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A few photos of the '62 650SS #296904
02/01/10 1:05 am
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Winter Springs, FL
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Hi all,
Thanks to Mike and Dave Carter I was able to take the newly restored 650SS out on the road today. Motor runs great and sounds real good. Dave and I did about 8 miles. We found a couple of oil leaks and addressed those in short order. More sorting next weekend.

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74 Roadster 880cc
1962 Norton 650SS
75 Ducati 860GT
1968 Commando Fastback SN 126157
1975 Honda CB400f AHRMA racer #842
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Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #296907
02/01/10 1:14 am
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Thats a nice looking machine.

I see you have a twin leading shoe brake on it.

In my experience if you use the linings sold by Vintage Brakes and follow their set up recomendations these brakes can be reasonably good (at least the first two times you use them in anger) They will fade if used again and again but they are not too bad for the road.

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: johnm] #296976
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That'll do.....nice work.

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: 850CMNDO] #297013
02/01/10 6:36 pm
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Very, Very nice. Nice job.

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: ] #297426
02/03/10 6:34 pm
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Winter Springs, FL
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The serial number indicates 1962 is about right for manufacture date. It was a rolling basket case sans fenders, number plate, seat and other stuff when I picked it up. The headlight bucket is not correct for a '62. I'd love to find the correct bucket is someone has one to part with.


LONG LIVE LOCKTITE

74 Roadster 880cc
1962 Norton 650SS
75 Ducati 860GT
1968 Commando Fastback SN 126157
1975 Honda CB400f AHRMA racer #842
email addy: sargehopp@gmail.com
Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #297473
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thats beautiful Tom! But the ski jacket looks out of place in florida!


73 850 Commando
75 Ducati 750gt
78 Laverda 1200
97 Ducati 900 SS
61 BSA A10
62 Triumph T110
Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: ] #297486
02/04/10 2:36 am
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Altoona, Florida
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Tom is being modest as he put this bike together engine and all, My Brother made and adjusted some parts and I looked over his shoulder with the engine and wiring and setting up the mag but this is all Tom and a great looking bike it is, was proud to have it grace the shop..Good job Tom


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Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #297488
02/04/10 2:48 am
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REALLY NICE Tom......Good job. Bectcha is sounds as good as it looks.

See ya this spring....your friend in NC, USA Gordon Gray

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Mike667-neighbor of the beast] #298230
02/08/10 5:01 pm
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Winter Springs, FL
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Hey man, it's been cold down here!


LONG LIVE LOCKTITE

74 Roadster 880cc
1962 Norton 650SS
75 Ducati 860GT
1968 Commando Fastback SN 126157
1975 Honda CB400f AHRMA racer #842
email addy: sargehopp@gmail.com
Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: ] #298235
02/08/10 5:23 pm
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Winter Springs, FL
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Ben,
I don't assume to know you're level of mechanical experience. I've built a couple of commandos and they weren't too bad. The Dominator is a different beast. Just about everything abou the Dominator is more difficult than the Commando. Check the fit of any part you buy from Norvil. Make friends with your local machine shop.
I have a new in box seat for the slimline featherbed for sale.


LONG LIVE LOCKTITE

74 Roadster 880cc
1962 Norton 650SS
75 Ducati 860GT
1968 Commando Fastback SN 126157
1975 Honda CB400f AHRMA racer #842
email addy: sargehopp@gmail.com
Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #298283
02/08/10 11:29 pm
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Maui Hawaii
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Tom,
Don't leave it unattended in the parking lot. You just might find a well used Commando with a thank you note in its place.
Bill


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1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
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Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #298299
02/09/10 1:32 am
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Originally Posted by Tom Sanders
Hey man, it's been cold down here!

I,m with you there.......weather has been below normal far too long!

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Gordon Gray] #298321
02/09/10 8:27 am
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Very pretty, how do you find it rides in comparison to a Commando? a few more miles needed to really get the feel of it.

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: norton bob] #298356
02/09/10 5:12 pm
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Winter Springs, FL
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I have only put about 20 miles on it so far. The motor is quite smooth and acceleration good. Naturally, not as much torque as a commando. I have not as yet got into the twisties to experience the famed featherbed handling.


LONG LIVE LOCKTITE

74 Roadster 880cc
1962 Norton 650SS
75 Ducati 860GT
1968 Commando Fastback SN 126157
1975 Honda CB400f AHRMA racer #842
email addy: sargehopp@gmail.com
Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #298373
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Dont think you will be dissapointed, I rode a Dunstall 650 in the late 1960's it had been timed at 131mph! but not with me on it! think I did 80 in second,then had to shut off or go thro a brick wall.It was enough for me.

Re: A few photos of the '62 650SS [Re: Tom Sanders] #298436
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Dont think you will be dissapointed, I rode a Dunstall 650 in the late 1960's it had been timed at 131mph! but not with me on it! think I did 80 in second,then had to shut off or go thro a brick wall.It was enough for me.


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