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Maiden ride epic tale

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by swooshdave, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. swooshdave

    swooshdave

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    Went to the DMV, got the registration taken care of (special interest plate for $112 one time fee, never have to renew) and then buttoned everything up ready for a break in ride. It started ok. I was getting kickback so I retarded it a little. I still don’t like it. Still it started and ran. Then forgot I didn’t put the mirrors on. And then finally I was ready with @Mike T as my wingman. Made it around the block before dying. Felt like an electrical issue. Light still work. Need to check out the ground and the ignition wiring again.

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    How many miles do I need to do to consider it broken in?

    Had to push it home in 85 degree weather. @Mike T offered multiple times to help but I turned him down. Except when it came time to push it up the driveway into the garage and right back into the lift.

    Grabbed the Interstate and still went for a ride. Beauty of having a backup bike or three.

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  2. ashman

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    That's not good to hear, but hopefully only something simple.

    Ashley
     
  3. rivera

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    Well ,this is the magnetic sump plug screw fom my friends Commando after 500 miles.
    First oil change after engine was rebuild with new pistons and rings.

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  4. gortnipper

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    Change at 50 and then again at 500 and then 1000 and then normally is what I did. Never saw any of that on my mag.
     
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  5. 850commando

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    50 and 500 is about what i do too. also retorque and valve check.. but you know all that :D
     
  6. swooshdave

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    Only 49.5 left to go!
     
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  7. maylar

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    Are you gonna paint that lovely Norton?
     
  8. elefantrider

    elefantrider VIP MEMBER

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    That is a dream for someone with a few old bikes. Here it's $130 each year to register, regardless of mileage put on.
    Nice first and third shots. Is that Southern Oregon?


    If the rings are sealing good, the plugs and inside of exhaust pipes look good, the cyl AND base fasteners are not loosening, and it's holding valve clearance, you're good! There is no pre-set mileage to determine that, IMO. Many engines go straight on the dyno with zero mileage.
     
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  9. swooshdave

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    No, it’s $112 only once. Never have to pay anything ever again. Ever.

    Not Southern Oregon, it’s 6 miles from my house in wine country just to the southwest of Portland.
     
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  10. swooshdave

    swooshdave

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    Are you new around here? :eek:
     
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  11. MexicoMike

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  12. Craig

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    Here in Nova Scotia to get Vintage plate you need mechanical fitness form completed and signed by red seal bike tech. From then on it is $20 a year for reg. sticker and no 2year safety inspections , the fitness responsibility is on you ... regular bike reg. is $50 per yr with a safety every 2 yrs ..... the Vintage Plate saves no money on insurance ... better than nothing I guess ... Glad to see the Yellow Peril back on the road too !
     
  13. swooshdave

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    Which is pretty much all you can do with that bike.
     
  14. Craig

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    I see .... here you promise no more than 5000km per year , but the Registry do not take odometer readings so they can’t/don’t Police the rule .... works same way for cars .. I have yet to surpass the limitation anyway as Norton is Sunday bike , eh
     
  15. swooshdave

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    If you can do 5000km on a Proddy replica you’re too young to own the bike. :D
     
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  16. swooshdave

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    Ok, I have spark back. Not quite sure what it was but my ignition power wire, uh, wasn’t attached. May have just fell off? Not sure.

    I really don’t like the wiring loom I made. I’m tempted to do it over. What could possible go wrong?
     
  17. NORTSTER1974

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    https://www.accessnorton.com/NortonCommando/punch-list.28307/ I don't see that on the white board. Working on a Norton is just like working on anything else. Check your work 2-3 times, if you still have a problem, you're not doing something right. Could be them hemp plants ? Lord Have Mercy, maybe they had a high THC content?
     
  18. Matt Spencer

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    " How many miles do I need to do to consider it broken in? "

    Id keep it below half throttle for the first 500 , try not to get it on the stop in the first 1000
    and not held on the stop untill 2000 . Can still keep loosening off till 4 / 5.000
    If well maintained etc .
    Later you get agro & run it on the stop , and watch out for helicopters .

    I ran 30 advance & neede to ' pre flight ' , be serious with the kick start .
    The leaning Fwd while kicking wouldnt help .
    Locked Advance it'd put you knee into the end off the pull back bars ,
    and youd try not to limp for a few days ,
    and grit your teeth starting it .

    Still , id be rather nervous of running it under advanced , over half revs , anyway . Due to OVERHEATING .

    ' Break - in / Bedding in , is all about Temperture Control .

    My thinking a oversize ( 3/4 ImperiaL gallon of OIL , 1/4 breathing space so one imperial gallon - 160 Ounces needed )
    for getting on briskly . Look F-750 & endurance at the racers in their day .

    Also synthetic brake fluids much better ( particularly in power steering ) . is that what happened to the paint :p .

    Actually looks much better unpainted . UYou could even replicate all the fibreglass in Aluminum / Duralamin .

    How are the brakes ? got any bite in the rear , at standstill at least ? .
     
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  19. swooshdave

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    I think we know where all that THC went...
     
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  20. Craig

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    We have legal pot here ... sold in liquor stores , they selling a strain that helps you concentrate ..... imagine ...
     

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