Classic Techniques: Superblend bearings, part one

When the main bearings in Commando engines started disintegrating, Norton came up with a super solution – the ‘Superblend’ bearing which proved to be one of the success stories of the 1970s. Andy Heathwood explains how it was little more than smart marketing, and leads us through the potential pitfalls of specifying replacement bearings for big Norton twins today… The…

Star Tron Tested

A while back, the lovely Daisy from Wemoto dangled a sample of Star Tron as us and said ‘psst, wanna try some of this?’ Not wanting to appear utterly unhip and under-informed, we immediately agreed although we didn’t really have the foggiest idea what Star Tron might actually be. Something to help Start Ron in the mornings, maybe? Tch. Silly…

Braking Bad

In the February issue of RealClassic, Dave Bushell noted that ‘my pre-war Scotts and, I think, most girder-forked machines, have their front brake arms facing forward from the pivot point. My post-war Scotts with telescopic forks have them facing rearwards, as do most other makes with some exceptions. If forward facing brake arms provide better braking, why did manufacturers reverse…