Hello everybody! I'm happy to be a part of this forum. I bought this Commando late last year on a whim as my first motorcycle. I had some trouble getting in getting it in decent running condition, but after some new carbs and an electronic ignition I got some good riding done in the spring/summer. I fell in love. The bike is complete but its in rather rough shape, and I decided to have it rebuilt. I took it to a shop and was quoted a complete rebuild price of about $16,000. It was a little out of my projected budget, but I really wanted to see this bike restored. I have taken it upon myself to do the majority of the work myself with sending out the engine gearbox for professional rebuild. I have been studying as much as I can about these bikes from the moment I first bought it. I consider myself fairly mechanically savvy, having worked on more than a few classic cars that I've owned. Maybe I'm getting in over my head, but with my desire, and of course hopefully a lot of help from the people in this forum I can get through this and have a beautiful, reliable daily driver in the end. So here it is. I rented a shop, bought a bike lift, and started the dismantling process today.