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Old 04-19-2012, 07:56 PM   #6706
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Very cool Honda. And I'll bet all day comfy too!
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:01 PM   #6707
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I rode the 1948 Indian Chief to this cool event. My bro's 85 Ninja 900 would have fit right in.


The coolest dude there was a British chap on a 1936 Rudge, all original and just imported from England, but I failed to charge my camera battery, so did not get pictures!
I met an older guy who had a 1950 Chief brand new - rode it for 15 years. He LOVED his chief. He said he LIVED on THAT BIKE! We shook hands about 4 times in our conversation about the old chief. He was over-joyed to see the 48 Chief there, it made his day, and I felt good too.





























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Old 04-22-2012, 03:15 AM   #6708
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Carolina Norton Owners

Members of the INOA (International Norton Owners Association) had a get together yesterday in Cornelius NC. A good time had by all then a lunch run to Mac's for barbecue. Gotta eat.



























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Old 04-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #6709
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Looove me them commandos! Someday I will own one. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #6710
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Looove me them commandos! Someday I will own one. Thanks for sharing.
Most people who say this have never had to live with owning one of these horrible things



By the time I bought my Commando it had been "cafe'd", but it started life as one of these abortive 'chopper style' models. I think they were called 'High Line' or something.

I would NEVER own another Commando - to me it encapsulates every reason the British bike industry failed.

All those look very shiny, though...
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:30 AM   #6711
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"to me it encapsulates every reason the British bike industry failed . . . . "

I hear ya - I have a '71 in the shed and it is a frustrating bike, with all it's whitworthy bits and pieces and rattles and leaks . . . . .

But they sure are good looking and sound sweet

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Old 04-23-2012, 04:18 AM   #6712
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I would NEVER own another Commando - to me it encapsulates every reason the British bike industry failed.

Then you just didn't get it set up properly. Other than the problem with wet sumping about every 10th time it sits, it's always a 1 or 2 kicker with no problems in the 3 years since I resurrected mine. And I'm still running Amals and points!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:05 AM   #6713
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"to me it encapsulates every reason the British bike industry failed . . . . "

I hear ya - I have a '71 in the shed and it is a frustrating bike, with all it's whitworthy bits and pieces and rattles and leaks . . . . .

But they sure are good looking and sound sweet

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Both of yee are correct! A friend of mine has probably one of the cleanest running 850s in my area. He's owned it new since '73. And is absolutely tired of it. He won't go further than the local Tim Hortons 30 kms away. Uncomfortable and always tinkinering with it.

The only thing any good with any one of those old relics is at the parking lot looking at someone elses!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #6714
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A Commando is like a box of Crayolas, if you have the talent and the patience they create beauty.

If you don't know how to use them they just result in lots of greasy stains on the floor...
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #6715
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Wink '70 BMW R75 /5 cafe

I have just about completed my BMW cafe for vintage racing.

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Old 04-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #6716
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Then you just didn't get it set up properly. Other than the problem with wet sumping about every 10th time it sits, it's always a 1 or 2 kicker with no problems in the 3 years since I resurrected mine. And I'm still running Amals and points!!!!!
Never had many problems with the engine (although I ended up using self tappers to hold the float bowls on - a tip from a Norton team race mechanic - there was no way to stop the bolts vibrating loose ) - it was the Isolastic shimmed frame that kept me working on the bloody thing whilst my brother used to come out to his CB750/4, press the starter and disappear out for the day.

Norton produced an engine that vibrated unacceptably - their solution was to live with that and try to insulate the rider from the vibration. The route the should have taken was to cure the vibration. But then, they never saw the Japanese industry as a threat until it had eaten them alive.

I'm happy for you if you like your Norton, but it was the last Brit bike I owned and I haven't mourned it for a second...

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Old 04-23-2012, 01:42 PM   #6717
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I have just about completed my BMW cafe for vintage racing.

This needs it's own thread with build pics and specs!
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:57 PM   #6718
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1960 DuoGlide fix up

I purchased my 1960 DuoGlide 22 years ago, it ran and had later model tanks and fenders on it.
Here it is in 1990


I restored it in my cold damp Pacific NW garage.


I painted the bike and used the later model 5 gallon tanks and late model saddle bags that were on the bike as purchased.


Eventually, I found the correct 1960 tanks and original "bubble bags", painted those and this is when the bike looked its best
in about 2004.

Shortly afterwards we were in a mild accident when an SUV rear-ended us. Fortunately we were not badly injured.
The fenders were well munched and the primary drive got damaged. The Panhead was my "modern" bike for many years and after the accident I no longer felt safe on it with my wife as a passenger, dim 6volt lights and hardly and brakes to speak of made me decide to park it. So, I took the insurance money and bought a Buell.

So, now its time to bring it to life. I got an original harley rear fender on ebay, and I'll try to repair the front fender.
The bike will need a carb cleaning, rear brake is seized up and a cleaning and polishing.
But not with out first making the man-cave a bit more manly.








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Old 04-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #6719
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Nice bike. It's worth the job (should I say so?) to put it on the road again.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:10 AM   #6720
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Cool2 Okay then...

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This needs it's own thread with build pics and specs!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=784848

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