Practical tips and tricks
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During the use of the motorcylces the riders were confronted with problems not envisioned by Norton.
Motorcycling and The MotorCyle magazines were weeklies that published several tips and tricks to help the riders keep their bikes on the road, both military or civilian M/C's .
I give a personal tip
for clutch problems.
To do this, a hole (roughly 1,5 mm diameter suffices) was drilled through the head of the bolt. After tightening the bolt to the tank, a piece of safety wire is inserted through the bolt head and then conveniently fixed to the petrol tank support. See picture for my solution. To fix safety wire properly, fix it such that the bolts can not be rotated "backwards".
The cure for this
was again the addition of holes through the hexagonal part of the sleeve
nuts and safety wire.
From the view of safety wire application this picture shows an incorrect application of safety wire. The wire should have been fixed to the spokes further forward to keep the bolt from turning loose at all. (Aeronautical engineering!)
I found out years ago that the newer plates were slightly thicker than the older oners, resulting in a minimum play when pulling the clutch lever. This usually then results in continouosly dragging plates, leading to gear change problems, especially when trying to find the neutral position while standing still.
My solution to the
problem has been to just remove one steel and one fiction plate. The
plates will get more "room" to disengage, reducing the drag to a
minimum. With good springs there will not be any slippage, and the front
wheel of the bike can still be lifted from the ground by a sudden clutch