What Did You Do With Your Commando Today?

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Thanks LAB. Seems straightforward enough, according to that link. I presume I should maintain the same order of the plates that I take out once I've inspected and cleaned. I don't want to put them back in the wrong order. Assuming the plates were originally assembled correctly in the clutch...Big "if" there.
 

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Thanks LAB. Seems straightforward enough, according to that link. I presume I should maintain the same order of the plates that I take out once I've inspected and cleaned. I don't want to put them back in the wrong order. Assuming the plates were originally assembled correctly in the clutch...Big "if" there.

Depends on what's in there. If original, then the first plate behind the spring should be the thick pressure plate, then a fibre friction, then plain and so on with the last being a friction plate as the backplate should be riveted to the clutch 'chainwheel'/drum.
 

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Depends on what's in there. If original, then the first plate behind the spring should be the thick pressure plate, then a fibre friction, then plain and so on with the last being a friction plate as the backplate should be riveted to the clutch 'chainwheel'/drum.
This is very helpful LAB. Thanks. I have what I need now to tackle this investigation. I'll check back once I've gotten in there to look around.
 

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With the pushrod screw adjuster removed, the clutch operating lever the cable attaches to (item 33) can drop out of position (although it won't fall out) especially if the clutch lever is pulled. If it does then you will have a very stiff clutch so that is something you need to watch out for and reset it if it drops, the pic below shows the correct position.


 
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actually sunday morning rode to local town/cafe where a bunch of guys meet twice a month for breakfast ..a couple of hinkley triumphs, an old BMW a couple of crotch rockets many 'adventure' bikes KTM/Aprillia etc introduced myself will go back in a couple of weeks with camera and notepad and do story for my newspaper on the group Catawba River Basin Bike and Breakfast.....one of the chaps took a pic of me here it is
 

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I went to town to the local Brewery and had a beer with another motorcycle enthusiast. Our nice hot days are numbered here so we have to get out as often as we can...
 

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actually sunday morning rode to local town/cafe where a bunch of guys meet twice a month for breakfast ..a couple of hinkley triumphs, an old BMW a couple of crotch rockets many 'adventure' bikes KTM/Aprillia etc introduced myself will go back in a couple of weeks with camera and notepad and do story for my newspaper on the group Catawba River Basin Bike and Breakfast.....one of the chaps took a pic of me here it is
Nice motorcycle !
 

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Today, Roadster to Interstate test ride: was a success. 175 miles. Slight back ache, not quite as comfortable as the Roadster position, but fine. Will keep it on. May look at rotating the bars a touch, to see if it reduces the reach.

No leaks from the tank. But at lunchtime, I noticed a dark blob of oil on the top of the primary, strange. On inspection, a little splash on the starter cover, a drip on the front face of the primary and the first two black fins below the head, by the LH exhaust rose, had oil over them. Less so, but the same on the right front fins. Head gasket? It was slightly sticky/congealed in texture, maybe a bit like Wellseal.
 
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Apart from a quick jaunt out to find E5 fuel locally (no luck, only local station had sold out), I actually made a pathetic attempt at polishing the beast!
Why??
'Cos it's got a date tomorrow.... Meeting a BBW (Interstate) which I understand is already getting wet at the prospect....
 
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Apart from a quick jaunt out to find E5 fuel locally (no luck, only local station had sold out), I actually made a pathetic attempt at polishing the beast!
Why??
'Cos it's got a date tomorrow.... Meeting a BBW (Interstate) which I understand is already getting wet at the prospect....
Now I'm worried...
 
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Apart from a quick jaunt out to find E5 fuel locally (no luck, only local station had sold out), I actually made a pathetic attempt at polishing the beast!
Why??
'Cos it's got a date tomorrow.... Meeting a BBW (Interstate) which I understand is already getting wet at the prospect....
Maybe little Commandos will be on the way sometime thereafter...
 
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Didn’t even look at it, so nothing today. After the club ride on Sep 19 the plan is to confirm cam timing and install the shortened pushrods while going back to a single copper head gasket. Maybe install new jet needles and needle jets.
 

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actually sunday morning rode to local town/cafe where a bunch of guys meet twice a month for breakfast ..a couple of hinkley triumphs, an old BMW a couple of crotch rockets many 'adventure' bikes KTM/Aprillia etc introduced myself will go back in a couple of weeks with camera and notepad and do story for my newspaper on the group Catawba River Basin Bike and Breakfast.....one of the chaps took a pic of me here it is
Hey there Alan, it looks like you have some nice signal lights on the back there. I've been searching for some similar lights that are small and bright, and blink to warn people that I'm around. I took my lights from my road bike that I use for triathlon training and put them on my Norton. Here's a link to the Amazon site where you can see them.

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I would like to get something similar for the Norton that I can wire into the electrics so that I don't have to worry about my wee strap on lights running out of charge while I'm out riding, or forget to charge them before I Go out for a ride. Do you guys know of anyplace that sells this type of light accessory for bikes? These are essentially blinking high intensity lights that you see cyclist using on their road bikes so that cars can see them.
 
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Took cover off.
Wiped oil off lightly leaking left fork tube seal area.
Squeezed tires by hand.
Started to rain so covered her up again.
 

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Went for a ride on my '62 Atlas. Of all things ended up following a '47 Indian Chief on some back roads with nice corners. Watching the Indian from the back going around corners - with the bike kind of squiggling - made me realize how revolutionary the featherbed frame must have been in the early '50's. Complimented the owner on taking such a pretty bike out for some exercise.
 
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