No time for a video, to busy saving my Norton, but its stuck well in my memory and can picture ever bit of what was happening in my head, if I couldn't get the tank off I would have lost the whole bike, the bike was well alight and lucky the flames were going up and not down.ha ha(well maybe not but you survived).......don't you wish you had a video
There are a lot of modern upgrade today for the Commando's and they are even smoother with the upgraded isolastic system that makes them even better to ride as well handle, the 850s are better for keeping the oil in.i knew about its isolastic setup, prolly similar to my traded rubber mounted hardly porkster, its engine shook violently but little got thru. that makes me want an old norton even more!!
The right side gear change is called the race change one up, three down and in my books is the right way, as for the 75 electric start models it was more a kick start helper, I could have brought the new ES model when I bought my old stock 74 model but being young and had to get a loan to buy it new the kick start model was $450 less than the ES model, it might not sound like much these day but back in 76 and only 17 years old I had to get a loan to buy my Norton and the extra $450 was a lot of money in them days, it also made the bike heavier with the ES set up, plus the ES models had problems with soft cams and the lobes wore down.been a while since i rode anything with brake pedal + shifter on other side, i know later nortons went to USA setup
Yes there is a knack to kick starting a Norton that most people can't work out, but kicking mine for over 44 years now I think I got the knack well and truly worked out lol, but if things are all tuned right and starting the kick when the pistons are up on compression they are easy to kick to life, my Norton has a Hot hi compression motor and none of my mates can kick mine to life, but I can have mine fired up on 1/2 swing on the kicker and always fire on the first kick, but I am also running a modern Joe Hunt Maggie which produces a very powerful spark as well having the longer T160 folding kicker also helps, I have no problems kicking my Norton to life even when sitting on the seat.To this day I have never mastered the skill to kick start a bike. I could start 'em but it was always a matter of long before I got it to fire. The only one I can start reliably in 3 or 4 kicks is my BSA with a manual advance mag. I am currently bringing a '74 MK2 back to life and I am installing a CNW electric start so I can be sure it will start before I'm so tired I can't ride.