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by Ian
Mon May 05, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: paint colour name
Replies: 4
Views: 2295

Re: paint colour name

My Commander is a 1992 and is in its original bright red. I have had to have a side panel repainted and the colour that matched was Ford Rosso Red.I think Norton also offered a darker metallic red at this time; I don't know the name of this colour.A good paint shop should be able to match it.Ian.
by Ian
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Up rated headlamps
Replies: 6
Views: 2889

Re: Up rated headlamps

Had one on my Commander for about four years and I posted the tale of it's fitting on here at the time. Seems it might be illegal after all and also it obviously isn't self-levelling.However it has passed the MOT fine and the world lights up when I use it. Personally I thoroughly recommend it even i...
by Ian
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: oil consumption
Replies: 13
Views: 5271

Re: oil consumption

My Commander does about 400 miles per litre though I've got it deliberately set up a little rich.Ian.
by Ian
Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

Re: More on the water pump!

I got a PM about ordering some more but due to early onset incompetence I've deleted it.Yes. I've asked for two more for you.I'll post again when I have them.
by Ian
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

Re: More on the water pump!

The parts are in hand, be about three weeks. Sadly for us his wife has just had a baby so it'll take a bit longer than usual.Ian
by Ian
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

Re: More on the water pump!

I'll be honest Derek, I don't know!I'm working on the 'it's working now, leave it alone' basis.No doubt the bike will surprise me yet again...You're right though; I should check it.
by Ian
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

Re: More on the water pump!

Derek,I only had the coupling made, not all the parts, see post above.I paid £20 for two. I'm happy to ask for more but I'd like to gauge how many are really required. I would rather ask for ten in one go than five pairs for instance.If just the coupling is OK, please let me know and if anybody else...
by Ian
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

Re: More on the water pump!

Derek, I've only had the Oldham coupling itself made in stainless; the other components remain as (I presume) Norton intended. I can organise some couplings if you still want them.Richard - I haven't kept the old couplings after testing but what I thought odd at the time was that all the other parts...
by Ian
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: More on the water pump!
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

More on the water pump!

Chaps, Over the last two years I have had no less than five Oldham couplings fail.The first coincided with the pump seal self destructing but the others since have just broken. One split axially as if it was cut with a knife and the others have lost 'ears' resulting in noise, failure and in two case...
by Ian
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Tank Harness/Tank Bag For Classic.
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: Wanted: Tank Harness/Tank Bag For Classic.

I wanted a tank bag for my Commander. I liked the range of bags produced by Baglux under the Bagster brand, where all the different sizes and styles of bags fit all the fuel tank harnesses, which are themselves bespoke to each bike model. They're good quality kit and are very QD.Naturally, they didn...
by Ian
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Manx GP fast approaching ???
Replies: 18
Views: 6621

Re: Manx GP fast approaching ???

Oh, and two F1s too. I did ask but neither was for sale.Ian
by Ian
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Manx GP fast approaching ???
Replies: 18
Views: 6621

Re: Manx GP fast approaching ???

There was a dark blue one and an orange one (really) with lots of stickers on the front too.My red one was at home with yet another Oldham coupling failure. Curses!
by Ian
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Petrol tap blocked?
Replies: 5
Views: 2390

Re: Petrol tap blocked?

Message for JohnOR.I'm intrigued by your solenoid tap on the other side. Is this the kit offered by AN in the past? I was under the impression that theirs replaced the OE item but I could easily be wrong. Can you tell us more about it?Thanks in advance. Ian.
by Ian
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: video or cd
Replies: 7
Views: 2937

Re: video or cd

Yes, there was indeed one, though I didn't buy it. (shame on me, but I rebuilt the Commander using the workshop manual for an IP2 with supplements)I'm pretty sure it was sold by the Norton Owners Club, who may still offer it. Have you asked Graham if he has any?
by Ian
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic/Interpol 2 air cooled engine exhaust header pipes.
Replies: 2
Views: 1278

Re: Classic/Interpol 2 air cooled engine exhaust header pipes.

These headers will not fit a Commander, is that correct?
by Ian
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: commander fuel consumption MPG
Replies: 14
Views: 4204

Re: commander fuel consumption MPG

...or at the very least, a balance pipe...BTW, my Commander does about 40 overall but I've never beaten 45.
by Ian
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: IP2 Revcounter
Replies: 39
Views: 11468

Re: IP2 Revcounter

Have I missed something? What is a DaviesCraig water pump and does it get rid of that permanently troublesome Oldham coupling? If so, I want one! Most of my time on the bike recently has been spent on that special part...
by Ian
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: On the scrounge
Replies: 6
Views: 2411

Re: On the scrounge

And I thought it was only me that did that!
by Ian
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Single battery on Commander ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1130

Re: Single battery on Commander ?

I know someone who has done this, with no obvious problems.Seems no reason why it shouldn't be fine provided overall capacity is at least as good as the original one. I believe IP2s weren't over-capacitied with battery power, having only one but a modern gel battery should be fine.
by Ian
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: IP2 Sprague clutch
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: IP2 Sprague clutch

My Commander has got through five sprag clutches over the years and has always displayed these symptoms when it's on the way out. Eventually the starter spins more than it grips and bump starting a Commander is not a recreational activity.You can indeed do the above but given that the sprag is shagg...
by Ian
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: commander battery leads
Replies: 2
Views: 1269

Re: commander battery leads

Well, I've looked at mine, which is the way it rolled out of Shenstone in 1992.The LH battery earth lead runs down to the engine mounting bolt at the top of the gearbox. And the RH lead goes through the frame to the engine mounting bolt also. The two leads only meet at this point.Don't know if they ...
by Ian
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: yamaha xj900 parts /commander
Replies: 19
Views: 8114

Re: yamaha xj900 parts /commander

Heard a rumour many years ago that the mirrors were Reliant Robin and could be bought in Halfords.Don't know if they still can be or indeed, ever were. Ian.
by Ian
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander overheating
Replies: 6
Views: 2207

Re: Commander overheating

Couldn't agree more about the coupling. I'm far from an expert but it looks like a classic case of cheapo bodgery to me! The only time this bike has ever let me down on the road has been that coupling's fault!A Blue Peter badge to the man who can fix it.I've replaced six pumps over the years and nev...
by Ian
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander overheating
Replies: 6
Views: 2207

Commander overheating

Chaps, I have a problem with my Commander that puzzles me. I've had it since 1995 and although it has always been ready to run hot I have never had this problem before.I had a water pump fail when the Oldham coupling at the pump shaft end broke. Graham rebuilt the pump for me and supplied the new pa...
by Ian
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Head shakes.
Replies: 27
Views: 7708

Re: Head shakes.

Interesting point about the Honda head bearing change.What made somebody think to do it in the first place? Isn't the easiest assumption that Mr Honda knows his bikes pretty well and would fit competent parts to them? Why would anybody think that Honda would have got this wrong, or that such a simpl...
by Ian
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Head shakes.
Replies: 27
Views: 7708

Re: Head shakes.

My Commander did this on worn Avons, years ago. Since then only BT45s have been on and it's never done it since.You seem to have done all the obvious, so how about the less so; are the tyres fitted properly, and round? Is everything really fitted right, or just new - not always the same thing. Is an...
by Ian
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Where to buy craven pannier racks???
Replies: 9
Views: 3340

Re: Where to buy craven pannier racks???

Yesterday was a public holiday - maybe try today?How did it go?
by Ian
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Where to buy craven pannier racks???
Replies: 9
Views: 3340

Re: Where to buy craven pannier racks???

About ten years ago I wanted to refit my old Craven carrier to my latest Commando. I found that the rights had been sold to:Nash Morgan,Lightmoor Works,Speechouse Lane,Cinderford,Glos.GL14 3HU01594 827649Don't know about today, but they sent me a complete set PDQ and for, as I recall, a reasonable p...
by Ian
Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Club shop
Replies: 13
Views: 4161

Re: Club shop

Sounds a great idea to me.
by Ian
Mon May 09, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: general discussion (eveything else)
Topic: comp 2 premix
Replies: 64
Views: 23074

Re: comp 2 premix

Wouldn't be the first time this technique has been used to cover an upcock.Nor the last...