What Did You Do With Your Commando Today?

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Looking into that, moving some wires around, and after 10,000 miles with the spin-on filter on the feed side of the oil pump, gonna see if it makes a farts worth of a difference swapping the lines so the filter is on the return side of the plumbing.
You are one lucky guy.

On the one hand I like the idea of filtering the oil before it enters the engine, on the other hand you are asking the feed side of the pump to pull a load it wasn't designed for; hard to argue with the 10K mile positive experience you have had.

I have wondered if modifying the timing cover would make it possible to have a conventional configuration:

Feed===Pump===Filter===Engine

Rather than what you had/have:

Feed===Filter===Pump===engine

But you added:
No breakdown story, but my catch can was over full of froth by the time I got home.

I don't think froth pumps well, although some of the machine tools I rebuilt spun at 40,000 RPM and required an oil mist...

Others may have facts that favor one config over the other. I'll just wish you continued good luck.

Best.
 

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Man! You're making me homesick! I went to Western for a couple years and did the commute from Waterloo to London along hwy 7 and the back roads. I love that route. In fact I take the same route when I go to Waterloo from my home here in Michigan. Small world man!
 

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Well, I gave them a cleanup and they don't look too bad. I wonder, are these friction pads ruined when they are soaked in oil, similar to brake shoes on your car? They feel a little smooth and greasy to the touch even after cleaning with degreaser and brake cleaner.
If they are ruined by oil, my clutch has been ruined for nearly 50 years - LOL!!
 

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Man! You're making me homesick! I went to Western for a couple years and did the commute from Waterloo to London along hwy 7 and the back roads. I love that route. In fact I take the same route when I go to Waterloo from my home here in Michigan. Small world man!
You would have gone through Stratford - my home town - LOL

And then you would have passed through Shakespeare, home of my uncle Dick Wilson's bike shop, Shakespeare Cycle... Pretty much a shrine, back in the day, to any local Norton, BSA, and Triumph rider...

Small world indeed.
 
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You are one lucky guy.

On the one hand I like the idea of filtering the oil before it enters the engine, on the other hand you are asking the feed side of the pump to pull a load it wasn't designed for; hard to argue with the 10K mile positive experience you have had.

I have wondered if modifying the timing cover would make it possible to have a conventional configuration:

Feed===Pump===Filter===Engine

Rather than what you had/have:

Feed===Filter===Pump===engine

But you added:


I don't think froth pumps well, although some of the machine tools I rebuilt spun at 40,000 RPM and required an oil mist...

Others may have facts that favor one config over the other. I'll just wish you continued good luck.

Best.
Comnoz has done that.


IIRC this is the thread that spawned his oil tests.
 

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Comnoz has done that.


IIRC this is the thread that spawned his oil tests.

I read the link you sent, thanks. My take was that there was a lot more to Comnoz's implementation other than just placing the filter in the feed.

Best
 

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...rode to the beach for dinner
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You are one lucky guy.

On the one hand I like the idea of filtering the oil before it enters the engine, on the other hand you are asking the feed side of the pump to pull a load it wasn't designed for; hard to argue with the 10K mile positive experience you have had.

I have wondered if modifying the timing cover would make it possible to have a conventional configuration:

Feed===Pump===Filter===Engine

Rather than what you had/have:

Feed===Filter===Pump===engine

But you added:


I don't think froth pumps well, although some of the machine tools I rebuilt spun at 40,000 RPM and required an oil mist...

Others may have facts that favor one config over the other. I'll just wish you continued good luck.

Best.
Froth isn't being pumped through the motor. It accumulates in the top of the oil tank froth tower and is forced out of the tower into my catch can by crank case pressure. Crank case pressure along with the frothy mist is coming out of the breather in the timing cover and going straight up to the top of the oil tank. My oil is however full of tiny bubbles the size of the sharp end of a pin, which I was thinking might be contributing to the froth and being generated because the pump is doing overtime. But like a lot of things I think of, it's probably all delusional BS.
 
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Wheeled her out of the garage, quick oil check, fitted the knock-off AirHawk, met up with the crew, and rode the north shore of Lake Erie. Clocked 215 miles. Didn't miss a beat. Logged 57 mpg.
Did nothing on her today (rain) , but off to London this Sunday morn. 3 hrs. rest , then a reverse to Elora for the evening in an Inn. Then trout fishing , then home to Toronto.
 

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Today I lamented the sale of mine , as bad as putting a most faithful dog down ,type feeling …. I do really like the GT and does resemble the Norton in several ways , just so damn good once I got it set up … if I live long enough no doubt I will own another Commando .,,
 
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I eyeballed mine for a bit and almost pulled it out for a ride, but it was just too hot.
 

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Rode with a buddy to test his 2005 Bonnie after dealing with flooding Keihin’s . All good ( for now ! ) Nice 40 mile jaunt through the South Jersey pines to Mott’s Creek Inn for lunch .Pretty popular destination for bikers but today we were the only bikes there. Couldn’t help but notice some new signage -
“ All Bikers welcome but - no road runs , no clubs/ events , no colors “
Somehow I don’t think it was directed at Norton owners but I could be wrong.
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I dodged the weather and rode to the next town to visit a friend. 800 trouble free miles since the rebuild and she seems to run better and better each time out. Minor seepage out the tach cable over 3000rpm but hopefully will be rectified when I get this reed breather installed.
 

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Went to the pub
 

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Hey Baz, your bike looks great, so does that Mountain Cub next door !
That cub belongs to a mate of mine
It is absolutely mint!
In fact all his bikes are mint unlike mine!!!
He left early coz he's scared of the dark
 

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Yeah I like a nice Cub too. Trouble is I don’t fit them as nicely as I did when I was 17. And they certainly seemed a lot more powerful to me back then too (after a Honda 50 it would wouldn't it?) !!
 

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That cub belongs to a mate of mine
It is absolutely mint!
In fact all his bikes are mint unlike mine!!!
He left early coz he's scared of the dark

Yeah, it looks great. I had one and sold it @ 10 years ago, drivers kept pulling out on me, I guess they thought it was a push bike it was so slim. Kinda wish I still had it now though.
 
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Afraid of dark here too , more deer than people on roads from dusk to sunup , just too stressful now to take the risk …. Age?
 
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