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by Ian
Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 4759

Re: fuel

OK, we now know that Total regular is OK for now, and their premium always will be (for now at least) free of ethanol.Do we know what other petrols are ethanol-free? How can we tell?I just put fuel in my car at Tesco and asked if it had ethanol in it and the numpty on the minimum wage looked at me l...
by Ian
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: FAST IDLE
Replies: 29
Views: 9504

Re: FAST IDLE

Many thanks indeed.That's it then. I'm going to have a go at this, because if that is indeed all the solution is, well, we should all do it.Thanks again.
by Ian
Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: decals and stickers for a Commander
Replies: 7
Views: 2638

Re: decals and stickers for a Commander

If you want standard decals, talk to the guru in Leeds.My Commander had gold badging, which Andover Norton said had never been offered, but Mr Wilshaw knew better... Two days later they arived.Contact Graham.
by Ian
Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: FAST IDLE
Replies: 29
Views: 9504

Re: FAST IDLE

OK, well rather than spend pages discussing the cause(s) for the clutch stiction, since we have a member of this forum who seems to have found the definitive answer can I ask him for a blow-by-blow account of how he did it?Because then I'll do it too..Ian
by Ian
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Rubbish Commander clutches.
Replies: 2
Views: 1294

Re: Rubbish Commander clutches.

Great stuff Derek.I'm assuming the donor Diversion was the bike that came after the Yamaha XJ900? The one so well known to Commander riders!Ian
by Ian
Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: comp 2 premix
Replies: 64
Views: 23208

Re: comp 2 premix

I'm in too.I've also had the 'we're reconsidering' response from Rosemary Mellor.The reason Fuchs are considering discontinuation is due to poor sales. Therefore if a stockist has huge supplies it won't be a fast-moving item, quite expensive and space-consumung to stock and he'd be more than happy t...
by Ian
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: comp 2 premix
Replies: 64
Views: 23208

Re: comp 2 premix

Also done.
by Ian
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: COMMANDER WORKSHOP MANUAL ON C/D
Replies: 8
Views: 2610

Re: COMMANDER WORKSHOP MANUAL ON C/D

I'm sure I have seen these on eBay for a few pounds. Might be worth a search...?Ian
by Ian
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Re: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Hi all.Many thanks to those who have offered help. Andover Norton came to the rescue with a white one lying in Rugeley with the erstwhile Norton Motors.I have had some offers of a loan panel and I'm very grateful to you all (you know who you are, what a community this is.) but I'll get the AN one sp...
by Ian
Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Re: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Well, I am no expert but it is in three pieces. I showed a man who used to repair Reliants and he shook his head. He though the repair would always show...I'll try another repair shop near me that specialise in motorcycle bodywork.
by Ian
Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Re: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Hello Derek. I've had no luck getting a replacement RH fairing panel. Graham is having a batch of six made but it will take six weeks. It is rather difficult to ride without the panel, but not impossible. Can I persuade you to sell me yours? What will it take? We mentioned £100 last week, would that...
by Ian
Wed May 26, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Re: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Hello again. I don't want to seen pushy or impatient and I know we all have other things to do these days but I wondered if you'd had a chance to investigate a RH fairing panel yet?I think you live in Rainham; I live in Rayleigh so collection would be very easy. (if fact I lived in Rainham for 20 ye...
by Ian
Fri May 21, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Re: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Many, many thanks. You may just have saved a marriage. You just don't damage a man's motorcycle. I need a RH panel, ideally just needing paint but I can handle some repairs. Could you let me know how much you'd want for one? PM me if appropriate. Thanks again,Ian.
by Ian
Mon May 17, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel
Replies: 10
Views: 2718

Wanted: Commander RH fairing panel

Hello all. Due to SWMBO being entirely blind, I need a RH fairings panel for my Commander. Despite it being big and red, she managed to drive her car over it and it is now in three pieces. How big it had to be for her to see it is undefined. So, anybody out there have a useable RH fairing panel? I c...
by Ian
Mon May 17, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Voltage regulator
Replies: 17
Views: 4457

Re: Voltage regulator

Hello all.Well, see my posts above for symptome, but I can say that a new regulator fixed the problem. It was a b****rd job though. I never knew those lads at Shenstone had such small fingers and three baby-sized hands... Cue for jokes, but it would be unworthy.The bike ran fine, just boiled battery...
by Ian
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Voltage regulator
Replies: 17
Views: 4457

Re: Voltage regulator

I've replied but it seems stuck in the outbox.How can I make the reply send?Ian
by Ian
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Voltage regulator
Replies: 17
Views: 4457

Re: Voltage regulator

That's very generous and I'll take you up on the offer, if it is still OK.Where do you want the money sent?Thanks again.Ian
by Ian
Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Voltage regulator
Replies: 17
Views: 4457

Re: Voltage regulator

Hello there, a bit of advice please.I have an ammeter on my Commander and it says that after startup my battery is charging at more than 16 volts. I've checked this with a voltmeter and it is actually 17.1 volts. OK, not good and probably why I boil batteries!After about 10 miles, when I suppose the...
by Ian
Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Iridium Plugs
Replies: 9
Views: 2531

Re: Iridium Plugs

Well, I can only say that my Commander would regularly foul the RH plug (and only that one) in prolonged heavy traffic. I met an NGK man at a show, who said the Iridium plugs were designed as much as anything to counter plug fouling. Fitted them, never had a plug foul since. I change them every two ...
by Ian
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: OIL
Replies: 7
Views: 2058

Re: OIL

I remember many years ago being told that oil is cheaper than metal, so always use the right oil and change it on time.My Commander had Comp 2 Premix as initial fill, and always has had it. Probably far from the cheapest and maybe no longer state of the art, but I'll stick with what I know.Nice to k...
by Ian
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Putting your Rotary to bed for Winter.
Replies: 17
Views: 3490

Re: Putting your Rotary to bed for Winter.

Re: gerbing gloves.Well, if you ask me if I've crossed a continent in a monsoon, well, no. But I have ridden for 2-3 hours in the rain during the winter, many times.The gloves never leaked, which is a good thing since the linings are sheepskin, which if it got wet would take ages to dry. I never had...
by Ian
Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Putting your Rotary to bed for Winter.
Replies: 17
Views: 3490

Re: Putting your Rotary to bed for Winter.

All this is great but when I was riding regularly through winter, up to about 2 years ago, I found that heated grips didn't actually stop my hands getting cold because the backs of the fingers still froze but the palms and the insides roasted.So, I invested in a pair of Gerbing heated gloves. Ace! n...
by Ian
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Voltage regulator
Replies: 17
Views: 4457

Re: Voltage regulator

" My boat engine has an external 'intelligent' regulator to control the 70A alternator output. This initially displays 14.8 - 14.9 volts and gradually reduces to 12.7 as the battery becomes full. A voltage over 15.0 would cause me concern on any charging system. "Can I get one of these for my Comman...
by Ian
Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Krauser key
Replies: 11
Views: 2860

Re: Krauser key

I had this happen. There is a UK agent who can supply keys. They are in Yorkshire somewhere. years ago it was Fowlers but not any more.Google Krauser UK and I'm sure you'll find them.Ian
by Ian
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.
Replies: 27
Views: 9555

Re: Post your favourite stupid bystander's comment.

"I've never heard a Commando that quiet!" (to my Commander)then (upon starting):"They always did burn oil didn't they?"Ian
by Ian
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Tyres and Lights
Replies: 30
Views: 8100

Re: Tyres and Lights

I put the following on the forum back in September:I have to say I've now been using the bike so fitted and I can't ever see me going back to tungsten or halogen bulbs. Brilliant, recommended, pretty shockproof so long lasting and I can see why car manufacturers fit them. It's development, or evolut...
by Ian
Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Where was I ?
Replies: 70
Views: 13305

Re: Where was I ?

OK, I'll go for it.It's the Connell Bridge, once a rail-only bridge (till 1975, so well after Beeching) that was on the line from Connell and Oban to Ballachulish near Glencoe. At least, I think so.There you go, stuck my neck out...Ian
by Ian
Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Where was I ?
Replies: 70
Views: 13305

Re: Where was I ?

I think I might know too. Maybe a few miles north from London, perhaps...
by Ian
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Update on HID lights
Replies: 8
Views: 2417

Re: Update on HID lights

Well, I can tell you what I did.On eBay I found a site in Slough, Easy-Driving, selling the Chinese HID kits for £46.99 and I bought one.Fitted to my Commander in about half an hour. Instructions useless but the wiring loom and diagram made it pretty clear and easy. The ballast, or inverter, lives i...
by Ian
Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Tyres and Lights
Replies: 30
Views: 8100

Re: Tyres and Lights

FWIW, I can only add my own experiences.1. I tried Avons, Continentals and Dunlops on my Commander (always in pairs) and when I fitted BT45 I knew this was the tyre for the bike. Stable, no white lining, good mileage. Never tried Cougars.2. Oil seals. As a general rule, lip seals like fork seals are...