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by Ian
Sun Mar 24, 2024 11:11 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Holding clutch in and oil supply
Replies: 15
Views: 1229

Re: Holding clutch in and oil supply

Don't forget that if you sit with the clutch lever pulled in, the oil pump is not running. Mr Negus once told me they will run 'for longer than you think' like this but I've never had the nerve. I fitted clutch lifting ball bearings 1mm bigger to lift theplates a bit further but actually just snick ...
by Ian
Sun Mar 24, 2024 11:11 pm
Forum: Norton Rotary Enthusiasts Club
Topic: Holding clutch in and oil supply
Replies: 15
Views: 1229

Re: Holding clutch in and oil supply

Don't forget that if you sit with the clutch lever pulled in, the oil pump is not running. Mr Negus once told me they will run 'for longer than you think' like this but I've never had the nerve. I fitted clutch lifting ball bearings 1mm bigger to lift theplates a bit further but actually just snick ...
by Ian
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:24 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Oil Pump Issues
Replies: 4
Views: 15737

Re: Oil Pump Issues

I seem to recall that Frank Westworth had this problem. It was found to be a seal either between the rear chaincase or the primary case, I can't recall. It allowed oil into the gearbox. It's a big job to do, and the seal is pennies! I'm pretty sure Mr Negus of this parish has written about this. Hop...
by Ian
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: tyres
Replies: 6
Views: 10853

Re: tyres

S'funny, but I could never get on with Avons, nor Continentals.

Found Bridgestone BT45 on a recommendation and have stayed with them. I like them, but that's just my preference.
by Ian
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: moly coating
Replies: 3
Views: 4040

Re: moly coating

Well, I'm not a rotary engineer and I've never worked for Norton but I have had two rotaries. My longest-serving is a Commander of 1992 vintage that needed molying when I bought it in 1995. Since then it's been no bother and no issues with the molying yet. The second was an early IP2, engine 3021, t...
by Ian
Fri May 28, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: tank vacum pipe
Replies: 11
Views: 8899

Re: tank vacum pipe

That pipe is identical to an A-series Mini engine. Mine went to jelly and wouldn't operate the diaphragm so no start.

New pipe, started first time.
Bloody effinol!
by Ian
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander handlebars
Replies: 8
Views: 7546

Re: Commander handlebars

OK, fair comment.

Best of luck!
by Ian
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander handlebars
Replies: 8
Views: 7546

Re: Commander handlebars

As I put on the Faceache site, I got a set of stainless from Graham years ago. You might like to try him.
by Ian
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander on Ebay
Replies: 7
Views: 8422

Re: Commander on Ebay

Up £500 but still not sold though...

Ian.
by Ian
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander Handlebars
Replies: 7
Views: 7517

Re: Commander Handlebars

Many moons ago I bought an identically-shaped stainless steel set from Startrights. Still ace.

Maybe Graham still does them?

Ian.
by Ian
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Nationwide speed limits
Replies: 3
Views: 9589

Re: Nationwide speed limits

I'd be interested to hear. I don't see how it can be enforceable anyway. Vehicle manufacturers have to make their vehicles conform the many construction and use regulations but one of those is Speedo accuracy. The last time I looked (four years ago, granted) it was an error of -0, +10%. So your Spee...
by Ian
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Dating confirmation
Replies: 2
Views: 8962

Re: Dating confirmation

Andover Norton hold the Rotary records, I believe.

Mr Negus of this parish is also a fount of knowledge. He might be along shortly.

Ian.
by Ian
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: WD40
Replies: 3
Views: 9374

Re: WD40

According to WD40.com, the product was worked on in 1953 and first appeared on shelves in Seattle in 1958.

Ian.
by Ian
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Classic Petrol Tap
Replies: 25
Views: 58775

Re: Classic Petrol Tap

You're right about the Commander fuel tap John. Norton had a moment of brain fade by putting the fuel tap on the right side, so you couldn't easily use it when riding anyway, then rubbed it in by making sure you had to remove the bodywork to get to it, thus guaranteeing a roadside stop! I'd love to ...
by Ian
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: Bracey's monster wakes
Replies: 24
Views: 57262

Re: Bracey's monster wakes

Congratulations on sorting out your aircool, they're fun aren't they? Let us know how it goes when it's fully sorted. I've had my Commander since 1995 and can't see me ever having cause to sell it until I can't ride any more. A sorted rotary is a fine motorcycle, if misunderstood by the motorcycling...
by Ian
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Number 101
Replies: 5
Views: 7521

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: 5111

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: 14242

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: 14242

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: 32328

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: 19
Views: 24306

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: 19
Views: 24306

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: 19
Views: 24306

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: 12207

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: 11035

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: 4367

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: 7719

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: 6030

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: 11669

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: 11669

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