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Posted by richard_woolnough at August 07. 2018

This damn machine is a nightmare! how difficult can it be, sourced a new fastback seat from a fellow club member new from A/N he tells me but incorrect for his machine no reason to doubt this, bike all back together resprayed tank etc; piece d resistance the seat, oh year? don't fit, the retaining ears have a set in them which prevents them going over the tailpiece! spoke with A/N, nice chap and most helpful but tells me the original drawings appear to show this 'set' dismantle seat, that is fun, drill out spot welds and straighten the retaining ears and will bend to fit but thought I best first get some rubber bobbins, appears two off, to ascertain correct seat height, RGM tell me there should be six but there seems to be only two retainers, never mind six won't break the bank, arrived today but do not fit, the rubber retainer is to small in diameter and the height of the button is to little. sooooo does anyone know where I can source the correct height buttons for this seat pse? I have had this machine in excess of 20 yrs and ridden it once, 'tis refuse day tomorrow and it could well find itself along side the bins at this rate. kind regards

Re: early fastback/longrange seat

Posted by richard_woolnough at August 10. 2018

to answer my own question, well I missed the bin men, I sourced  some rubber feet from RS components intended to buffer machines from the ground, they were to long but having cut them to size [about] they now support the seat and it will  fit  in a fashion, my view is the retaining ears need to be longer as only half the retainer covers what there is, to be fair these later ones were much better value than the originally sourced parts and far stronger. Now to reassemble the foam and the cover and see where we are, might even attempt to fire her up next week, currently displayed VEL expiry date, and months after it was last  run  05/98!. kind regards

Re: early fastback/longrange seat

Posted by richard_payne at August 10. 2018

In my opinion, a number of the specific parts for the original LR didn't fit too well. The fuel tank fitted with the early single-extension coil bracket but rubbed when the later double bracket was introduced (which didn't stop NV from selling them like that).

It was a stop-gap model based on the Interplod tank which was not really a mass-production item.

Re: early fastback/longrange seat

Posted by richard_woolnough at August 11. 2018

I think you are correct in stating things didn't fit to well!, I thought the tank was featherbed type with a different bottom but hey ho. just musing that before I put it back together I may make a couple of longer retaining ears but I will not be able to source a couple of pieces of suitable plate 'til Monday, mind you after 20 plus years what's another week or two? kind regards

Re: early fastback/longrange seat

Posted by richard_woolnough at August 11. 2018

just thought I'd have a kick, WOW! forgot just how damn difficult these are, it was a nightmare 20 yrs ago and hasn't got any better, by the lord 'arry  I'm probably 3 stone heavier but the compression is formidable, oh for a valve lifter, the G80cs/big Velo/ Goldstar far easier. do others have this problem? kind regards

Re: early fastback/longrange seat

Posted by Andrew Heathwood at August 11. 2018

Richard

Plus 3 stone and 40 years has done it for me!  Kick-starting is now second nature.  I guess the baseline is important - I weigh around 14st now.

I'd advise persevering.  Try with the bike on the centre-stand to start with. Providing all is set right 'straddle' starting will follow. Recommend that good boots supporting the ankle are always used as kickback can be fearsome.  I've had this just with a flooded engine never mind the ignition timing being out.  A fellow Commando owner ruptured his Achilles tendon - he now has an Alton electric start - and there are worse tales.

Some favour the straighter folding kick-start (like T160) for better leverage. RGM have them (Pt No. 050179).

Take care but I'm sure you'll get there.

Andy

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