Man, I want to ride these rides on MY norton. You make me miss a place I have never been!!! How much more can I add to my bucket list?If you've never done it, my favorite ride when I was testing the Commando was to go up the old A6through Lancaster and Carnforth, then head west on the A590 from Levens Bridge to Newby Bridge. From Newby Bridge, head over to Broughton-in-Furness then towards Ravenglass. Just before Ravenglass, there's a single track road that heads over the fells to Ambleside. It goes over both the Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass - great riding country on a good bike.
For a fairly easy day out from Manchester, you could head back from Ambleside, through Windermere and back to Levens Bridge for the A6 (or the M6!)
I used to take another "white" road out of Ambleside that joined the A592 to Penrith. From Penrith down to Scotch Corner, then the A6108 through Richmond. Since I was headed back to Wolverhampton, I'd take the A684 to just shy of Aysgarth, then head south through Kettlewell to Skipton. From Skipton, I usually took the main roads through Burnley, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, then round Bolton to Wigan and back south on A49 to Shrewsbury, A5 to Telford and then through Shifnal and Boningale to Wolverhampton. That was "all in a day's work", about nine hours altogether and about 490 miles, I think. Great fun, and I was getting paid to do it and getting the petrol to do it on paid for.
Scotch Corner and the A66 Brough road are fairly immortal:grandpaul said:
Tom, since you are going to this much trouble to get the old girl running sweetly, you might consider getting a set of Lansdowne dampers. This kit allows the forks to work as they should and it is not mad money. Even if you leave the forks standard, they need to be nice and clean inside. With the dampers and springs out, the stanchions should slide smoothly in the fork legs with no play. The dampers will most likely have worn and may have water, rust and debris that have built up over the years. You can do a search here or post questions when you get to that stage.Tom Steele said:Thanks Dave really glad to be getting it back to how it should be cant wait to be flying around on her in a month or so,
Gotta mess with the forks next as theres no rebound what so ever haha most likley no oil in them
Then tweak the mag and check the timing and fingers crossed should be good to go
Deffo new levers and bars though the fulcrum measurement is totally wrong
Yes, fitted the kit in a Commando and it works but you will need to play around with it to get it right for you. If you appreciate good suspension on your race bike, then you will want to get those forks to work properly. Lansdowne will also sort your fork bushes, which are as important as the dampers themselves if you want a smooth, responsive action.Tom Steele said:Ahh yup me being half asleep haha on a 18 hour shift haha
the 7/8 pivot distance thing plus the brake lever is an upside down clutch one lol by looks od it
Ever used the Lansdowne kit mate? Been drooling over it for a bit got k-tech stuff in my race bike mind blowing gear ) I always tend to spend on suspension the engine tuning now