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eHow good is my Joe Hunt maggie

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by ashman, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. ashman

    ashman

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    Jul 11, 2010
    In the last 15 months my Norton sat in my shed without starting while I was doing a few simple mods, adding a small 12 volt battery and a few little things to my PWK carbs, but I had my 2013 Thruxton to ride around on but in the mean time I decidd to upgrade to a new Thruxton 1200S so all work stopped on the Norton and it just sat in the corner in the shed with tank and seat off while enjoying my new ride.
    About a 2 weeks if decided to finish off what I started on my Norton and then fired it up, new fresh fuel and a quick kick to get the fuel in while the switch was in the off position then turn on and one big kick it fired straight up, but it was running on one cylinder, a quick check and right side cylinder not firing, turned it off and dropped the carbie bowl drain plug out of the right side carbie and not a drop of fuel in it, so removed seat and tank and pulled the right carbie off, blood hornet built a mud nest in the right carbie where the fuel line connects pulled the bowl off, poked a wire in the fuel connector and a good blow out with compressed air, when I hit it with the air something blew out of the fuel connector and hit my finger it felt like a needle hitting my finger, but was completely clear.
    Put it all together was a quick job of about 10 minutes, tank and seat put back on and it fired straight up on both cylinders, not bad for sitting for so long, been a bit busy to take it for a ride but today I took it out for a shake down ride, it felt so good riding it again and ended up doing about 50 miles to make sure it ran good and filled up the tank and back home to make sure primary oil is all good and motor oil at right level.
    The Norton ran as good as the day I stopped riding it 15 months ago like its never been laid up.
    The Joe Hunt is so good and tomorrow taking it out for the whole day, its great to be on my old Norton, there is something about it that the new Triumph just hasn't got, but I love both bikes.

    Ashley
     
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  2. MexicoMike

    MexicoMike

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    Jan 31, 2010
    I don't know nuthin' 'bout no magnetos but I can understand re being on the Norton!

    A couple of years ago I bought a new BMW R9T here in Mexico to "replace" my Commando for most rides. My intent was to just ride the Norton on "special occasions." Turns out that I prefer the Norton for every phase of riding over the 9T and am now selling the 9T. For eight years here in Mexico the Commando was my only bike and it has now returned to that duty.
     
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  3. ashman

    ashman

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    Mike the Norton's are a very reliable bike if the maintenance is kept up regularly, they do have their days but usualy easy fix, mine was my everyday ride for its first 15 years and clocked up a lot of hard miles, in 43 years of owning it it has never let me down in all that time except for a broken rear chain, it don't leak oil or use oil and with the hot motor I still ride it hard and in the Featherbed frame its a dream bike to ride, it gets more attention than my Triumphs where ever I go on it, she is showing her age now but thats the way I like it.

    Ashley
     
  4. alans

    alans

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    Hi Ash, while tooling around on your Thruxton is a great rush, the old Norton needs a run occasionally too. Great to see that she started so quickly, as you state from that big fat spark from your maggy. If you ever find your way over to Samford give us a hoy. 32891699. Regards Al, blue interstate
     
  5. ashman

    ashman

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    All good Al, the Norton was laid up to do a few other small mods but was put on hold while enjoying the new bike and doing a few long trips on it, the Norton is semi retire just like me lol.

    Ashley
     

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