Commando Gearing Options

Dan1950

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I have used the online gearing commander to calculate relative speeds through the gears with 20, 21 and 22t gearbox sprockets. Since they had no input for the Avon RR II 400-18 tire I am running on the back, I interpolated the circumference for a 26.4 diameter rear tire.

1st, a 20t gearbox sprocket.

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Next, my current gearing with the 21t gearbox sprocket
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Last the 22t gearbox sprocket I plan to run after the engine build.

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I had a 20T for most of the time I have had my 74, and all before I rebuilt with my motor similar to what you are building. I now have a 21T.

20T was great when I lived in Seattle with a stock old motor. I am glad I changed to a 21T for living in NZ with a hotter performance motor. It does great for the windy country roads we have with 80-100 kph (50-65mph) limits. A 22T would be too big and I would never get out of second gear.

I think a 22T would only be good with this motor for a lot more freeway riding.
 
I had a 20T for most of the time I have had my 74, and all before I rebuilt with my motor similar to what you are building. I now have a 21T.

20T was great when I lived in Seattle with a stock old motor. I am glad I changed to a 21T for living in NZ with a hotter performance motor. It does great for the windy country roads we have with 80-100 kph (50-65mph) limits. A 22T would be too big and I would never get out of second gear.

I think a 22T would only be good with this motor for a lot more freeway riding.
3500 RPM in 3rd gear with my rubber would be 51.5 MPH with the 21t sprocket.

3500 RPM in 3rd gear with the 22t sprocket would be 54.0 MPH.

The same RPM in 4th ear would be 62.7 and 65.7 MPH respectively.
 
I run 22T.
Never liked tractor gears.
L O N G legs are my preference.
Never had a single instance where I wished for any shorter gearing. From TOTD to Hurricane Mountain Road. 😎🏁💡
 
3500 RPM in 3rd gear with my rubber would be 51.5 MPH with the 21t sprocket.

3500 RPM in 3rd gear with the 22t sprocket would be 54.0 MPH.

The same RPM in 4th ear would be 62.7 and 65.7 MPH respectively.
What I find matters a bit more to me are shifting points in twisty roads as it matches up to the powerband on my motor with the 312a. For that, I like the 21t better than I would a 22t I think. I like to keep that motor higher than 3500 coming out of corners.
 
I really like my 20T. But i have not gotten over 50 (yet)
 
Dan ... For the roads you will be mostly riding , the speed limit is 55 mph . I would think that third gear would be the choice so pick a RPM that suits your desire and match it with the appropriate sprocket
 
The heavy crank in the Commando always tends to spin up at the same rate, so lowering the gearing sometimes does not give you quicker acceleration. A lighter crank is more flexible, but I love thev heaby crank. Once it is spinning high, nothing stops it. Every upwards gear change is a leap forward.
 
I have the 22 on my MKIII, mainly for cruising and touring. I would have a 23, but hard to find in 1/4" width. On my 74 Roadster with a warmed up motor, the 21 works well for me around here, hilly, twisty roads. Love them both!
 
I have the 22 on my MKIII, mainly for cruising and touring. I would have a 23, but hard to find in 1/4" width. On my 74 Roadster with a warmed up motor, the 21 works well for me around here, hilly, twisty roads. Love them both!
Sounds like you have the best of both worlds 👍👍👍
 
it'd love to try them all..... but with the shear amount of work needed to change them ill be sticking for the time being with a 21 tooth
 
I like my 750 with a 19 tooth just fine. Revs quickly and I don't need to go beyond 100mph. Even better when I raised compression to 10:1 and ported head to add 32mm carbs.
The 850 with a 20 tooth sprocket, heavier crank and lower compression is nowhere near as responsive.
That engine will get an injection of testosterone with a Web 312, higher compression pistons and Comstock flowed head in the future.
Similar to what you're doing Dan. Looking forward to how your build comes out.
 
When I bought my first Commando it came with a 19 tooth. The look of surprise on Vette owner's faces at the next stoplight was priceless.
Maybe just that short a distance. I had a '71 427 L88 and a friend with another '71 Commando. In the 1/4 mile, I always caught him by 3rd gear and had more top end.
 
I like my 750 with a 19 tooth just fine. Revs quickly and I don't need to go beyond 100mph. Even better when I raised compression to 10:1 and ported head to add 32mm carbs.
The 850 with a 20 tooth sprocket, heavier crank and lower compression is nowhere near as responsive.
That engine will get an injection of testosterone with a Web 312, higher compression pistons and Comstock flowed head in the future.
Similar to what you're doing Dan. Looking forward to how your build comes out.
I thought the consensus was that 750s especially are better of with the smallest port heads. Raising 850 compression is a must though, assuming suitable fuel is available.
 
I thought the consensus was that 750s especially are better of with the smallest port heads. Raising 850 compression is a must though, assuming suitable fuel is available.
Well, that was 1974 and I wanted to bring my '71 up to a Combat without swapping the cam. Now we know that 30mm ports did flow better. Better if you can find RH10 intake manifolds to mount 32mm carbs on a 30mm intake.
I went beyond, had Jim Comstock flow head and bought Keihin FCR's to modernize for the next build of it.
 
Another consideration is repeat contact numbers...they are surprisingly good for a 21/42 combo despite that being an integer ratio, the 100 link chain works well with it. Here are numbers for 19, 20, and 21.

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