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A long, fun day.

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by gortnipper, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

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    663 km today (412 mi) Auckland to Wellington. Lots of fast twisties. Another 500 on deck tomorrow.

    A couple casualties though. Leaky fork seal, my speedo died an hour after I left, so tach speedo all the way down. And I had the second Ceandless filler cap seal fail this month. I hate that cap. I have to get a real cap. 20190221_114841.jpg
     
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  2. ntst8

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    Good to see it’s going well.
    For me it was the Inland Kaikoura Road today, nice run
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  3. blaisestation

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    Jealous ! (no way i could get mine back together in time)
    Enjoy .
     
  4. CanukNortonNut

    CanukNortonNut

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    Nice run.
    My speedometer gearbox failed on me once on a long distance run. That's only a small inconvenience.
    Keep on keep'n on.
    Cheers,
    Thomas
     
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  5. Craig

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    -8C and snowing here , you fellas are making me jealous , right now only bike related thing is getting ready for ride season which is prolly 8 wks away , enjoy your great weather .....
     
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  6. XTINCT

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    You are "livin the dream". Have fun.
     
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  7. Danno

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    Lookin' good, Dave. But just for that, I'm gonna wait until you all down under are freezing your lugnuts off and I'll post up pics of a warm summer day's ride.:p
     
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  8. worntorn

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    Excellent!
    How are those Triumph bags working out?
    They sure look good on there.

    Glen
     
  9. ashman

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    We ride all year round down under only floods and cyclones stop us and our winters are the best for riding, but NZ is a 3 hour flight from my state of Queensland, I have never seen snow in my whole 60 years of life, but one day I want to experience it before I leave this planet.

    Ashley
     
  10. bsaboss

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    Yep, to an Aussie the idea of home delivered snow is totally alien!
     
  11. Fast Eddie

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    I wouldn’t put snow too far up on your bucket list Ash, you’re not missing much!
     
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  12. ashman

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    We do get snow down in the highlands of our southern states in winter so one day I will get down there, we all got to experience it in our life at some stage, where I live our winters only get down to about 6c and of course the Norton loves the cold and I don't mind as long as I am rugged up.

    Ashley
     
  13. Craig

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    At plus 6C , I’m just starting to think I should flip on the heat in my vest , you guys have sublime ride conditions , compared to some places , been snowing lightly here for 24hrs , have pushed snow off driveway 3 times already .... for me our long Fall is best ride time here ....
     
  14. frankdamp

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    Last week, we had our first snow in the neighborhood for 5 years. It melted away the third day and we're not expecting to see it again until maybe next Jan/Feb. Our overnight low temps are about 38F and daytime highs around 45F. We've had some beautiful blue sky & sunshine days in the last week or so and the days are starting to get longer.
     
  15. ashman

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    Your bike looks great and you are enjoying your ride with a few minor problems but we all seem to have over looked your threat now with snow, I have a few Kiwi friends and would love to get over there one day and do a bike trip around your great islands and you do get some great snow over there might do both one day.

    Ashley
     
  16. jbruney

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    I'm stuck in the overcast drizzle & fog of coastal south Texas, but it's in the 60'sF. Never minded my wing in the wet, but the Norton always had a tendency to skitter on wet roads making me uneasy. The Norton is the only one running too....I'm jealous of you after seeing the view....I have to drive all day to see the Davis Mts. and they aren't much being stuck in desert. Plenty of water, but Nortons don't float well.
     
  17. ashman

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    We have a cyclone about 700 ks off shore at the moment and slowly moving towards us, it has stirred up big seas at the moment and high winds but no rain so far we need the rain so badly, but its the first day we haven't been over 30c in over 45 days, my last ride with the mates we copped 38c and after 500ks of riding my brains were cooked for a few days.

    Ashley
     
  18. concours

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    BRAAAAAAP!!!
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  19. gortnipper

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    They have been fantastic.

    You need to slightly enlarge the mounting holes and the brackets will bolt straight up to the outside of the upper shock mount and the inside of the pillion peg. You will have to replace the knurled seat nuts with a nyloc nut though.

    I used some 25mm p-clamps to attach the clip harness to the frame, and some heavy zip ties to draw the harnass together at the front. Will fab up a bracket at some point.
     
  20. jbruney

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    They do look good on the bike.
     

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