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by johnbirchjar
Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic first start up
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: Classic first start up

Thanks for clearing that up Trev:J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:49 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic first start up
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: Classic first start up

There was a rumour some years back that engines mollied at the factory had "Stars" both sides of the engine number,not sure if that true or not but I would think that someone out there in Rotory Land knows wink,ride safe,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Jan 02, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic first start up
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: Classic first start up

Could be that the mileage difference between the two bikes(assume the replica bike has done quite a few more miles than the Classic)and am I correct in thinking the Classic is a relatively low millage one?and requires very little(if any)choke to fire up from cold? 'cos my old Classic would fire up f...
by johnbirchjar
Tue Dec 28, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Classic on Ebay
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Classic on Ebay

What a shame, I doubt very much that this machine will ever be ridden in anger,and will be purchased by someone with VERY deep pockets as an investment,but they may very well "Catch a Cold"as people who know about the rarity of these unique machines must be getting less as the years go by,...
by johnbirchjar
Wed Dec 22, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: seasons greetings
Replies: 3
Views: 290

seasons greetings

Hi guys,
may I take this opportunity to wish you & yours a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy new Year,and needless to say "Ride Careful" in 2022.J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: French Advancer
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: French Advancer

Nice bike,pity about the colour exclaim,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3249

Re: Classic for sale

Looks very nice Very Happy,but I would imagine something as nice as that may not be much less to buy than a converted-to-look-like-a-Classic IP2 wink.J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: IP2 starter motor
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: IP2 starter motor

Well good luck with your quest smiley,it sounds like realy daunting task cry, surly it must be darn sight easier just to have the old one re-wound exclaim J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Nov 04, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Hello to the 588 community
Replies: 19
Views: 2331

Re: Hello to the 588 community

Hi Jerome, Just to set your mind at rest,Norton rotories are not at all fragile,(hence 200,000+recorded miles are not an uncommon occurrence)just totally different from your normal ICB engine,and so require a different approach (especially when laying up the bike for winter or any long term storage)...
by johnbirchjar
Tue Nov 02, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3249

Re: Classic for sale

Me neither,(my old girl LE029 had 70odd thousand on the clock when I sold it and no missing numbers)anybody else want to comment?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Oct 28, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: My old Classic
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: My old Classic

Thanks Clive,I will await your report,ride safe,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: My old Classic
Replies: 3
Views: 582

My old Classic

Hi guys,anybody know if my old Classic has been moved on from Cosmo Motorcycles?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Classic for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3249

Re: Classic for sale

Looks a nice well cared for bike,should make all sorts of daft money,(a side bet says it will go to a collector and not a "rider" wink)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Hello to the 588 community
Replies: 19
Views: 2331

Re: Hello to the 588 community

Listen to the man exclaim,that's what Iv'e been banging on about,exclaim,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: gearbox oil
Replies: 8
Views: 827

Re: gearbox oil

Ok,so maybe "crap"was a bit strong,(and maybe Mr Page had a good one,)but the quality control at Quaff did leave a lot to be desired,and I'm not the only rotary rider who commented on the 3rd&4th gear whine,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: gearbox oil
Replies: 8
Views: 827

Re: gearbox oil

Hi Trev,No idea,(and I can't even consult my records,they all went with the Classic when I sold It cry)all I can remember was that it was red and very sticky Very Happy,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: gearbox oil
Replies: 8
Views: 827

Re: gearbox oil

We all know the 5 speed gearboxes fitted to the air cooled and watercooled rotories were crap, and after really low millage 3rd and 4th gears whined a lot,but by and large lasted quite well,(I evan had new 3rd&4th gears fitted at about 50,000 miles to try and cure the whine,all to no avail,after...
by johnbirchjar
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: battery optimiser with twin batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: battery optimiser with twin batteries

I would think so,it's only doing what the alternator do's(only slower)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Interpol II for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 687

Re: Interpol II for sale

Hi Trev, only on water cooled rotories can one expect high mileage of 100,000+ after mollying. If memory serves,my own Classic sorely needed re-mollying after about 50,000 and should have been done about 10,000 miles earlier (according to Malk Stanly Esq who was the chief mechanic for the Derby Poli...
by johnbirchjar
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

Would they be the ones that fit round the water pump?(I did away with the manual one fitted by Norton and used a 'leclic one externally cool )J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

Would they be the ones that fit round the water pump?(I did away with the manual one fitted by Norton used and a 'leclic one externally cool )J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Oct 03, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Engine stand commander
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Engine stand commander

Hi Trev,not quite sure what you mean,do you mean stripping the engine while still in the bike?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Oct 03, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

If it's where it the two faces meet,a good Gasket goo should fix it,(so long as both faces are nice and smooth and not buckled or damaged wink)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

Leaking where?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Oct 01, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

I've put clutches back on a number of occasions and never thought to smear them with oil (seeing as they would get well oiled the first time the clutch was engaged)but if it makes you feel better go for it Very HappyJ.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Norton Rotary for sale.
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Norton Rotary for sale.

Sorry, I may be well out of touch, but I wouldn't pay five grand for that bike,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch plates sticking
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: clutch plates sticking

Yep, you will need a clutch compressor,It is easy enough,but do take care as fingers can be lost,'(cos the pressure on the plates is somewhat fierce)J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Norton Rotary for sale.
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Norton Rotary for sale.

Had another "surf", is it the blue one?J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Norton Rotary for sale.
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Norton Rotary for sale.

I had a "surf"and couldn't find it,J.B.
by johnbirchjar
Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: New owner of an RE-5
Replies: 6
Views: 1148

Re: New owner of an RE-5

Take more than a touch of super glue to repair that cry,.good luck,J.B.