so much, and where do I send my donation?

if you go to http://www.paypal.com there is a tab at the top that reads "SEND" click that and then enter my email address found in the manuals.

the rest is easy.

And thank you very much! It definitely helps to justify spending my time to make these manuals. Very much appreciated. You will be added to my list for updates. Any new manuals and tools will be sent to you automatically.
 
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I just sent out the THROTTLE CONTROL MANUAL. Check your emails and the fist page of this thread for the list of all the manuals available.
 
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So over the next 4 months I should be able to collect a TON of new manual info and pics. As my dads bike will be worked on to replace parts, I'll gather relevant info and pics to share. So stay tuned.
 
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Hello Richard!

I have found your manuals to be very well done and very helpful! I am very much looking forward to your new projects.

From my point of view, it would be greatly appreciated if you could do one on "Oil in the Airbox" and how to deal with the problem.

Thanks!

Don (aka roofus)
 
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roofus said:
Hello Richard!

I have found your manuals to be very well done and very helpful! I am very much looking forward to your new projects.

From my point of view, it would be greatly appreciated if you could do one on "Oil in the Airbox" and how to deal with the problem.

Thanks!

Don (aka roofus)

Okay Don. I can do that.
 

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Hello,

I'm new to this side of the forum and would like a PDF copy of your manual to help me decide about buying a new 2014 961 Sport.

This is a great service you are providing, Richard. I'd be happy to donate regardless of my decision. :D

contours@mac.com

Thanks,
Peter
 
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contours said:
Hello,

I'm new to this side of the forum and would like a PDF copy of your manual to help me decide about buying a new 2014 961 Sport.

This is a great service you are providing, Richard. I'd be happy to donate regardless of my decision. :D

xxxxx@xxxxxx.com

Thanks,
Peter

Look for 11 emails each with an attachment. :mrgreen:
And if I could add, these bikes are very easy to work on. If you are the type of person who understands simple mechanics, appreciates quality and can understand these bikes are really bespoke and no two bikes are identical, meaning; some have to be tightened down a tad more than others and some have slightly more vibration than others, then you will love everything about the 961. Loads of character.
 

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richard-7 said:
And if I could add, these bikes are very easy to work on. If you are the type of person who understands simple mechanics, appreciates quality and can understand these bikes are really bespoke and no two bikes are identical, meaning; some have to be tightened down a tad more than others and some have slightly more vibration than others, then you will love everything about the 961. Loads of character.
Thanks much for the manuals and the encouragement, Richard. I have muddled through a few tasks on my Mk3 already, both maintenance and enhancements. I've put in almost as much time on my Daytona 955i and my VFR800 more recently. I believe I am up to some routine maintenance for the 961 as long as it is clearly outlined ... as your manual bundle appears to be. I plan to paw through as much of the posts here as I can before committing a deposit later this week. Although, as I approach retirement age I really, really had my heart set on little or no maintenance for a change. :roll:
 

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contours said:
richard-7 said:
And if I could add, these bikes are very easy to work on. If you are the type of person who understands simple mechanics, appreciates quality and can understand these bikes are really bespoke and no two bikes are identical, meaning; some have to be tightened down a tad more than others and some have slightly more vibration than others, then you will love everything about the 961. Loads of character.
Thanks much for the manuals and the encouragement, Richard. I have muddled through a few tasks on my Mk3 already, both maintenance and enhancements. I've put in almost as much time on my Daytona 955i and my VFR800 more recently. I believe I am up to some routine maintenance for the 961 as long as it is clearly outlined ... as your manual bundle appears to be. I plan to paw through as much of the posts here as I can before committing a deposit later this week. Although, as I approach retirement age I really, really had my heart set on little or no maintenance for a change. :roll:
My opinion:

I also used this forum as a reference before purchasing my 961's. This was about 2 years ago. Although there was much more negative comments two years ago, I decided to purchase anyway. I could not be happier, as I have very few problems with my bikes. The minor problems I 've seen have been easy to resolve, and are covered in Richard's manuals.

I would estimate I have spent 3 to 5 hours working on my 961's over the last 2 years. This includes changing a set of pipes to South Bay DT's, pulling an ECU (sending it to dealer for remap) and reinstalling, changing oil, and removing / cleaning / reinstalling air filter. There have been no warranty claims.

I run a very busy machine shop, and most of my interest is in riding the bikes. I have 4 vintage Nortons, two 961's, and 4 vintage Triumphs in the garage. A lot of these bikes don't see much saddle time, because I do not have the time to work on them. But the 961's get a fair share of saddle time because I have not had to work on them.

I think there are many 961 stories like mine. It is my opinion that many of the 961 riders on this forum take a great deal of pleasure in the details of working on their bikes. And, the enjoy sharing this attention to detail with an audience that also enjoys working on their bikes. That might make this forum look like there are a lot of problems, when there are not. (I would love to have the majority of the owners from this forum working at my machine shop, because their attention to detail is so great. They would make great machinists)

As a disclaimer, there bikes are not perfect, but my experience has shown them to be much better that the collective negative information I have read on this forum ( and I believe there is much more positive than negative written on this particular forum)
 
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Contours,

I believe Norton takes care of issues as they arise, and there haven't been any new ones for a while. They are silly little issues and easy to sort ahead of time. I ride my bike 40-50 miles any day that isn't raining. Although the weatherman has got me a few times.

If you get a 2015 (or newer) I believe most issues have been sorted, by looking at G81 Can Cycles 2015 bike I was with at the INOA Rally. As soon as you get the bike add a transmission vent (I doubt this will be on from Norton but you never know). Follow the break in procedure to a T And before 1,000 miles Torque the Head. Keep the airbox drain hose plugged when riding and drain after every ride and put back the plug. Top up oil when ever it's too low.

That's it!

You will be laughing all the way wondering what everyone was going on about because you get to learn from everyone on this forums experiences.

Then good luck riding any of your other bikes. The 961 is too much fun!

Keep us posted! And when you take possession, let us know if it has a transmission vent. If it does, that means Norton actually listens to us.
 
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G81 Can Cycle said:
contours said:
richard-7 said:
And if I could add, these bikes are very easy to work on. If you are the type of person who understands simple mechanics, appreciates quality and can understand these bikes are really bespoke and no two bikes are identical, meaning; some have to be tightened down a tad more than others and some have slightly more vibration than others, then you will love everything about the 961. Loads of character.
Thanks much for the manuals and the encouragement, Richard. I have muddled through a few tasks on my Mk3 already, both maintenance and enhancements. I've put in almost as much time on my Daytona 955i and my VFR800 more recently. I believe I am up to some routine maintenance for the 961 as long as it is clearly outlined ... as your manual bundle appears to be. I plan to paw through as much of the posts here as I can before committing a deposit later this week. Although, as I approach retirement age I really, really had my heart set on little or no maintenance for a change. :roll:
My opinion:

I also used this forum as a reference before purchasing my 961's. This was about 2 years ago. Although there was much more negative comments two years ago, I decided to purchase anyway. I could not be happier, as I have very few problems with my bikes. The minor problems I 've seen have been easy to resolve, and are covered in Richard's manuals.

I would estimate I have spent 3 to 5 hours working on my 961's over the last 2 years. This includes changing a set of pipes to South Bay DT's, pulling an ECU (sending it to dealer for remap) and reinstalling, changing oil, and removing / cleaning / reinstalling air filter. There have been no warranty claims.

I run a very busy machine shop, and most of my interest is in riding the bikes. I have 4 vintage Nortons, two 961's, and 4 vintage Triumphs in the garage. A lot of these bikes don't see much saddle time, because I do not have the time to work on them. But the 961's get a fair share of saddle time because I have not had to work on them.

I think there are many 961 stories like mine. It is my opinion that many of the 961 riders on this forum take a great deal of pleasure in the details of working on their bikes. And, the enjoy sharing this attention to detail with an audience that also enjoys working on their bikes. That might make this forum look like there are a lot of problems, when there are not. (I would love to have the majority of the owners from this forum working at my machine shop, because their attention to detail is so great. They would make great machinists)

As a disclaimer, there bikes are not perfect, but my experience has shown them to be much better that the collective negative information I have read on this forum ( and I believe there is much more positive than negative written on this particular forum)

HA!!! you pressed submit before I did!!!!!! Well Said John.. I even mentioned your bike in my post.. :mrgreen:
 
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