Amal Tickler Prob

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I put the rebuilt Amal's and the rest of the fuel system back on the bike yesterday. It was in the high-50's and the bike hadn't been started all summer - so I had no illusions about getting it running.

But, a little squirt of starting fluid and it roared to life - albeit for a short period.

The "Rider's manual" warns about being overly aggresive with the ticklers, so I was gentle when I pushed each down.

Imagine my suprise when a jet of gasoline began gushing from a vent hole near the tickler.

A) Did I do something incorrectly when reasembling the carbs OR are the ticklers just that fragile?

B) Did I hit the float with the tickler and knock it off its pivot?

C) Will the float-bowl gasket tolerate being removed and reset after only a few days?lem

Ughh, I'm at the steepest part of the learning curve - where every effort leads to another question. I appreciate everyone's patience.

Thanks again for the help.
 

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It sounds as if the float is either hung open or the level is too high. Did the fuel continue to spurt after you released the tickler? These devices just hold the float down so you temporarily flood a little fuel into the carb venturi. You mention a vent hole near the tickler, but I don't recall such a hole in Concentric carbs. It usually flows from around the tickler valve.

A) Ticklers are not fragile. Many people jab them with no harm, although just depressing them until fuel flows is sufficient.

B) If it is assembled properly this is not possible.

C) Depending on the composition of the gasket they can often be re-used within a relatively short period.
 
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Ron,

Is it my imagination or is your list of motorcycles getting longer? Are these current motorcycles? If so, that's an impressive stable. Where the heck do you keep them all?

Jealous as hell,

Jason
 
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Jason Curtiss said:
Ron,

Is it my imagination or is your list of motorcycles getting longer? Are these current motorcycles? If so, that's an impressive stable. Where the heck do you keep them all?

Jealous as hell,

Jason

And I can't help wondering - how do you find time to maintain them all and keep them all running??? Or are some just for display only. I only have four and that's more than I can keep up with! Of course the Norton take 95 percent of my time...

Debby
 

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O.K., O.K., only six of them are licensed and insured. The '59 Bonnie is nearly finished and the P11's are complete but next to be rebuilt. The '68 Fastback is mechanically finished just awaiting paint. They keep getting postponed while I have other people's bikes in the shop (no this is not a business, just a disease). I have had Nortons since 1973. None of my bikes are trailer queens, but I will admit that since I split time among them, none get tremendous mileage. The cafe racer probably got the least this year (~500) with the venerable BMW getting a lion's share, but the Roadster and Interstate probably still have a couple thousand each.

As far as the list getting longer, don't tell my wife, but there are a couple more "Nortons in a box" stashed on the mezzanine of the shop. Amazing what you can collect in 30 years.
 

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"this is not a business, just a disease."

A disease of which there is no known cure, just treatment.
The treatment consists of seeking out and buying another Norton.
 

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Know where I can score a fix?? A nice cammer single (cheap) or flat tanker might do the trick!!
 
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