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CNW Electric Starter Conversion Installation

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by C317414, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. C317414


    Dec 17, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2018
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  2. nortriubuell


    Aug 29, 2010
    Very, VERY cool. Thanks for posting. Cheers, Pat
  3. Mr. Rick

    Mr. Rick VIP MEMBER

    Feb 6, 2009
    After wearing out my leg this afternoon to no avail, I'm a little more than envious.
    Which part of the instructions was not clear, that required your enquiries and emails? I may be going there soon myself.
  4. Bob Z.

    Bob Z.

    Mar 30, 2012
    Nice video; I like the audio of the bike running too.
    You now are officially cleared to start the Norton while on it's side stand.
  5. robs ss

    robs ss VIP MEMBER

    Aug 16, 2016
    Not sure about others but the botophucket link doesn't work for me...

  6. Guido


    May 23, 2011
    I'm jealous! I ordered a kit about 3 weeks ago. There was a problem with some shipping of parts for the kit to Matt. I got the polished one with the black starter. I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for this kit. My knee won't let me kick it over any more. I have to have my son start it for me. I can't wait!
  7. C317414


    Dec 17, 2017
    I'm in the same situation. I injured my right foot and leg 35 years ago and have kickstarted bikes with my left leg since then. Now my left knee is giving out.

    The kit I installed has the polished inner primary case and black starter. It looks good on the bike.
  8. C317414


    Dec 17, 2017
    The instructions are very thorough, but I like visuals. Matt sent me an exploded view of the starter assembly and this was helpful.. The other questions were not related to the installation procedure. They were about the compatibility of items with the kit: Will the kit work OK with a first generation Boyer ignition? - Yes. Can an existing handlebar switch be used to actuate the starter instead of the supplied switch? - Yes.

    Incidentally, I am a retired aerospace engineer and I am very familiar with fabrication processes, wiring, etc. In my opinion the quality of the design, fabricated parts, and wiring harnesses are top notch.
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  9. lazyeye6

    lazyeye6 VIP MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2014
    Just because I'm not the brightest mechanic in the world, I sometimes need things explained/shown a couple of different ways.
    I would have liked an electrical schematic diagram to better understand things. I like to know why, not just how. I opted to
    use the unused existing handlebar switch rather than the starter/kill switch provided in the kit.
  10. N0rt0nelectr@

    N0rt0nelectr@ VIP MEMBER

    Sep 15, 2014
    I installed one not that long ago. With the exception of the stock breather pipe on my 850 coming out to close to the starter I had no issues. That and Matt hiding the wiring harness in the box for the belt, that was a quickly explained by Matt.
    Only put about 300 miles on it since my install, all trouble free.

    John in Texas
  11. XTINCT


    Jan 10, 2012
    IMHO the Alton kit looks fragile.
    The CNW kit looks very well done.
    With the CNW you get a belt drive which gets you a dry clutch that really is a dry clutch.
    You can use your choice of stators.
    You deal with Matt (that is a good thing).

    My rebuild project may not be finished for another year but one of the last things I do for it will be a CNW starter. I will wait so my cash is not tied up earlier than it needs to be.
  12. Holmeslice

    Holmeslice VIP MEMBER

    Sep 27, 2009
    At the risk of going off topic slightly, I just want to come out and say that, while cNw sells a lot of spectacular bits, this starter kit is quite possibly the best thing I've seen come out of their shop (or any shop). It works perfectly, it's very well engineered, and it's beautiful. We've fit them to several custom bikes we've built, and never have they let us down after thousands of miles.

  13. cjandme


    Feb 5, 2011
    When I got married 18 years ago I sold off all my bikes so that my kids wouldn't develop a hankering for them too early on, ( I busted up my collar bone in a big wreck on my dirt bike when I was 13). Fast forward a few years and it was clear my kids were so into video games and now team sports that they could care less about motorcycles that I decided to get another bike and purposely searched for a '75 MkIII because of it having an electric starter ......now it doesn't matter because of this outstanding offering from Matt/cNw.
  14. 1up3down


    Jan 12, 2011
    IMHO the Alton kit looks fragile.

    Well, I am going on six years now of perfects starts with my Alton.
    Please let me know when I can expect to start having trouble.
  15. XTINCT


    Jan 10, 2012
    Good for you. I only said what I said. I did not say that they weren't any good.
    I tend to say what I mean. No more and no less. I sure did not mean to offend. I hope you get many more years.
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