"Thanks Dave and John and the rest of you." Wed Apr-04-07 04:17 AM by waspfarmer
I built my Atlas three years ago with great online help from Dyno-Dave and John A. and others. I love this bike and it's a strong runner. It's time again to pull it out of the shed, change the blood and shine it up. When ever I kick it to life, I think of you guys.
It's an Atlas with Commando pistons, a megacycle 'general' cam, and a head job. I have a friend, Gary (INOA B.C rep) with a '65 with stock pistons and that is a sweet ride. The Commando pistons make mine a bit of a pig to kick over and it has some vibes at certain speeds: 2000rpm 5000rpm. Gary kicks his Atlas to life standing along side and he can't weigh more than 130lbs. I've ridden his and it is smooooth.
That being said, I'm quite pleased with my ride also. Quite peppy, and I can roll with the newer bikes and keep up. I can keep up with Gary also, despite me fatly ouweighing him by 100lbs...?
Thanks Dave and John and the rest of you wonderfull folks at Brit Iron! It's very reassuring to see Dave's still here.
#1. "RE: Thanks Dave and John and the rest of you." In response to Reply # 0 Tue Apr-10-07 12:45 AM by johnandnz
Good to hear things are going well.
I have actually just put my Commando back on the road again after concentrating on the race bike for several years. (In time for our winter!) I figured it was necessary when I got on the track and had to think which way to shift gear.
Anyway the Commando (1974 Mk 11 850 I have owned it since 1978) rewarded my efforts by throwing every Boyer problem possible at me. I was left sitting by the side of the road for the first and only time in 29 years !! and what was worse was that everyone who stopped to help seemed to be drunk or mildly insane!!!
After finding a short in the ignition switch, a broken wire going to the pickup coils, replacing an old battery plus some corroded conections it now runs - but only with the light off. The multimeter is getting a real workout!!
and then to top it off on sunday I used the rear brake coming off the motorway and the brake lining came off one of the shoes partially jaming on the rear brake.
These bikes really get bad tempered if you neglect them for a while!!