Cheap & easy solution for wet sumping problem

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I put one of these sump plugs in for when the ride sits too long.
I look in the oil tank, if the oil level is down too much I'll remove the smaller magnetic plug, drain some oil out, put in tank and kick away. Only takes minutes to do.
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Who is the best source for those?
 
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When considering reed valves or drain plugs - think about reliability. In racing you are required to tie wire the drain plug and for good reason. The more screws and parts you have down there to unravel - the more likely that something is going to come loose and leak oil onto your rear tire. Keep it simple - the fewer parts the better.
 

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I'd like to pose a dumb question.

My (new-to-me) '73 Trident, in the workshop manual says before starting to kick/turn it over with ignition off to pump some of the oil back into the oil tank. As my '72 Commando doesn't have a convenient way to drain oil (after the fact) why can't I do the same thing (get my exercise and kick over the bike for a few minutes to pump some of the oil back into the tank)? Or are the engine case pressures different between the two bikes that even kicking over causes the problem Jim is attempting to avoid?
 

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1. My 72 Commando has the small sump drain plug on the bottom. Easy to drain the sump.
2. I doubt if kicking it would blow the seal, but if there is enough oil in the sump to cause hydraulic lock, maybe. But the breather would seem to me to be path of least resistance for the pressure.
 

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Just ride it regularly instead of letting it sit to long, instead of looking at it ride it, so simple.
 
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I keep hearing the term "hydrolock" being repeated on this forum. But if you don't seriously overfill the oil tank, and then let it all drain into the sump - you will never have hydrolock. Maybe if all your oil was in the sump and then you filled the oil tank again before starting - and later parked the bike long enough to let all that extra oil drain into the sump - perhaps then you could experience hydro lock.

You just have to remember how much oil was in the sump before you parked it. Then just start it again as normal and check the oil level again later.
 
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I'd like to pose a dumb question.

My (new-to-me) '73 Trident, in the workshop manual says before starting to kick/turn it over with ignition off to pump some of the oil back into the oil tank. As my '72 Commando doesn't have a convenient way to drain oil (after the fact) why can't I do the same thing (get my exercise and kick over the bike for a few minutes to pump some of the oil back into the tank)? Or are the engine case pressures different between the two bikes that even kicking over causes the problem Jim is attempting to avoid?
See #24 in this thread. If you don't mind the exercise, leave the ignition plugs in.

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I'd like to pose a dumb question.

My (new-to-me) '73 Trident, in the workshop manual says before starting to kick/turn it over with ignition off to pump some of the oil back into the oil tank. As my '72 Commando doesn't have a convenient way to drain oil (after the fact) why can't I do the same thing (get my exercise and kick over the bike for a few minutes to pump some of the oil back into the tank)? Or are the engine case pressures different between the two bikes that even kicking over causes the problem Jim is attempting to avoid?
The trident doesn't have the same problem as the Commando because the Norton pistons both come down at the same time whereas the Trident has each of the 3 pistons descend one after the other so you don't get the same pressure build up and won't blow a seal. The Norton might blow a seal when kicking over if its way overfilled with oil and the sump is nearly full. I doubt you will have a seal blowing problem with the Trident.

As far as resistance to spinning the crank goes - a winter cold Norton is pretty bad wet sumped or not. I haven't noticed it being than resistant in the summer - wet sumped or not - but it gets bloody hot in the Calif summer and your bike is already warmed up before its running.
 
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Who is the best source for those?
Andover Norton. They want about USD 35 and I'd guess around 10-15 bucks shipping (5 days in my experience). If you can find it cheaper in the states, let us know. I'm planning on adding one or three to my next AN order.
 

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Andover Norton. They want about USD 35 and I'd guess around 10-15 bucks shipping (5 days in my experience). If you can find it cheaper in the states, let us know. I'm planning on adding one or three to my next AN order.
Should have gone that way. Prices in the US seem to be in the $70 range. I ordered one from CBS.
 
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