jimbo wrote:Onder wrote:They are a money pit making a Commando look like a Honda.
You are correct that the S2 is more attractive in every way.
I don't know too much about them , can you explain, the differences between the Marks? And the costly repairs?
jimbo wrote:Anyone know this story behind this bike?
Funny locked up motor that just happened with no warning.
I'd rather have a newer version with the Roadholders but it seems like it could made into something pretty nice
Onder wrote:One just sold. Last winter, if memory serves, a fully restoed one sold in the upper midwest. Stateside, those are the only two I knew about
since then. Not saying an entire fleet went under the hammer, I just didnt hear. Oh, a fellow locally was flogging his Mk1 chopper but got no takers as far
as I know. Did consider it but older and wiser.
My S2 obtained for the steep sum of 800 USD complete in early 80s had all the problems mentioned. This was long before the internet and
long after the factory closed so knowledge and parts were equally scarce. Sam "The Pirate" Avelino was still in business so he was the source
of parts. Bigger problem was knowledge and simply following the shop manual was a road to failure. Clutch wasnt tough enough, gearbox was
pathetic, two problems never really solved.
Today S2 is a much better prospect. Hitchcock's offers newly UK manufactured 5 speed boxes of modern design obviating the gearbox pitfall.
Clutch too can be replaced in its entirety with a BNR unit either the chain or belt drive. These two items will cost about half of what you pay
for a decent S2 but allows you to concentrate on the many minor problems which will occur. Nothing that a good man with a machine shop cannot
Cycle parts will cost you if you can find them. Having recently finished a full Commando resto and nearly finished a full Trident project Ive learned
that the supply of NOS stuf is dwindling and it is a lot better to restore an original piece off your bike than try to fit a pattern piece. With a Enfield
it is worse and most of the cycle parts out there are Indian. If you go for a S1 , a, or S2 try to find a complete and running bike. Go high end
in the long run it will be easier and probably the same money.
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