What Did You Do With Your Commando Today?

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Today I went out on my commando to watch a couple of mates that were racing in the "lord of lydden" racing at lydden hill
I was the only one out of 8 of us riding an old bike British bike!!
I'd like to thank the bike for getting me there and back without a hiccup
 

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Today I went out on my commando to watch a couple of mates that were racing in the "lord of lydden" racing at lydden hill
I was the only one out of 8 of us riding an old bike British bike!!
I'd like to thank the bike for getting me there and back without a hiccup
Hi Baz, I saw your other post yesterday. I would love to have been there to see those MZ's Ring-a-ding-ding (@100MPH) around Lydden. How was the day? Did you get any snaps?
 

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Tank and side covers are back on yesterday, along with the new front mudguard (courier sid finally arrive). And a new drop of the slippery purple stuff.

Today is doing the final drive tension andnrechecking belt tension and then firing it up to do the transfer gear stop adjusters.

Hopefully will then get it buttoned up. Not likely to ride though as it is raining steadily. The horses are miserable in the paddock.

 

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Hi Baz, I saw your other post yesterday. I would love to have been there to see those MZ's Ring-a-ding-ding (@100MPH) around Lydden. How was the day? Did you get any snaps?
The MZs were good actually as was all of it
Two of my mates were racing in the desmo due class
The 8-13 yr old kids were amazing on their 70cc ?? race bikes
The sidecar racing was brilliant
And the scooter racing
I didn't really take many photos but there was an A50 outfit and a triumph twin outfit that I really liked
 

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Today I went out on my commando to watch a couple of mates that were racing in the "lord of lydden" racing at lydden hill
I was the only one out of 8 of us riding an old bike British bike!!
I'd like to thank the bike for getting me there and back without a hiccup
I am glad you thanked the bike on your return home safe, I always do when I get home a pat on the tank and thank you for a great day out, it has never let me down so works for me but I do this with all my bikes.
 
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Today in Toronto , drove with wife (wearing backpack ) , to Summerhill LCBO store and back in heavy traffic. To carry the wines. Found a wallet last week and made efforts to return it to the owner , so she sent us a 50 gifty card. Bike ran great. Both of us happy and wallet girl even more so I think.
 

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Last wallet I found was sodden wet at the side of the road. Took it home, couldn’t find any ID but there was a golf club membership card. Contacted them and blah, blah, eventually got hold of the guys Mum. The guy was 18 and had been out a few nights prior and got so drunk he didn’t remember getting home, and had lost his wallet.

The Mum did thank me, but kept going on and on about how she ‘couldn’t understand how all the cards were in there but the cash had gone‘. Seemed clear to me she was basically accusing me of taking it. The 18yr old wallet owner never even bothered saying thanks.

Some folks eh ?!
 

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The MZs were good actually as was all of it
Two of my mates were racing in the desmo due class
The 8-13 yr old kids were amazing on their 70cc ?? race bikes
The sidecar racing was brilliant
And the scooter racing
I didn't really take many photos but there was an A50 outfit and a triumph twin outfit that I really liked
Baz,
As a sidecar fan I loved the workmanship on those 2 rigs!
 

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Last wallet I found was sodden wet at the side of the road. Took it home, couldn’t find any ID but there was a golf club membership card. Contacted them and blah, blah, eventually got hold of the guys Mum. The guy was 18 and had been out a few nights prior and got so drunk he didn’t remember getting home, and had lost his wallet.

The Mum did thank me, but kept going on and on about how she ‘couldn’t understand how all the cards were in there but the cash had gone‘. Seemed clear to me she was basically accusing me of taking it. The 18yr old wallet owner never even bothered saying thanks.

Some folks eh ?!
If you stole the money why would you go to the trouble in returning the wallet, like you say some folks, at lease you feel good in yourself doing the right thing, being so drunk and not remembering anything he prob spent the money on getting so drunk, good on you for doing the right thing.
 

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If you stole the money why would you go to the trouble in returning the wallet, like you say some folks, at lease you feel good in yourself doing the right thing, being so drunk and not remembering anything he prob spent the money on getting so drunk, good on you for doing the right thing.
Yep I agree well done Eddie
Now where's my wallet FFS!!!!
 
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The MZs were good actually as was all of it
Two of my mates were racing in the desmo due class
The 8-13 yr old kids were amazing on their 70cc ?? race bikes
The sidecar racing was brilliant
And the scooter racing
I didn't really take many photos but there was an A50 outfit and a triumph twin outfit that I really liked
Baz,
Funny you should post these piccies, as I've just put down the second book by Peter Crawford about BSA A50/A65 developement & racing. The very same timing cover & Lucas points housing is shown. If any of you are interested in the unit BSA twins I can thoroughly recommend both books which seem to be amazingly well researched, & are very hard to put down once you start reading.

Martyn.
 
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Baz,
Funny you should post these piccies, as I've just put down the second book by Peter Crawford about BSA A50/A65 developement & racing. The very same timing cover & Lucas points housing is shown. If any of you are interested in the unit BSA twins I can thoroughly recommend both books which seem to be amazingly well researched, & are very hard to put down once you start reading.

Martyn.
I had an oif lightning when I was a teen-ager
I really shouldn't have had one at that age
I had no mechanical sympathy ,never changed the oil and suffered from it
It was actually a pretty good bike all in all
 
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I had a 1969 Lightning twenty odd years ago. I always fancied one after seeing the '68 model being nicked out the show room in the film IF. I spent a lot of time & money rebuilding it but never really liked it much. I swopped it for a '77 Tr7 Tiger plus cash & still have the Tiger to this day. If i was to build another A65 it would be an OIF model & have a 5 speed box & 750 conversion.
As for my Commando, I haven't ridden it today.
 

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Last wallet I found was sodden wet at the side of the road. Took it home, couldn’t find any ID but there was a golf club membership card. Contacted them and blah, blah, eventually got hold of the guys Mum. The guy was 18 and had been out a few nights prior and got so drunk he didn’t remember getting home, and had lost his wallet.

The Mum did thank me, but kept going on and on about how she ‘couldn’t understand how all the cards were in there but the cash had gone‘. Seemed clear to me she was basically accusing me of taking it. The 18yr old wallet owner never even bothered saying thanks.

Some folks eh ?!

Its easy to assume the worst. The owner was a jerk.
Good on you for taking the high road.
 
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Just a quick zoom out to clear the cobwebs (mine and the bike's!) Was having trouble starting when hot, extra choke and handfuls of throttle suggested a fuelling issue...
Pulled the float chamber from the carb (SU), all looked okay.... BUT, on reinstalling the float pivot pin (screws in on these carbs) found the thread was knackered, so much so that it was allowing a petrol weep.
Temporary bodge was to discard the washer it uses to access a small amount of intact thread, flood liberally with loctite and leave for a fortnight...
(If you've never tried putting the float and needle back in an SU in situ: It's fun... NOT!! Definite 'bench' job.
So... New plugs this morning and all appears to be well. Confident enough to stop for petrol, repaid by instant fire up, and each subsequent stop showed a dry carb and no starting issues.
Obviously I will have to do a permanent fix, but given the shallow depth of thread and the need to be leakproof, I expect 'new metal' then tap as opposed to helicoil?? Any suggestions welcomed, thank you.
 
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