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Amal Premiers

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Dellis, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. CanukNortonNut


    Aug 8, 2005
    Yes you hold the tickler down until you see fuel. You don't pump.
  2. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
    FWIW, you may find that one carb will "tickle" well and the other will not. As noted, if that's the case, some tickler adjustment may be needed or float level in the poor tickler might be too low.

    I had that on my original set of Amal's - right carb would tickle/drip very quickly while the left took 10-15 seconds to do the same thing. On my new set of Amal premiers it was the opposite - left tickled immediately, right took around 10-15 seconds with float levels identical. ;)
  3. Dellis

    Dellis VIP MEMBER

    Jul 22, 2018
    I checked the float heights before I fitted them and the were both 40 thou below the top the float bowl. Mine tickles quickly on both sides now, it was just the initial tickle that was slow. I turn both fuel taps on pre tickle then once flooded turn reserve off, seems to help but it may well be physiological...

  4. CanukNortonNut


    Aug 8, 2005
    I agree that the fuel tap has an influence.
  5. Bob Z.

    Bob Z.

    Mar 30, 2012
    A practical periodic maintenance check would be to remove the hose from a petcock, turn on, and measure/observe the fuel flow rate into a jar.
    Partially rust/debris plugged petcock strainer screens inside the fuel tank can reduce the flow and effect higher speed running.
    Easy to make this check.
  6. montelatici


    Aug 26, 2009
    Ok, the standard AMAL 932 pair is about 100 bucks less than the "premier". The premier differences are "precision engineered idle circuit", "ethonol resistent stay-up float" and "forged alloy anodized slide". Are they worth the extra 100 bucks?
  7. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
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  8. montelatici


    Aug 26, 2009
    Why? Say the buyer is in his mid to late 60s.
  9. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    Wassell Evolution have the same spec as Premiers, share interchangeable parts and are $50-80 less per pair I believe.
  10. worntorn


    Dec 22, 2006
    If you are older you have even less time remaining to play around.
    Even less time left to faff around with carbs that don't quite work...
    you need the Premieres.
    When my dad reached about 70 he took his $700 four year old malfperforming gas weed Wacker in to the dealership and traded for a new one. I think they gave him $200 for the old one.
    " It worked great for four years and then got hard to start. Tried a new plug etc, didn't help. I don't want to piss around with it, when I feel good enough to do the work I want the damn thing to start"
    He did the same with a riding lawnmower, although I think he upgraded that one.

    I thought he was a bit crazy at the time but now at 64, I get it.
    Which is better, money in an account that you will never use or carbs ( or a weedwacker) that work as intended and don't waste your time on earth.

    It's different if you truly enjoy faffing around with stuff that almost works.

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  11. Niagara850


    Jul 7, 2010
    Mine are also slow to tickle so I open both petcocks when cold. So far no fiddling after set up... first kick starts. No regrets.
  12. montelatici


    Aug 26, 2009
    Thanks, they are over 125 USD less than the Amal premier equivalent for a pair. I just ordered a pair. Read the reviews and they all agree that the Wassells have all the improvements/features of the Amal premiers.
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  13. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    Let us hear how they go for you. I think Madass has used them (from some old obscure post I recall reading).
    At $125 usd less...some good gas money right there!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019

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