Basic tools to get you started
Post date: Dec 25, 2011 12:43:03 PM
When your new to Norton's and you find it difficult enough to work out if a spanner is metric or imperial, suddenly finding AF and Whitworth in your world as well, might leave you a little confused. Heres a list to get you started.
The following list of essentials tools to carry for a 71 Commando Roadster comes from Chris Ghent. Don't forget that you should also have a C spanner for tightening up the exhaust pipes and a clutch puller, both available to members from the club's spares department.
Tools in italics should be carried on the bike, have fun working out there!
3/8 Drive sockets
2 small extensions (more versatile)
spark plug socket
1/2 Drive sockets
Double ring spanners
3/16 and 1/4
5/16 and 1/4
Ring and open spanners
1/2 (x 2)
Double open spanners
1/4 and 5/16
combination screwdriver set, large shifting spanner (rear-wheel), allen keys (including a modified short arm allen key to access the carbs).The next question is where to find AF and Whitworth tools. I'm reliably informed that Flemington markets on Saturday are a good bet for second hand tools. Try and get good quality tools like sidichrome.
P.S. Chris also supplied the following list of tools and advice
"I find I can fit all of this in the left side panel pocket and a small bag in front of the battery on the Commando. I commute and also do a couple of long trips a year. On the long trips I add a clutch puller and a head gasket. Haven't needed them yet.
shifter 10Ó spanners ...( 7/16 1/2 9/16 AF) (1/4 5/16 W), (7/16 AF is the same as 3/16W), plug spanner (a box spanner is light and the screwdriver can turn it), screwdrivers... small/ large slothead, posidrive. (Combination like the one in the original kit), allen keys... for carbs, ignition rotor, small socket set... including 1/4W and 7/16 1/2 9/16 AF, and extension to reach head nuts
Also carry a spare plug, some electrical wire, a coathanger inside the handlebars, electrical tape, 1/2AF nyloc nuts, other assorted nuts, bolts, washers, fuse, carb screw, chain link, circuit tester (sort with bulb, doubles as trouble light), silicone, if a Roadster carry a condom (for transferring petrol, did you think it was because Roadster riders are naturally more attractive?), Boyer troubleshooting guide from INOA tech tips and a Mars Bar.