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I need to apologize for my quip about the handlebar streamers on your bike to appease the motorcycle god's
Because when I went to my garage today I found my BSA on its side !!
It was on an under frame lift not a ramp but if I'd ratchet strapped the bike to it it wouldn't have happened!! My fault entirely
I got away with just a small dig in the tank where the left clipon rolled round
So please accept my apologies I don't need any problems with this bike build :rolleyes:
No need to apologize, I'm proud of the streamers.
When you only get to ride half way around the block per year, you want really long special streamers on the bike to make the experience memorable.

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Longest day ride from Houston to Van Horn TX. Shows 9 hrs and 626 miles. Wasted at the end of the day and I was only 32 years young.
Longest trip was New York to Los Angeles via southern route. Bought flake blue 1970 Norton in London , North Finchley in 1970. About $900 out the door
with luggage rack. Rode in England, Belgium, Holland, and Mexico.
626 miles in one day on any motorcycle is impressive. On a Commando, it has to be one of the longest.++++++++
 

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I rode 3 miles last night (T7) to make sure my just received back re-flashed ECU was ok. Zip's ass cold out there.
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Back in 74 on my then new Mk2A Interstate I rode from Peregian Beach in Queensland back to Canberra in one day. That's about 850 miles and in those days there were no freeways, and what passed for highways in OZ used to go through every little town along the way. I rode in company with a mate on a Trident and even with the UK tank we still had to stop every hundred miles or so for fuel (Tridents are thirsty buggers at speed). I was 21 and wanted to get home to see my girlfriend. It's amazing the boost to endurance that testosterone gives you.
 
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All the way...lol.
I probably met you there.
Only 3 of us real riders showed up. Everyone else trailered in the bikes in Luxury. Took me a week of relaxed driving , with the wife on back and camping gear. 3 days in a Parry Sound hotel due to rain conditions. Last hotel room in town. Caught fish and walked about a lot including the tower climb. Lovely. I had the silver 76 Interstate and won the long distance driver award. It's only 5 1/2 hrs. N. of T.O. of pure driving but let's get real , you have to gas up , eat , rest. We stayed even longer after the rally so I now need longest stay award. Great crows and pines. Dropped a jet assembly on the way back. Limped into Beaverton for easy help from a bud. Swam next day.
Meet you again next season in Lavigne , I'll be the fishing rod guy with beer in hand. Torontonian.
 

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Your rain post jogged a memory. I was headed home from the Lake of The Pines Rally, put on by the North Texas Norton Owners Assocation. I was riding my 1973 750 Commando with two other friends. We were maybe twenty miles from the house and the sky started to get dark. We pulled under the awning of an out of business burger stand and my two companions began to produce rain suits from the depths of their luggage. I produced my only rain kit, a zip-lock bag for my wallet. Once it was stowed in my tank bag I was ready to rock. The weather did not disappoint. The sky opened up and the rain was some of the heavest I have ever ridden through. It was the type of rain that comes down so fast and hard it can't run off the road and through it all the Norton chugged merrily along. I am still kind of impressed with the old girl, still running her points and all.
...and your story just jogged my memory, August 2020, we went to Two Wheels of Suches, in North Georgia. We rode North into TN, on some amazing roads, did the TOTD, and then, Nantahala, we encountered the most extreme weather I'd ever driven a bike in. Our tour guide for the day, "Semper Gumby", a 737 Captain for Southwest Airlines (riding a BSA Thunderbolt) identified what he called "rotors" and "microbursts". Later, it turned to "just" HEAVY rain, my Commando began running sluggish, dull thudding, low power. I knew exactly what was happening... the "ham can" now contained a WET paper air filter, and my air/fuel mixture had gone full tilt FAT. As I limped down the shoulder, I spied a NAPA auto parts store sign ahead, figuring as good a place as any, turns out there was a craft brew pub attached. While I quickly set to work removing my air filter element, my wing men returned with a frosty draft IPA for me. Two gulps and we were off. GREAT day riding!
 
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Some pretty impressive records here. Wish I could say I'd ridden a Commando in more places, but most of my riding has been in California. Other than that, it's just short rides at Norton rallies in Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina On the other hand, I have road raced my Commandos in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, but that was a long time ago. Now that I'm in my golden years, I'm just enjoying regular rides in Southern California, and hoping for another rally or two close enough that I can attend.

Ken
 
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