al1985 wrote:My question is this - from what I've read 1972 seems to have been a bad year for Commandos. Am I right in thinking that even the non-combat engine models from this year suffer from main bearing problems?
al1985 wrote: If so, then I assume that the bike I'm looking at will need a rebuild even if it's running okay (unless the bearings have been done)?
al1985 wrote:One other quick question - the bike doesn't have a center stand. Were they fitted as standard on the Commado? I guess I thought they would be necessary for kickstarting, otherwise it must put a huge strain on the sidestand.
al1985 wrote:I'm assuming that it's quite a lot of work to strip the engine back far enough to even inspect which bearings it has?
al1985 wrote:1) Are ALL pre-1973 commandos prone to main bearing failures? I got the impression from what I'd read that 1972 was particularly bad even for non-combat models due to some changes to the engine causing more stress on the bearings.
al1985 wrote:2) If the bike hasn't had the bearings changed, is it an absolute must to replace them? Is failure totally catastrophic, or will it develop some signs of problems over time?
Are ALL pre-1973 commandos prone to main bearing failures?
al1985 wrote:Thanks guys, very helpful. I'm not sure this will be the one for me, but I'll be taking a look at it tomorrow anyway. It sounds like it's been in storage but has had some minor work done to get it going again. Not sure there's any history with it, so the price may be a bit high given what it's been through. Here's the ad:
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/m ... 93464.html
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