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CNW starter kit

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Fullauto, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Fullauto

    Fullauto VIP MEMBER

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    Just received my CNW starter kit. What an absolute work of art. Absolutely first class. My right knee thanks you, Matt and John.
     
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  2. Guido

    Guido

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    Welcome to the club. It was a toss up between getting a Fullauto Head or the starter. The first time you hit the button you realize you had made the right choice. Still wish those heads were still being made.
     
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  3. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

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    They are magnificent. I opted for the polished primary and chrome starter and it's OMG beautiful.
     
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  4. worntorn

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    Keep it up guys, add starters, stiffen up the swing arm, upgrade the isos. I don't know how you will beef up the crank and cases but you'll need to do that too.
    Eventually you will have converted the bike into the most desirable model of them all, the MK3!
    Seriously, it does look like a good system, probably better than the MK3.
     
  5. cjandme

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    I guess I'm bass ackwards, because I took the 'lectric leg off of my MkIII. ;o)....it's all packed up and ready to go back on when I need it.
     
  6. baz

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    It's funny how times change
    Back in the day I wouldn't have stood in the same street as an electric tart commando!!
    All that extra weight for something you don't need,gear change on the wrong side etc
    But now times have changed I'd love a MK3 !!!
    But
     
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  7. Craig

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    I am old ,stiff and sore .... however the Commando is not a difficult bike to start with kick lever , once procedure figured it almost always one kick and fired up .... lots of videos online starting with slippers , flip flops and some by hand ... while I sometimes used to wish for a button lately bike works so well , no need , been a long time since it quit at a light etc. ... to each his own , eh ..... story in recent Classic Bike Guide on a Vincent the owner starts it with sneakers on claiming no big deal , for example ...
     
  8. baz

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    You must be in better shape than a lot of us
    I can't kick with my right leg anymore and putting the weight on my right whilst kicking with my left was extremely painful even with an extended lever
    As I said times change
     
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  9. worntorn

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    That is true.
    I've started a few Vincents for aging Vincent owners who were out on a group ride, stopped to gas up and just didn't have enough leg strength to roll the engine thru quickly. I don't know how these guys manage when on their own.
    At one rally where I helped a couple of fellows with this, a US member joked that they should all carry a Canadian on the pillion for starting.
    I'm sure they could all kick them easily when younger just as I'm sure my day will come.

    Glen
     
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  10. maylar

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    I can't balance my bike and kick start it on the wheels any more. So that means putting it up on the center stand, which I have a hard time doing on my own. I also seem to have lost the "knack" in getting a swift enough kick to start the 850. All this means riding the Norton had become a chore rather than the joy it used to be. That's all changed now. Click, vroom. Heavenly.
     
  11. o0norton0o

    o0norton0o VIP MEMBER

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    It's not the same ease of kick starting for every commando. My bike has a bit higher compression than stock. I'm not exactly sure of the compression ratio, but the head has been skimmed, I have no base gasket, and use a flame ring head gasket. I'm 210lbs, and every now and then the compression just stops me mid-kick, and I do launch myself into the air to apply the maximum force to the lever.

    I seriously doubt anyone here could kick my bike over sitting on the seat, much less start it with their hand as was seen on some Youtube video. As Craig said, the key is to have your bike idling so solidly that it doesn't stall in traffic, so you aren't kicking away as the light turns green...

    The CNW starter is just another wish list gem...
     
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  12. lazyeye6

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    I would no longer be able to start my bike if not for the cNw electric start. I done got old.
     
  13. batrider

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    I won't do it to my Norton. If I can't start it anymore then I probably shouldn't be on it. That point is coming soon too!
     
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  14. Craig

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    My bike is ‘72 Combat Commando yes with high and tight compression , my left knee has been rebuilt once from football injury then the joint was cleaned up with scope 20yrs or so later , my left leg was broken in 3 spots (sport again) and fixed with 8” bolt , later removed once bone knitted , am on list for both hip replacement .... I start bike on center stand with left leg , in a pinch I can get it with right when sitting on bike but that always hurts for couple days later , guess my point was if bike tuned to a “T”and you familiar it not a hard bike to start , for me it ,gas on , enricher on 2 easy kicks , then enricher off , key on and swing kicker through and fire , I have lever set back giving me maybe 45 degree kick as don’t like the thing pushing in back of my leg , bike has started this way for a long time , if it needs more than 2 swings , I start looking for issue , usually it is forgot to turn petcock on .... 175 lbs. soaking wet ....
     
  15. BritTwit

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    The Commando cries out for something unique, like the old Coffman shotgun cartridge starter.
    Way cooler than the plain Jane E-Starter.



    Picture yourself leaving the restaurant, inserting a cartridge in the Commando primary, turning on the key, and pulling a lanyard on the starter trigger.
    Bang, a puff a cloud of smoke and your loud Commando comes to life.
    Super cool!!!!
     
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  16. Craig

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    Now that is serious cool way to get going !
     
  17. MexicoMike

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    Remember...Norton had planned to have E start in the Commando much earlier than the Mark III. Those who have installed E-start on pre Mark IIIs are just "completing" the work Norton wanted to do but the bean counters wouldn't allow...

    So if you have installed e-start, you can argue that your Norton is as Norton intended it to be!:D
     
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  18. baz

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    Ha ha that's one way of looking at it!!
    My 750 has grown a starter motor a braced swing arm, uprated ISOs a disc rear wheel etc etc I have a norvil belt drive and clutch (it's actually the best clutch I have ever had on any motorcycle) I like to think my bike is what they would have been like if they'd carried on making them into the 80s
    Having said that there is nothing wrong with a stock 750
     
  19. zefer

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  20. cyclegeezer

    cyclegeezer

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    Is the shotgun an augment to the starter motor? To my old eyes, it appears the engine starts turning before the blast.
     

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