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by Ian
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Number 101
Replies: 5
Views: 62

Re: Number 101

I heard there were 105! Maybe they got the hang of it and carried on...

Mr Negus of this parish will know. I'm sure he'll be along shortly.

Ian
by Ian
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Piagio 3 wheelers
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: Piagio 3 wheelers

John, they're an absolute hoot! The 500 will sit at any speed you like, you simply press a button as you come to a halt and don't need to put your foot down. Just twist to start again. Throws onlookers when you ride along with one of the front wheels up the kerb. The two front wheels make it extreme...
by Ian
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Ethanol
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Ethanol

£6 per litre! I didn't buy any. Sold in 1l containers..

Mind you, that might be two year's worth in a mower...
by Ian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Ethanol
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Ethanol

My local garden centre sells ethanol-free petrol in 5 litre containers.

It's sold for lawnmowers because they spend half the year unused in a shed.

Bit expensive for bike use though...
by Ian
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Popham 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 3948

Re: Popham 2019

Did the Hardknott Pass last year on a bike. Great scenery, great road but completely ruined for me by the hordes of German car drivers who can't comprehend that they should possibly give way. And they are very common on that road. Should be one way, like the Mountain Road. Just confirms they are def...
by Ian
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Boyer ignition
Replies: 14
Views: 1397

Re: Boyer ignition

All excellent stuff chaps, and the usual stimulating discussion. However... No comments about the AN digital ignition. I understand it can still be supplied by ANIL but they in turn order in the components. They don't stock it. Is it worth buying as a way of improving the Commander? Is the differenc...
by Ian
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Boyer ignition
Replies: 14
Views: 1397

Re: Boyer ignition

Norton Motors, later ANIL, did a sophisticated digital ignition endorsed by Mr Negus of this parish. I've only heard good things about this system but it's pretty expensive. Anybody got one they can tell us about? Mine still has the original Boyer, working well but I'm sure it's only a matter of ti...
by Ian
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Boyer ignition
Replies: 14
Views: 1397

Re: Boyer ignition

Norton Motors, later ANIL, did a sophisticated digital ignition endorsed by Mr Nevis of this parish. I've only heard good things about this system but it's pretty expensive. Anybody got one they can tell us about? Mine still has the original Boyer, working well but I'm sure it's only a matter of tim...
by Ian
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Mirrors for a Norton Commander
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

Re: Mirrors for a Norton Commander

I was told they were originally from a Reliant Robin, but I don't know if this is the case.

This has been on the forum before; a search might help.

Ian.
by Ian
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander colours
Replies: 9
Views: 1374

Re: Commander colours

Factory records and inspection of the panels show that my Krauser was painted Ford Rosso Red from new. The story goes that it was ordered as a dealer demonstrator and at the time (1992) Norton were grateful for the orders and would paint them any colour you liked! I bought the bike from the dealer a...
by Ian
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Clutch tool
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Re: Clutch tool

Hello JB.

I'm not waiting on the tool but I'll call soon.

Pleased you managed to make one!

Ian.
by Ian
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: NGK Spark Plugs
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: NGK Spark Plugs

I think you're correct.
However, my Commander, that I've owned since 1995, always fouled the LH plug in heavy traffic. I splashed out on NGK Iridium plugs about 10 years ago and I've never fouled one since.
by Ian
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Calling "Ian"from Raliegh
Replies: 2
Views: 1538

Re: Calling "Ian"from Raliegh

Been trying to John, it runs to answering machine.

Try calling me on 07894 078180.

Ian.
by Ian
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander air filter?
Replies: 7
Views: 2399

Re: Commander air filter?

The two I have are loose so I can't look on the box.

However, they both have the following on the rubber: 10039 and UO5406. Both also say Made in the UK.

Hope this helps.

Ian.
by Ian
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander air filter?
Replies: 7
Views: 2399

Re: Commander air filter?

I've always got Reliant Robin ones from eBay, usually for just a few pounds.

I'll pull off the part numbers from the pair I have tomorrow.

Ian
by Ian
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Can We Help Brian Crighton
Replies: 10
Views: 3626

Re: Can We Help Brian Crighton

Worked for me yesterday...
by Ian
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: diagnostics
Replies: 8
Views: 3129

Re: diagnostics

Yes John, I'm THAT Ian!Just let me have it back when you're done with it. My Commander is now tucked up for winter and was showing no need for a clutch tool when it went to bed...Good luck with yours,ian.
by Ian
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: diagnostics
Replies: 8
Views: 3129

Re: diagnostics

John,Most modern cars will log fault codes in the ECU so provided the fault however intermittent, is one the ECU has been told to monitor, it will be revealed as a code.Not every car's ECU monitors the same things. You'll need a code reader to find out. These days most workshops will have one.Ian.
by Ian
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Trixie the story
Replies: 5
Views: 2573

Re: Trixie the story

Trixie is an amazing exercise in engineering. I wish I could have done it.The award and accolade is well deserved and congratulations are in order.Well done!Ian.
by Ian
Thu May 12, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Approved dealers in 1988
Replies: 6
Views: 2932

Re: Approved dealers in 1988

I bought my 1992 Commander from Don in 1995. The shop was Bridge Street Motorcycles in Witham and it's still there though I doubt Don is. I swapped a Honda CB500 for it. The bike had been Don's demonstrator, sold to a customer, bought back, used as a demo again, then I bought it. Don dropped it on m...
by Ian
Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Best Intercom
Replies: 4
Views: 2112

Re: Best Intercom

Agree with Joe.We've been using the Cardo G4 Powerset. Fits on the helmets, no wires. Bluetooth equipped, works as an intercom with voice activation, music from you phone by Bluetooth, similarly a satnav, built in FM radio, voice controlled and all prioritisable. Battery life is well over 24 hours, ...
by Ian
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: starter sprag clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 1657

Re: starter sprag clutch

Done this several times on my Commander, yes it's quite possible, you just dismantle the primary drive. The sprag lives at the back of the clutch drum.Changing the starter motor is a different story though...Ian.
by Ian
Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander ignition systems
Replies: 6
Views: 2436

Re: Commander ignition systems

Richard, many thanks for this very complete summary.One final question, if I may.You say that many Commanders perform admirably with the Boyer and Minimag systems. Mine has a Boyer, which seems to be OK. I'm happy to change it if it is considered life-expired but really I'm not sure if it's anywhere...
by Ian
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander ignition systems
Replies: 6
Views: 2436

Commander ignition systems

Hello all. I'd like to ask the collective's opinion about these.My 1992 Commander still has the original Boyer unit fitted and appears to be fine. My questions concern what happens next.I'm a bit worried that because mine hasn't failed it must be about to. Strange logic but true. So, the questions:I...
by Ian
Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: starting up on one cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 2022

Re: starting up on one cylinder

My Commander has done this since I bought it in 1995!If I use it daily it's fine. If I leave it for 2-3 days or more it starts on the right rotor only, after about half a mile and much spluttering and banging, the second rotor chimes in and then it's fine all day.I've put this down to the frame drai...
by Ian
Thu May 21, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More Commander water pump woes.
Replies: 5
Views: 2365

Re: More Commander water pump woes.

Well Richard, that's me well and truly put back in my box!It was indeed me who had a batch made. I sold three or four through this site so I would say to those who bought them - don't use them! They are substandard are unsuitable. If you were one of those who bought, throw it away and PM me. I'll re...
by Ian
Wed May 20, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More Commander water pump woes.
Replies: 5
Views: 2365

More Commander water pump woes.

I've had yet another Oldham coupling fail on my Commander. This one managed about 1000 miles.You can see the coupling in the attached pictures. Now, I'm sure there has been much bad language, inculding mine, directed at this small insignificant part that spoils an otherwise reliable and excellent mo...
by Ian
Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander Handlebars
Replies: 5
Views: 2358

Re: Commander Handlebars

Many years ago I bought a set from Graham. I asked him how strong they'd be and he said that they were the thickest that his maker could still bend without kinking. They are certainly thicker than the originals.Can't really say how strong they are in practised since I haven't dropped the bike though...
by Ian
Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Starting problems & Race bike
Replies: 5
Views: 2345

Re: Starting problems & Race bike

Mine has done this since I bought it in 1995!I reckon it's because the frame drain cheerfully allows oil to run down to foul the plug. I believe some have fitted a diverter in the form of a bottle to catch draining oil but still connecting the air side to the inlet manifold. I have not done this but...
by Ian
Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Road Tax Transfere
Replies: 11
Views: 3465

Re: Road Tax Transfere

IIRC, at the same time as you no longer need to display a tax disc - October. I'm open to correction here though...It's a good idea. Just think of all the part-months the Government won't have to refund. Nice little earner and ensures more vehicles have their tax renewed.