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by johnbirchjar
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander on Ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Commander on Ebay

Looking at the first pic,blimey exclaim,I wish my garage was that tidy Very Happy,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: giving way on roundabouts
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: giving way on roundabouts

They appear to think this,which is why so many of them end up in A&E exclaimJ.B.
by johnbirchjar
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander Handlebars
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: Commander Handlebars

Are the bars the same for Classic's and IP2's?if so,I would think Graham must have quite a collection after the amount of years he has had with rotories wink,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Best use of a day off
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Best use of a day off

Looks well good,ride safe,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: Bracey's monster wakes
Replies: 18
Views: 2964

Re: Bracey's monster wakes

If you are up to 70 at 4000 your bike is well high geared exclaim,'cos If memory serves 70 on the Classic was about 5000(same as the Deauville)but I had a 18(as apposed to 17) tooth sprocket on the g/box so the Classic gearing is not standard, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong smile...
by johnbirchjar
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Alternative Silencers
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: Alternative Silencers

I doubt it,the reason they are so heavy is they have to be made of Stainless Steel,anything else melts exclaim,('cos of the extreme exhaust heat)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Which Plug
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Which Plug

I'll go with Richard on that,I have tried various other plugs over the years but have always found NGK's C8E's to be the best all-rounder for our rotaries,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Improving IP2 front forks
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Improving IP2 front forks

No,the ride of the forks on the Classic's & IP2's are comparable with other forks of that era. And stating the obvious about your forks being"true"(ie not having been involved in a shunt,)have you had the springs out and checked that they are the correct ones?other than that I have nothing to offer,...
by johnbirchjar
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: giving way on roundabouts
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: giving way on roundabouts

Thanks Tim, It is'nt only me,one of the guys I play golf with also remembers the "Traffic from the left on roundabouts"rule. What brought all this to the fore was a buddy of mine's wife was commenting on the fact that in Boston, Mass; on roundabouts they give way to traffic on the left!? and I said ...
by johnbirchjar
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: giving way on roundabouts
Replies: 4
Views: 274

giving way on roundabouts

Hi guys, Can anybody out there remember when the Highway Code rule changed to "Give Way to traffic approaching from your right on roundabout's'? 'cos I'm sure that when I first started riding bikes way back in the mid/late '50's, traffic on the roundabout gave way to traffic approaching from the LEF...
by johnbirchjar
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Nationwide speed limits
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Nationwide speed limits

Ian's reasoning could well be right(about control) I heard many years ago that manufacturers purposely made their speedo's 3to 5mph fast,(this could well have been an "urban myth" wink,)but the "Speed Indicators" on the side of the road as you enter a built-up area seemed to bear this out (judging b...
by johnbirchjar
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Nationwide speed limits
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Nationwide speed limits

Hi guys, Has anybody else heard of the clampdown on speeding on the UK highways? Evidently the "10%+2mph"has been scraped in favor of "No more allowances for speedo error" (I was informed of this by a biker buddy of mine who was at a "Safety Awareness Course" yesterday and was told of this by the in...
by johnbirchjar
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic LE037 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Classic LE037 for sale

I recognize the white rotary in the picture with the Classic,seen him at many an event,(here and on the continent,) if it's still owned by the same person he's had that bike for almost as long as I had my Classic exclaim,always smoked a bit(the bike,not the rider smiley,)but well quick Very Happy. I...
by johnbirchjar
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic LE037 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Classic LE037 for sale

A bit like "Number 10 buses" wink J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Price
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Price

I have no idea in US$lrs,but I would think twix five and six grand? over here,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: WD40
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: WD40

I don't remember seeing it in the UK much before the early '70's?but I could be wrong smiley,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Missing bracket? Classic
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: Missing bracket? Classic

That would make life that bit easier, wink,SVF,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: WD40
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: WD40

If memory serves WD40 was around well before 1987,and I would think is universally approved by everybody cool,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Missing bracket? Classic
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: Missing bracket? Classic

Good luck getting the back wheel out wink,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Bikinis
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: Bikinis

We await your progress with interest smileyJ.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Mid blue commander in Barton on Humber
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Mid blue commander in Barton on Humber

Not surprised,they tend to do that.
I remember some years back when the memsahib and I were in a town in Lancashire and I said" Listen,I hear a rotary"and sho'nuf a Classic came burbelling by cool,(now who has a mid-blue Commander?,I know of a couple Royal Blue?Kingfisher Blue? owners) J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic Rear lamp
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: Classic Rear lamp

Hi Roger,good luck with the rear light cluster,"Rocking Horse Poo" is the terminology that readily springs to mind wink ,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Hi guys,am I the only one that has had problems with etanol eating the diaframs on the vac: fuel taps?and again, has anyone done the "conversion"with the vac: taps on a Commander? (they look different on the F1's)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Electronic Ignition Unit E.I.U.
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Electronic Ignition Unit E.I.U.

Hi Roger,
Richard is correct about the front brake switch,the KTM one fits and works just fine,I fitted one to my Classic at least 15 years ago(once again "Keith" has all the info re:part No ect wink)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Hi Richard,thanks for the info: Although I still can't see the logic of having petrol taps on both sides of the tank,when a three way one on the n/side(as per Classic's) seems logical 'cos when one requires the reserve ones right hand can still be on the throttle. OK, I suppose a lot of it was what ...
by johnbirchjar
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Hi Geoff, The tap you have is the later one,the earlier ones had three positions,Reserve on the left,On straight down and Prime on the right,(I have no idea why Nortons changed the taps from three to two positions,supply?)any idea which model was/is fitted to Commander's and the F1 models?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Hi Geoff, Never in 30 years or(70,000 miles)did I have a problem with the carbs drying out,mind you,the bike never stood for any length of time even in the winter,there always seemed the odd day that was nice enough for a spin(we don't seem to get bad winters in my part of Essex smiley)and I believe...
by johnbirchjar
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Further to last nights post, Keeping the original vac tap in place and putting a standard on/off tap twix vac tap and n/side carb meant that the fuel tank could be removed without having to drain out all the fuel cool. I didn't remove the diafram completely,just the little tension spring,left the di...
by johnbirchjar
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

Yep,I fitted one on my Classic about 6 years ago,(I got fed up replacing the diaframes being eaten by the p**y ethanol evil) I left the vacume tap in position(1st removing the diafram)and then just putting a regular on/off tap twix the vac tap and the N/side carb:It has worked just fine ever since V...
by johnbirchjar
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Bikinis
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: Bikinis

When I fitted the 900 Triple Sprint fairing to my Classic,I made a sub-frame to attach it to,(pic's on Techinterest and new ideas Jan 19th )I still have the fairing and sub-frame if you are interested,J.B.