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How to change the oil 961 Commando

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by Silurian Biker, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Silurian Biker

    Silurian Biker

    Feb 5, 2018
    Hi Guys. This is a video of me changing the engine and transmission oil on my Commando 961SE. I thought it might be useful to some members who are new to the procedure.

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  2. Britfan60

    Britfan60 VIP MEMBER

    Jan 5, 2014
    Thanks. Changing the oil on this bike is one messy pain in the ass, comparatively speaking.
  3. richard-7


    Feb 24, 2014
    Good vid. It’s strange you don’t have a level plug for your transmission. The machinist probaly forgot to put it in. Also, see my manual on oil change. Sanding the surface of the copper washer is not the same and softening the copper. The copper squishes so sanding may only help once or twice. Annealing can be used a thousand times over.

    There is also a video Peter Howes did from Norton Canada on oil change.
  4. BritTwit


    Aug 25, 2009
    Good, straight forward video for even a novice to follow.
    Well done.

    What? No tranny oil level bolt hole.
    No problem, that should even reduce the weight of the bike by a few grams.
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  5. Raphi


    Aug 17, 2015
    There was no level plug for tranny at older models. My CR 2012 has now one since one month...
  6. Tiedy


    Mar 30, 2017
    This may have been answered before, but in the models wth the return oil line check valve, how is the oil drained from the oil cooler and return oil line? Or is the amount left not enough to worry about?
  7. TonyA


    Jan 16, 2015
    I do it probably every 2nd or 3rd oil change. You have to pull the lower line off the oil cooler or off the check valve. No real easy way. Replace the crimp on clip with a screw hose clamp. That's what I do.
  8. Silurian Biker

    Silurian Biker

    Feb 5, 2018
    Thanks for the feedback guys. I own several bikes and actually ride for a living (tour guide), but my Norton is something special. It puts the biggest smile on my face.
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