Getting a 2010 Norton 961 SE out of winter storage

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Hi Guys

With my old BSA Super Rocket, and with the petrol taps closed, I generally trickle some oil into the cylinders with one of the wife’s knitting needles, with pistons at BDC, and turn the rear wheel in 4th gear with sparking plugs out about 20 times, then use the kickstart about 20 times in 4th gear, to get some oil to the big ends, then replace the plugs and fire it up.

With the 961, I was going to take the fuse out for the fuel injectors, while I try to lubricate the cylinders and big ends, but I cannot get a knitting needle in the cylinders as the sparking plug hole is small compared to the “Rocket”, also, I am not sure whether the oil pump mechanical or electrical to crank the oil to the big ends
Any thoughts?
 
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The oil pump is definitely mechanical . The oil pump is driven off the end of the balancer shaft. The big ends of the Norton 961 do not appeared to be lubricated the same as an old British Twin with the shell big ends. It is more like a 2 cycle engine with roller big ends that are splash lubricated. There are no plain metal bearings in the Norton Engine except for the bronze bushes in the rocker arms. This should be verified with the factory , but I don't think you need to worry about pumping up the big ends at all. The lifters however require oil pressure . Frankly , I would just crank it over with the spark plugs out but grounded . That should be good enough. In fact , if it was just one winter off I would just fire it up and let it Idle. It will be ok. My bike does just fine . Tony
 
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TonyA said:
The oil pump is definitely mechanical . The oil pump is driven off the end of the balancer shaft. The big ends of the Norton 961 do not appeared to be lubricated the same as an old British Twin with the shell big ends. It is more like a 2 cycle engine with roller big ends that are splash lubricated. There are no plain metal bearings in the Norton Engine except for the bronze bushes in the rocker arms. This should be verified with the factory , but I don't think you need to worry about pumping up the big ends at all. The lifters however require oil pressure . Frankly , I would just crank it over with the spark plugs out but grounded . That should be good enough. In fact , if it was just one winter off I would just fire it up and let it Idle. It will be ok. My bike does just fine . Tony

Agree with all of that.
 
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Are we talking about a Canadian winter or a Florida one? With modern machines just fire up. Do you really think you'll be around by the time you've worn the bike out from starting it up in the spring? :mrgreen:
 
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Hi Swooshdave

It is an English winter.

Unfortunately, the bike will have been off the road for eight months due to illness (mine not the bike's)

Cheers

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