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by Clive603
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: login and say hello!
Topic: New owner of an RE-5
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: New owner of an RE-5

Looks as if the teeth are proper full depth involute form rather than the modified versions the Japanese seem inordinately fond of. If so it might be possible to find a stock gear from folk like HPC with enough meat on it to be modified so a sprag clutch fits. If you can't find a stock gear cutting ...
by Clive603
Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: moly coating
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: moly coating

Moly coating is basically there to prevent seal / sideplate scuffing when there is insufficient lubrication around. As when starting up after the engine has been stationary for long enough to allow all the oil to drain off the plates. The references I've seen suggest that oil persistence is pretty g...
by Clive603
Sun Sep 05, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: clutch cable cover
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: clutch cable cover

O ring holds it too firmly if its not been properly fitted with a smear of red rubber grease. Not convinced by WD40 as a releaser. WD means water dispersant not lubricating or releasing. Despite widespread use its crap at both. Plus Gas is usually better although it will most likely damage the O rin...
by Clive603
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: advice 0n tt1 not wiring
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: advice 0n tt1 not wiring

Being unimpressed with the cooling (non) arrangements and dubious of the reliability of older electronic ignitions I fabricated a slot in "holster" out of sheet alloy for the standard ignition box and stuck it to the front of the tank. A tension spring across the front kept the box in plac...
by Clive603
Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Bias, fuel metering needle
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Bias, fuel metering needle

Combining Internet searches with old fashioned books and some hopefully correctly recalled conversations with various folk who I had reason to believe had real knowledge I think the thinking behind SU needle bias is as follows. As John says it all started with trying to meet emissions requirements. ...
by Clive603
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Hydraulic clutches
Replies: 5
Views: 543

Re: Hydraulic clutches

I reckon the hydraulic clutch on my Supreme is a bit lighter than the original cable operation. I have small hands so there were always issues with getting the biting point close enough to the handlebar to have decent control without being so close that the clutch dragged even with the lever right b...
by Clive603
Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: koni shocks repair
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: koni shocks repair

There may be issues with parts supply for motorcycle dampers. Koni pulled out of the motorcycle damper business around 2000 / 2001. Ikon bought the rights to use the technology and started making very similar units. Distributor is Ikon Shocks UK :- https://ikonshocks.co.uk . They still list a fitmen...
by Clive603
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Torque values for bolting the brake disc to the PVM rim.
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: Torque values for bolting the brake disc to the PVM rim.

Hard to use too much loctite as any squeezing out of the joint doesn't go off. More likely to be the wrong grade. The high strength varieties are strong and bonding area in a thread is considerable. Folk in general have no feel for the relative strengths of strong point fastenings, like bolts, and w...
by Clive603
Sun May 02, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Su float bowl needle
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Su float bowl needle

When the float is lifted by more fuel flowing into the float chamber it compresses the spring which pushes the float needle up onto the seat shutting off flow when the maximum level is reached. So the spring actually operates the valve but the float has to rise high enough to compress the spring eno...
by Clive603
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Su float bowl needle
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Su float bowl needle

Trevor You are overthinking this. When the carburettor is inverted the float needle rests on its seat and the spring compresses just enough to support the weight of the float. So long as the float sits at the right height the fuel level will be correct when installed. This is just a set-up test. Whe...
by Clive603
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 23
Views: 2156

Re: Supreme commander

Hi Richard Run out of MZ bits did you? So what did you nick the front end and running gear off of for that one then? I'm surprised that most of the Supremes were ordinary fixed pannier machines rather than Krauser type. I couldn't live without the extra carry space. As you know having seen my "...
by Clive603
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: General discussion (eveything else)
Topic: Supreme commander
Replies: 23
Views: 2156

Re: Supreme commander

And one more, to (almost) steal Steve Jobs line. 01 Norton SC L Side red.jpg 04 Norton SC Front red.jpg 07 Norton SC BackP red.jpg Lights are Hella projector style stolen from the commercial vehicle / bus catalogue and rather good. Bit much for the standard alternator with both on for full beam. (Ye...
by Clive603
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: calendar dates and announcements
Topic: Anyone in or near Kent fancy meeting up?
Replies: 5
Views: 2698

Re: Anyone in or near Kent fancy meeting up?

I'm in Crowborough, East Sussex so not to far away and would be interested in meeting up.

Back permitting! Messed it up earlier this year and still not coping well the Norton seat height.

Clive
by Clive603
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: Commander on Ebay
Replies: 1
Views: 1248

Re: Commander on Ebay

The guy needs to stop taking the optimism pills! Have you seen what he wants for less than smart ex-Italian army Moto Guzzi Alce and Gilera VT's! Half that might be more like it given that it needs a fair bit of work done to fairing and bodywork to make it sensibly useable. Even then thats mostly lo...
by Clive603
Mon May 25, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander tool kit
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: Commander tool kit

Hi Terry

I can dig out mine and do some pictures tomorrow. I've had the bike from new so it should still have the standard complement of tools.
PM me your E-mail so I know where to send the pictures.

Clive
by Clive603
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander and Krauser version
Replies: 4
Views: 2677

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: 1486

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: 1854

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,...
by Clive603
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Cast Iron Discs
Replies: 24
Views: 13641

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: 2936

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: 9124

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 &quo...
by Clive603
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: for sale and wanted
Topic: For Sale Supreme Commander
Replies: 18
Views: 9124

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: 9124

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: 9124

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: 2339

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: 13517

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: 13517

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: 5138

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 "foreve...
by Clive603
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: technical interest and new ideas
Topic: Commander Hot rear brake
Replies: 7
Views: 5138

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: 8311

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...