MrFastback wrote:Do any of you also ride old Bonnevilles or BSA's?
I can only compare the combat engined Commando 750 with my current Triumph 650 Trophy, a BSA Rocket Gold Star that I owned until just a couple of years ago, and a Manx racer which I still own. The Commando definitely feels fast. I know the Trophy is a single carb bike, but the Commando just eclipses it. It's worth noting that I've ridden the Trophy with others on Bonnevilles and it actually hangs in there with them until you get to the higher rev range.
The Commando feels much faster than the RGS and I actually think it will hold it's own with the Manx. The Manx has more low-end torque, but the Commando has the edge in top end. What the Manx has over the Commando is the frame of course. The Manx just has rock solid handling on the track.
Bottom line is that I think the combat engined Commando is the fastest stock, classic, street legal Brit bike that I've ever ridden. It sounds and feels (in terms of acceleration) like a factory racing machine of the era. The handling is a different story.