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Motor Oil & Beer

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by marshg246, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. marshg246

    marshg246 VIP MEMBER

    Jul 12, 2015
    For those who like to watch YouTube, you'll note that there's not a lot of Norton coverage. But there is a guy in Canada who has documented a Commando rebuild from the beginning and he's done over 100 videos in the series. His channel is called Motor Oil & Beer.

    He' is not a Norton expert, he makes mistakes, he finds ways to do things without all the right tools, he innovates, he shows it all, and he appreciates comments from viewers. I enjoy watching his videos.

    Since Google took over YouTube, it has gotten progressively harder for people like him to get compensated for the time and expense it takes to provide good content. The latest change is that besides numbers of views and amount of watch time, he must have at least 1000 subscribers.

    If you enjoy watching YouTube, have a look and consider subscribing to his channel.
    Tornado and motorson like this.
  2. wrecks


    Jan 31, 2012
    I love that guy and have watched a bunch of his videos and they have been very helpful.
  3. Danno


    Feb 7, 2010
    He definitely learned a few things the hard way. Shame to have to pull the top end back down after all that work. Bet his next Norton resto doesn't take that long.
  4. MexicoMike


    Jan 31, 2010
    I have also watched quite a few - interesting stuff. As others have pointed out here NOBODY was born a Norton expert (or any other kind of expert. The most knowledgeable mechs in the world were once totally ignorant concerning the very subjects of which they are now "experts."

    And I think you are right, I'll bet he'll do the next one in less than 1/2 the time! :)
  5. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

    Dec 5, 2017
    That's Bruce in Sarnia Ont. I've quite proud to say I've watched his entire Commando resto series....started prior to getting my own first Commando. Been quite fascinating watching all the details and his solutions, parts sourcing etc. He started over three yrs ago with a complete basket case '72 750 he got for beer money from a Quebecer...the actual buying experience was challenging b/c seller had very little English and Bruce had no French (a quintessential Canadian issue ;-).

    He has a goal to get her fully complete this season but has hit delay after delay...the biggest is getting his best buddy to paint the tank (nearly a year now??).

    Unfortunately he didn't learn the best practise of putting meaningful titles and key words on his uploads...so it's very difficult for viewers to home in on a particular subject. He did put up a video of a long list of what each video contains...but it's just a camera recording of his scrolling computer screen...though you can pause it, you cannot copy the video hyperlinks to paste into YouTube search box to load them up...you must type them in (kinda a PIA....but better than not having this!).