Amazing how things escalate!!

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I decided to strip the transmission on my commando just to remove my maney outrigger
It had cracked at the top again despite me making sure it was perfectly flat to the gearbox cradle
So I have given up with it
While I am in there I am going up one tooth on the gearbox sprocket
So might as well put a new iwis drive chain on
And I can check my modified drive on the Alton is working as it should (thanks for the modification Yves)
Then I noticed some play in the swinging arm bushes so they need replacing
Also the back tyre was getting near the limit so I have ordered a new one and whilst it's on the ramp I might as well tidy it up a little?
I'm sure we have all been there!!!
I was only going to remove the outrigger!!!
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How true - the slippery slope of doing one job. I wonder how many full restorations on a Commando began with replacing a defective horn (given you've already dismantled half the bike to get to the horn).
 
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Many years ago in about 1975 I had a BSA A65. I started to give it a good clean and ended up with it completely dismantled in my parents garage. Don't think there was anything wrong with it!
It seems to be a habit that hasn't gone away! At 62 you'd think I'd know better. My Commando needs a little work, I'm fighting the urge to strip it and start again!
 
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Its all part of ownership and maintenance of any British motorcycles or any motorcycles for that matter, plus you get to know your bike better.

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Many years ago in about 1975 I had a BSA A65. I started to give it a good clean and ended up with it completely dismantled in my parents garage. Don't think there was anything wrong with it!
It seems to be a habit that hasn't gone away! At 62 you'd think I'd know better. My Commando needs a little work, I'm fighting the urge to strip it and start again!
I did the same to an A65 in 1978 but but I had blown second gear and the timing side main bush was shagged so at least I had a reason to start stripping it!!
 
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I'll bet this is an odd disassembly reason:
I have to totally disassemble my Commando and put it in the back of our Hyundai Santa Fe to get it back to the US.

It can't leave Mexico as a "motorcycle" without being confiscated at the border. I won't go into a drawn-out explanation of this, suffice to say laws here can be a bit strange. So I'll have the perfect opportunity to completely restore it...except I don't really have any reason to do that. :(
 

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I'll bet this is an odd disassembly reason:
I have to totally disassemble my Commando and put it in the back of our Hyundai Santa Fe to get it back to the US.

It can't leave Mexico as a "motorcycle" without being confiscated at the border. I won't go into a drawn-out explanation of this, suffice to say laws here can be a bit strange. So I'll have the perfect opportunity to completely restore it...except I don't really have any reason to do that. :(
Blimey commando smuggling and a genuine reason for a rebuild!
It don't get any better than that
 

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My bike was built from parts in fact most of the bikes I have owned/still own were built from parts it's a sickness
 
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The bike was built from single parts at the factory in the first place, why we go and strip it down and put it all back together again means we're bored and have too much time on our hands you would never strip down your wrist watch would you?
 

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The bike was built from single parts at the factory in the first place, why we go and strip it down and put it all back together again means we're bored and have too much time on our hands you would never strip down your wrist watch would you?

Uhh, maybe......
 

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It's called the "mightaswells". Once you get into it you mightaswell do this and that too. And it's not unique to the motorcycle world. A buddy went to change the light bulb in his 69 Olds 442 glove box.. the socket was corroded, mightaswell replace it.. ooh look, rust holes on the firewall... Changing a light bulb led to a frame-off restoration. Damn those mightaswells.
 
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Project creep is a very insidious disease, can effect family, friends and social life. Unfortunately it is extremely common and the medicines side effects are far worse than the symptoms.
 

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