P11 Taming Vibration

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Chain guard first appeared on the P11A I believe... Wasn't a feature on the original single seaters.
 

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My favorite grips which I use on my P11 are the Camco tacky grips. They don't last forever but they feel great. Install with 3M grip tape.
 
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Chain guard first appeared on the P11A I believe... Wasn't a feature on the original single seaters.
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That makes sense. I can't find any evidence of how it might have been done on my P11.

Also excuse me for bringing this thread back up. I just noticed it was 5 years old.
 
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P400- did you have a lot of seat time on your P11 before you converted to JS internals? if so, can you quantify the relative change in engine characteristics- vibration level, power output, etc? Did you rebalance the crank and if so to what balance factor?
 

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I have a low compression P11 and while great on windy country roads, I try to keep the speeds below 50-60. Gets a bit vibey above that. Hard to believe a P11 -even with JS long rods, lightweight pistons - would be anywhere close to a well-adjusted Commando for smoothness at speed.
 
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Elfix,
In my experience a balanced motor does make a difference. I had my P11 10 years and put at least 8000 miles on it before I got it balanced using Norton parts. I could tell the difference immediately underway. I dug up my receipts to see if the balance factor was listed, but all the receipt says is balanced engine. It was done in 1988. I also owned a 72 750 Commando, but did not hold onto it. I still have the P11.

I can't really compare power level and engine characteristics, because I basically turned the motor into a breathed on Combat engine with more carburetion when I put it back together after I had the crank balanced. It makes more power, and has more grunt everywhere in the powerband.
 

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