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Ha, it’s not de-combatized. Still has the 2S cam and higher Comp. Made some improvement with the superblend though

Cheers N

Superblend first, second improve the breather from sump to the timing chest (with the modify of the oil line in the cases and cutting the sump noise) or using the CNW breather in the same original place, third a thicker copper head gasket, four cutting the theet of the flat brass spacer of the cam.
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Likely to be a late '72 model, as the "Norton girl" photos were changed regularly. That particular magazine ad appeared as late as Jan./Feb. '73.
Possibly, but since it does not have a "basketweave" seat, maybe not?
 

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Possibly, but since it does not have a "basketweave" seat, maybe not?

As you say, however, there's no evidence so far of the grab rail being available (or optional) for '72. It isn't listed in the '72 parts book and none of the '72 road test models appear to have one.
 
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Guys,

Don’t make an issue about a seat or a grab rail . Yesterday I made my first 2 hour drive. All went well, thing started first kick and idles perfectly! Stopped a few times to inspected oil fuel etc. no leaks found and all good. As I’m used to have an oil indication, I must add that to the bike. There’s some reading to do about that....

Nick

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Guys,

Don’t make an issue about a seat or a grab rail . Yesterday I made my first 2 hour drive. All went well, thing started first kick and idles perfectly! Stopped a few times to inspected oil fuel etc. no leaks found and all good. As I’m used to have an oil indication, I must add that to the bike. There’s some reading to do about that....

Nick

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Well done,
enjoy.
Ciao
Piero
 
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Guys,

Don’t make an issue about a seat or a grab rail . Yesterday I made my first 2 hour drive. All went well, thing started first kick and idles perfectly! Stopped a few times to inspected oil fuel etc. no leaks found and all good. As I’m used to have an oil indication, I must add that to the bike. There’s some reading to do about that....

Nick

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If you are interested in a warning light setup, as opposed to a gauge, post #53 on this page has some photos : https://www.accessnorton.com/NortonCommando/oil-pressure-sensor.21889/page-3
I have one of these (as well as a gauge) and it works great. Contact Don Pender by email for more info: madass140@gmail.com
 
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As you got the bike from Norton Holland they do a nice oil gauge complete with line and mounting plate. You need to modify the plate with a hacksaw and drill. I shortened mine and mounted on the left handle bar clamp.
 

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Combats always seem to get a bad press but they really aren't that bad just
Just ride the hell out of it mate
 
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Hey there guys. I know this is a really old thread but a '72 will be arriving for me later this month and I'm pretty excited about it. I have the same questions as Nick and now that he's had his for a good while I would love to know how things worked out with it.

Mine should be arriving very similar to Nick's. It is original with likely only the bearings replaced. I don't believe there is any oil scavenging modifications to the case.

I should note also that this is my first bike. I have never ridden before. I don't even have a license. I just love the idea and wanted to give it a go. I have a '67 MG that I love working on and driving and figured a British bike would be nice to have as well.

Cheers,
Rob
 

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I have the same questions as Nick and now that he's had his for a good while I would love to know how things worked out with it.

Mine should be arriving very similar to Nick's. It is original with likely only the bearings replaced. I don't believe there is any oil scavenging modifications to the case.

I should note also that this is my first bike. I have never ridden before. I don't even have a license.
As this is your first bike, I THINK you won't be sustaining high engine revs for any lengths of time while riding.

Therefore, you shouldn't be at risk of sump starvation in normal everyday riding.
 
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The oil scavenging issue shows itself at high sustained revs, such as on an Autobahn at 90. As long as you have superblend mains and the layshaft inner bearing is the roller upgrade or a resin caged ball then should be no issues.
 
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Superblend first, second improve the breather from sump to the timing chest (with the modify of the oil line in the cases and cutting the sump noise) or using the CNW breather in the same original place, third a thicker copper head gasket, four cutting the theet of the flat brass spacer of the cam.
Ciao
Piero
And break off the 2 locator tabs of the timing side cam thrust washer.
 

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Hey there guys. I know this is a really old thread but a '72 will be arriving for me later this month and I'm pretty excited about it. I have the same questions as Nick and now that he's had his for a good while I would love to know how things worked out with it.

Mine should be arriving very similar to Nick's. It is original with likely only the bearings replaced. I don't believe there is any oil scavenging modifications to the case.

I should note also that this is my first bike. I have never ridden before. I don't even have a license. I just love the idea and wanted to give it a go. I have a '67 MG that I love working on and driving and figured a British bike would be nice to have as well.

Cheers,
Rob
You’ve got guts having a combat as a first bike. Go slow at first, get used to the controls and stay as far away from cars as possible. My first combat bought in ‘73 was my sixth motorcycle, started with a Honda 55.
 

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The oil scavenging issue shows itself at high sustained revs, such as on an Autobahn at 90. As long as you have superblend mains and the layshaft inner bearing is the roller upgrade or a resin caged ball then should be no issues.
As a long time combat owner I agree completely with what kommando says above. If your model didn’t come with spin on oil filter (my early combat did not) you might get the kit to add this.
 

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Hey there guys. I know this is a really old thread but a '72 will be arriving for me later this month and I'm pretty excited about it. I have the same questions as Nick and now that he's had his for a good while I would love to know how things worked out with it.

Mine should be arriving very similar to Nick's. It is original with likely only the bearings replaced. I don't believe there is any oil scavenging modifications to the case.

I should note also that this is my first bike. I have never ridden before. I don't even have a license. I just love the idea and wanted to give it a go. I have a '67 MG that I love working on and driving and figured a British bike would be nice to have as well.

Cheers,
Rob
Maybe put it away for a few months and get a second hand 250 - 350 and ride the xxxx out of it for a few months first?
 

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Just ride the hell out of it mate
Yeah, and when he's doing that on the highway chasing a modern sportbike, his crank will blow, along with his cases and likely disaster will ensue...

You CANNOT simply disregard the FACT that unmodified Combat cases starve the engine of oil at sustained high speeds.
 

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Yeah, and when he's doing that on the highway chasing a modern sportbike, his crank will blow, along with his cases and likely disaster will ensue...

You CANNOT simply disregard the FACT that unmodified Combat cases starve the engine of oil at sustained high speed

Yeah, and when he's doing that on the highway chasing a modern sportbike, his crank will blow, along with his cases and likely disaster will ensue...

You CANNOT simply disregard the FACT that unmodified Combat cases starve the engine of oil at sustained high speeds.
Maybe my comment was taken out of context, and bit more literal than I meant!
I don't think that many people hold their stock combat at 90mph plus for mile after mile
 

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Best of luck and what a great first bike. You will be the first in a while not to have to adjust to a four down right side pattern. Please pay as much attention to developing good and safe riding habits as you do getting the bike right.
 
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Best of luck and what a great first bike. You will be the first in a while not to have to adjust to a four down right side pattern. Please pay as much attention to developing good and safe riding habits as you do getting the bike right.

One up 3 down on the right gear change and being a new rider I think you will have no problem getting use to the Norton gear change, only people who have come from left gear change bikes and getting on a Norton have problems getting use to the different gear patten but once you train your brain you be right.
I have modern bikes with left gear change and I don't have any problems with jumping on my Norton as I do know which bike am riding at the time with the change in gear pattens, well after riding the Norton for over 45 years now it comes natural for me and really I prefer the right Norton gear change, its also lot smoother as well, well mine is anyway.
No need to get another bike to learn on just ride the Norton and get use to it and learn to ride it straight up.

Ashley
 
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