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by Clive603
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander and Krauser version
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Commander and Krauser version

Pretty sure its just the rear fairing unit that is different plus some extra metalwork to stabilise the panniers. Not sure about the handle for lifting onto the centre stand as I specified crash-bars for my Krauser Commander. I think one of thee three seats I have is off the ordinary, non Krauser ve...
by Clive603
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Pannier lid seal Commander
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: Pannier lid seal Commander

Its bound to be a standard extruded rubber section so its just a question of looking for a manufacturer or supplier who lists that size.

I've had good service from COH Bains in Tunbridge Wells in the past https://coh-baines.co.uk who are conveniently local to me.

Clive
by Clive603
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Pannier lid budget locks
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Pannier lid budget locks

These are basic "cam locks". A google search will uncover plenty of suppliers. Huge range of sizes and quality out there. The uber cheap ones will be crap so don't try to save too much money. These aren't exactly high security devices. Market is for the better form of desk drawer, lockers, cabinets ...
by Clive603
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Cast Iron Discs
Replies: 24
Views: 5845

Re: Cast Iron Discs

Actually most types of stainless steel are magnetic in greater or lesser degree. Only Austenitic types are always non magnetic. Ferritic, Martensitic, Duplex and some Precipitation Hardening types are generally at least weakly magnetic. The common grades that folk like us usually encounter eg 303, 3...
by Clive603
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: I need help
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: I need help

Hi Graham
I should be free to help out from April - May next year.
(Got previous form as I moderated the Bridgeport Mill group on Yahoo until it moved to Groups.io.)
Clive
by Clive603
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: For Sale Supreme Commander
Replies: 18
Views: 1926

Re: For Sale Supreme Commander

Here is mine :- "Grandad Norton" V2 01 Norton SC L Side red.jpg 04 Norton SC Front red.jpg Why Grandad? Comes from a rather irritated comment from my Official Unofficial Kid Sister (don't ask!) after discovering that her Suzuki GSX1100F Powerscreen couldn't disappear into the distance "But it's a Gr...
by Clive603
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: For Sale Supreme Commander
Replies: 18
Views: 1926

Re: For Sale Supreme Commander

Anyone got any pictures of these rare Supreme Commanders? I tried googling it but all I got was Ed Straker's car from 70's TV series UFO! Send me a private message with your E-mail and I'll throw a few pictures of mine your way. Can do special poses if you want. Hafta say that you need to be seriou...
by Clive603
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: For Sale Supreme Commander
Replies: 18
Views: 1926

Re: For Sale Supreme Commander

The oil catch bottle sits in the frame drain line running to the left hand inlet tract. As standard when the excess oil builds up enough to reach the drain tube it is sucked directly into the left hand inlet and burnt. Cue smokescreen and, often, fouled plug if you jump on the brakes! Catch bottle s...
by Clive603
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: For Sale Supreme Commander
Replies: 18
Views: 1926

Re: For Sale Supreme Commander

Supreme is what the Commander should have been. Being able to use modern tyres appropriate for a bike of that size makes a huge difference. Solid stable and accurate handling responding as it should to countersteering. Brings home just how terrible the standard XJ900 based front end is. Although I g...
by Clive603
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Tyre weight limit
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: Tyre weight limit

Not convinced your sums are quite right given that some of your weight and most of the fuel tank and tank bag load will be on the front tyre. But it does sound a bit marginal. Especially given that modern tyres in Commander sizes are more middleweight orientated. Not so much in load capacity but mor...
by Clive603
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Popham 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 5350

Re: Popham 2019

Popham turned out nice and sunny as forecasted but had my doubts on the way along the A272 with a fair bit of rain and wind in some stretches. Best part of a decade since I went any distance that way. Rather a sharp reminder of just how long it used to take to get anywhere in pre motorway days unles...
by Clive603
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Popham 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 5350

Re: Popham 2019

Hopefully I'll make it down too as Sunday is now free. Should have arranged an exhibitors ticket I guess.

Clive
by Clive603
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander Hot rear brake
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Commander Hot rear brake

The big advantage of DOT 5 silicon brake fluid is said to be that it is not hydroscopic so it doesn't absorb water. Because of this it is claimed to be ideal for vehicles that are rarely used because the properties won't change in storage. Allegedly it doesn't degrade at all so can last "forever". A...
by Clive603
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander Hot rear brake
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Commander Hot rear brake

I presume the pedal is returning fully and all the link pushrod adjustments are set correctly. Both my Commanders have liked a bit of slack in the system. When you pulled the pistons out did you look for corrosion / deposits in the seal grooves. Pretty much anything in there will make the pistons ti...
by Clive603
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Charging issue - high revs equal low volts??
Replies: 14
Views: 2282

Re: Charging issue - high revs equal low volts??

If you have some doubts as to the quality of the original loom probably the best fix would be to make a complete new set of wiring for the charging and metering system running direct to the battery. Dunno how your warning light works but if its anything other than a simple equipotential system I'd l...
by Clive603
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Charging issue - high revs equal low volts??
Replies: 14
Views: 2282

Re: Charging issue - high revs equal low volts??

Had similar issues with my second Commander. But not as bad. First fix was a new section of wiring loom running direct from the alternator to th regulator and then to the battery. Which seemed to work for a while. Next try was an aftermarket "improved" regulator which made less than no difference. I...
by Clive603
Sun May 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Engine vibration at high RPM
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: Engine vibration at high RPM

Didn't know we could attach pictures. How is it done? Probably easier to PM me with your E-Mail and I'll send the only useful one I have direct. (Front of my first Commander looking every inch of 80,000 miles scruffy in late winter.) Actually as mine wears MZ 1000S forks and wheels as part of Richar...
by Clive603
Sun May 05, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Engine vibration at high RPM
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: Engine vibration at high RPM

When mounting the FJ calipers I elected to retain the standard bottom mounting bolt position and swing the top back to get the pads contacting the right part of the disk. The FJ calipers are longer than the standard ones so the top mounting needs to be higher than the original fork leg boss as well ...
by Clive603
Sun May 05, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Engine vibration at high RPM
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: Engine vibration at high RPM

Messing around with carb mixture settings by ear is never a good idea with multiple constant depression carburettors. You end up chasing one error with another so its pretty much impossible to hit a reliable setting that works over a range of conditions. Finding todays sweet spot is possible but goo...
by Clive603
Thu May 02, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Gearbox oil
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: Gearbox oil

Thanks John Impressive looking website and list of products. Prices actually seem very reasonable for such (inevitably) limited production. However my reasonable might not be yours given where I used to work. Interpolating from prices on the site I'm guessing probable range of £3,000 - £3,500 includ...
by Clive603
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Gearbox oil
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: Gearbox oil

Redesigned gears sounds interesting but probably lots more than 2 grand now! Wonder how they would deal with main shaft deflection which is the root cause of problems. Objectively its just too long and too thin for the loads involved. I live in Sussex so its almost tempting to look them up if they a...
by Clive603
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Gearbox oil
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: Gearbox oil

I used R40. Probably best to put it on a regular 6,000 mile / once a year change schedule unless yours lives in a Bugatti standard heated motor house. Back in those days mine were on regular commuting runs so new oil went in regularly. 25 miles each way. Usually doing 25,000 + a year with all the ot...
by Clive603
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Gearbox oil
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: Gearbox oil

The Oerlikon Balzers treatment is a coating, not hardening. Can't say I really understand how it works but apparently that sort of thing is almost routine now for motorsport. Back then they were just getting serious about offering such services on a one off basis. Previously it was more industrial, ...
by Clive603
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Gearbox oil
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: Gearbox oil

Both mine did pretty well on Castrol R. Not something folk normally consider as gear oil but castor based lubricants do have one of the highest pressure capabilities of any simple oil. Main issues are thermal as it goes off when it gets too hot, and environmental as it needs a pretty well sealed gea...