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Amazing how things escalate!!

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by baz, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    I decided to strip the transmission on my commando just to remove my maney outrigger
    It had cracked at the top again despite me making sure it was perfectly flat to the gearbox cradle
    So I have given up with it
    While I am in there I am going up one tooth on the gearbox sprocket
    So might as well put a new iwis drive chain on
    And I can check my modified drive on the Alton is working as it should (thanks for the modification Yves)
    Then I noticed some play in the swinging arm bushes so they need replacing
    Also the back tyre was getting near the limit so I have ordered a new one and whilst it's on the ramp I might as well tidy it up a little?
    I'm sure we have all been there!!!
    I was only going to remove the outrigger!!!
  2. bsaboss

    bsaboss VIP MEMBER

    Sep 11, 2009
    How true - the slippery slope of doing one job. I wonder how many full restorations on a Commando began with replacing a defective horn (given you've already dismantled half the bike to get to the horn).
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  3. peter12


    Jun 18, 2013
    Many years ago in about 1975 I had a BSA A65. I started to give it a good clean and ended up with it completely dismantled in my parents garage. Don't think there was anything wrong with it!
    It seems to be a habit that hasn't gone away! At 62 you'd think I'd know better. My Commando needs a little work, I'm fighting the urge to strip it and start again!
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  4. ashman


    Jul 11, 2010
    Its all part of ownership and maintenance of any British motorcycles or any motorcycles for that matter, plus you get to know your bike better.

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  5. alan hodge

    alan hodge

    Oct 10, 2017
    it called Anal Retentive Motorcyclista Sindrome
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  6. Rosey


    Aug 6, 2011
    Well it is called a "Shipwrights restoration" ,this where you start off varnishing the hand rails and ending up putting half new keel in the boat.
    Like friend of mine wanted new clutch in his bike,he got carried away and we did a total restoration on it.
    Brett (Shipwright/Boatbuilder)
  7. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    Dunno what you mean Baz. Nothing like that has ever happened to me...:rolleyes:
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  8. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
  9. Steves


    Oct 16, 2016
    Learn to procrastinate, it helps with this problem. I think the Aussie term is "she'll be right mate"
  10. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    I did the same to an A65 in 1978 but but I had blown second gear and the timing side main bush was shagged so at least I had a reason to start stripping it!!
  11. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
    I'll bet this is an odd disassembly reason:
    I have to totally disassemble my Commando and put it in the back of our Hyundai Santa Fe to get it back to the US.

    It can't leave Mexico as a "motorcycle" without being confiscated at the border. I won't go into a drawn-out explanation of this, suffice to say laws here can be a bit strange. So I'll have the perfect opportunity to completely restore it...except I don't really have any reason to do that. :(
  12. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    I d
    Blimey commando smuggling and a genuine reason for a rebuild!
    It don't get any better than that
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  13. swooshdave


    Apr 15, 2009
    If you procrastinate you just sit there with a pile of parts you took apart.
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  14. Steves


    Oct 16, 2016
    I was kinda of thinking not to take them apart in the first place. But fair point if starting with bits.
  15. baz

    baz VIP MEMBER

    May 26, 2010
    My bike was built from parts in fact most of the bikes I have owned/still own were built from parts it's a sickness
  16. Bernhard


    Apr 20, 2011
    The bike was built from single parts at the factory in the first place, why we go and strip it down and put it all back together again means we're bored and have too much time on our hands you would never strip down your wrist watch would you?
  17. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

    Nov 11, 2013
    Same in NZ.
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  18. MichaelB

    MichaelB VIP MEMBER

    Jan 14, 2004

    Uhh, maybe......
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  19. maylar

    maylar VIP MEMBER

    May 13, 2007
    It's called the "mightaswells". Once you get into it you mightaswell do this and that too. And it's not unique to the motorcycle world. A buddy went to change the light bulb in his 69 Olds 442 glove box.. the socket was corroded, mightaswell replace it.. ooh look, rust holes on the firewall... Changing a light bulb led to a frame-off restoration. Damn those mightaswells.
  20. jeffdavison


    Feb 22, 2011
    Project creep is a very insidious disease, can effect family, friends and social life. Unfortunately it is extremely common and the medicines side effects are far worse than the symptoms.

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