Notrun mini review

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Hog, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Hog

    Hog Guest

    The yellow one that is.

    A lot cleaner than suggested by the original posted photograph. In fact a
    nice bike and the colour suits it. The front brake conversion looks cool, a
    Notrun with a gold anodised floating disc carrier, well I never! The
    original Commando disc was ok IIRC once the chrome had been ground off to
    reveal the cast iron rotor.

    The compression seemed fair and it started easily enough... when the air
    lever was mastered. Considerably easier than a tuned unit T120 or XT500. It
    sounds *gorgeous*, both on the power and in overrun down narrow streets.
    The performance was much as expected, pulling hard in any gear, comfortable
    and vibe free at 70mph, getting progressively rougher if pushed further.
    Gawd only knows how it must feel at it's maximum 140mph potential. As with
    most bikes of this type the 50-80mph range just feels *right* and ever so

    Front and rear brakes were good, the front could do with a dinky span
    adjustable lever. The handling was as it should be, planted and going just
    where it was pointed without shakes, on smooth or rough roads. Suspension at
    both ends is plush. It runs out of ground clearance early so classic "toes
    out" riding is good, but nothing grounds hard.

    I've always been slightly ambidextrous and can rationalise left/right use in
    advance. Just as bloody well. Reversed brake/gearchange side and a reverse 1
    up 3 down pattern all in one easy lesson... ******. Only one dodgy
    gearchange and one accidental stab on the rear brake.

    All in all a very nice toy to have but I prefer the RD400 as they are half
    the price ;o) Thanks Nige, both for the bike ride and the usual
    hospitality. I'm glad Sharon took us home early, one wouldn't want to look
    like Pip on Sunday morning, would we.
    Hog, Jul 16, 2007
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  2. Hog

    AW Guest

    Argh. Stop making me regret selling it!!!
    AW, Jul 16, 2007
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  3. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Hog
    You're welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Wicked Uncle Nigel - "He's hopeless, but he's honest"

    SBS#39 OMF#6 Enfield 500 Curry House Racer "The Basmati Rice Burner",
    Honda GL1000K2 (Falling apart) Kawasaki ZN1300 Voyager "Oh, Oh, It's so big"
    Suzuki TS250 "The Africa Single" Honda ST1100 wiv trailer Norton 850 Commando
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Jul 17, 2007
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