I am an addict. There, I said it. H2

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I've seen some messed up clutches, but rusted, warped & burnt is a new high for me.
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
 

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Rode the Commando yesterday, on the same 200+ mile looped I've done three times recently on the H2.
Without a doubt, the Commando is a far more civilized, smoother, easier to ride, great handling bike.

Reconfirms that high revving horsepower is EXCITING, but torque is most pleasant to drive.
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Rode the Commando yesterday, on the same 200+ mile looped I're done three times recently on the H2.
Without a doubt, the Commando is a far more civilized, smoother, easier to ride, great handling bike.

Reconfirms that high revving horsepower is EXCITING, but torque is most pleasant to drive.
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You’ve got some nice looking historic country side road way up in your part of the woods.
You got the best of both worlds in two types of power delivery...👍
 

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Around 1979 there was a 72 with chambers for sale on the corner of the new neighborhood I had moved in.
Older guy owned it. We chatted awhile about motorcycles and experiences and was all excited about me buying it.
I had 2 stroke dirt bike experience and had a 'Norton' in the past. He really wanted me to buy it because he Wouldn't sell it to his nephew!!!!!!
Told me to ride it wherever I wanted. Off I went. Around town, going through the gears it was fine. It surged when trying to hold it at a constant speed.
Figured it needed some jetting. Took it up on the freeway, surging along in 5th. Went to accelerate to change lanes, it bogged, downshift, still bogged,
one more downshift hit the throttle, it cleared and......................................................... lightened the front wheel.........................alot.
I could probably work it out and get used to it., but Took it back and said no thank you.
Years later I regretted not buying it.

It was NO beginners bike for sure. It actually rode, handled and stopped just fine for the short time I rode it.
It was the surging, bogging then the hit that made it a hand full.
A real problem in traffic for the neophyte.

It was Cycle World that dubbed it the Widow Maker. I think to discourage sales...
vsry accurate summation
 

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You’ve got some nice looking historic country side road way up in your part of the woods.
You got the best of both worlds in two types of power delivery...👍
"2nd New Hampshire Turnpike" Legend has it, that there are logs laid sideways with canvas laid over it underneath that old roadbed. From before the chitty-chitty-bang-bang days, in the low/swampy section between Mountains.
Some amazing scenery, mountain riding & sweeping turns
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
 
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I have heard the romantic tales for 50 years, of the widowmaker frame, the horrid handling. I saw one buried into the grill of an F150 up to the windshield on a gentle curve.
Serious question:
As a fabricator, and I look at the frame, and others, and I'm looking for someone to help explain why it is inferior to other designs. NOT challenging, but I'd like someone with frame knowledge to help me understand.
Thanks in advance.
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Look at the f/bed frame and note where there are tubes missing.
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Motorcycle mechanics production raced a 500 triple and won the championship.
They extended the swinging arm 1.5 inchs amongst other frame mods to make it handle a bit better.
 

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Keep it as stock as you can and you will be richly rewarded at resale time.
...that is if you stay alive on it.
I have to admit that ,although not a offshore bike type, I'd go for it as you did.
Good luck and post progress.
Offshore bike is perspective. I have one domestic and one offshore.
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So the engine the owner said was "just rebuilt" is standard bore.
I'm happy about that, versus 5th oversize.
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
I am an addict. There, I said it. H2
 

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Big end rollers vs shells. Interesting
 

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Big end rollers vs shells. Interesting
Do shell bearings ever get used on a two stroke?
I've never seen it
You'd have to have a sump or oil tank
Plus an oil pump
And where would all the oil from the big end shells go?
It'd be burnt by the pistons as it was flung out with no regulation as the engine warmed up
 
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