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Feeling alive
« on: November 22, 2022, 10:35:27 PM »
I took the Commando to work today. This meant first kicking all the oil back up into the tank since I havenít ridden it in a couple of weeks.  But after working late I rode it home in the dark in about 40 degrees. No question the only motorcycle out in my town.  It always makes me feel young again. We are so blessed to still be able to suit up, smell the gas and feel the weather.
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2022, 11:52:27 PM »
Yes. That's it.
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2022, 12:08:07 AM »
Amen, Brother!  I know the feeling :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2022, 04:53:11 AM »
I forgot you had a commando. I think I might have saw you back a week or two ago. I saw a real nice one at the Chatham overlook Infront of the coastguard station. If that was you, sweet bike, and it sounded awesome..  Well even if it wasn't you, it was still a sweet bine. :)
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Re: Feeling alive
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2022, 06:16:39 AM »
I took the Commando to work today. This meant first kicking all the oil back up into the tank since I havenít ridden it in a couple of weeks.  But after working late I rode it home in the dark in about 40 degrees. No question the only motorcycle out in my town.  It always makes me feel young again. We are so blessed to still be able to suit up, smell the gas and feel the weather.

Yes!!!...  :thumb: :cool: - - and when you are "on the pipe"... flogging a vintage Norton Commando...you know you are ALIVE!!  :thumb: :bow: :boozing: :cool:
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2022, 07:01:31 AM »
Yes, Sir ! 

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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2022, 07:36:50 AM »
Hard to get on for a blast and not feel right, especially when the destination is home.
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2022, 09:07:12 AM »
And the reality is that you are young.....from my perspective anyway.
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2022, 09:41:10 AM »
Every time I mount up I feel the years roll back. Still remember the feeling of riding my first bike more than 50 years ago.

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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2022, 10:17:25 AM »
It's even better if you are on an old bike you road when you were younger.
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2022, 05:18:48 PM »
quicker and easier to just hit your thumb with a hammer....
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2022, 07:08:02 AM »
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But after working late I rode it home in the dark in about 40 degrees. No question the only motorcycle out in my town.  It always makes me feel young again. We are so blessed to still be able to suit up, smell the gas and feel the weather.

 :thumb: :thumb: :grin:  Why we ride......

I have one or two great memories of chilly late fall rides, booming home in the dusk, chilled but not frozen, to
a great meal. Pork roast, homemade applesauce, roast potatoes, Cabernet Sauvignon, with homemade apple pie
and black coffee for dessert.  :cool: And more memories to come!    :grin: :grin: :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 01:06:06 PM »
     I had a similar experience and thoughts recently on a test ride on my 2003 V11Lemans.

     The bike,while it's been in my possession has spent far too much time up on my lift work table. We had a good Indian Summer this Fall, so I put the push on wrapping up a ton of niggly jobs and getting it tuned & running right.

      First test ride was warm and glorious, bike ran great,but it developed a major tank suck issue,and it had dropped 200-300 rpms once I reattached the T'd off vacuum lines to the TBs from my original tune. I managed to limp the bike back home and onto the lift again.

      I cleaned up the tank vents,I eliminated the T connector,replumbed the tank vent line open draining to the ground,capped of the vacuum ports on the TBs, raised the idle manually a little on the left side and took it out for it's 2nd test ride.

      This 2nd ride, the bike ran like a top,strong,pulled hard,tank suck issue completely cured;but the weather was nasty,it was just above freezing, cold cloudy and grey,sure enough it started to rain only 20 minutes into my ride. I adjusted my planned route to a smaller loop through some of the local back country roads, as I was quickly becoming drenched and soaking wet. I literally giggled to myself inside my helmet,thinking how is it possible that a crazy old fool like me in my 60s,riding in freezing rain can be having this much fun.

      I managed to get home safely,just as dark was falling,it was a cold wet ride,,,,but very memorable.  :thumb:
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Re: Feeling alive
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2022, 04:17:04 PM »
I took the Commando to work today. This meant first kicking all the oil back up into the tank since I havenít ridden it in a couple of weeks.  But after working late I rode it home in the dark in about 40 degrees. No question the only motorcycle out in my town.  It always makes me feel young again. We are so blessed to still be able to suit up, smell the gas and feel the weather.
A Commando is a fine bike, my favourite, makes me feel 17 again every time Iím out on it. My T3 makes me feel like a grown up and my Le Mans turns me into a hooligan. Motorbikes are brilliant, they all mean different things to there owners  :thumb:

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