- Aug 6, 2005
I have been struggling with a bogded restoration from a well know restorer/norton expert for six years now. On and off through those years I have nearly given up thinking the commando was not a bike that really lived up to it's reputation of running smooth and pulling like a freight train, powerful, fast and just plain fantastic to ride. I had wanted a commando since I heard one when I was 18 years old and wasn't able to afford one until I was 38, so imagine the frustration of being taken on by someone whose reputation preceeds him and being stuck with a pig that had the internals of a 100,000 mile beat up bike, electrics so pathetic that it was amazing that power was able to even make it anywhere on the bike. So after many years and thousands more dollars and learning tons of mechanical and electrical bits of information I have finally realized the dream that I had as a young man. I now have a commando that I believe to be a fine running beast that runs smooth in all gears, at all throttle openings, that pulls like a freight train and is fast and handles like I dreamt so many years ago. The bike is one fantastic mutha to ride and I am glad that by reading this forum and a few other email lists, I was able to keep some sort of hope that so many people couldn't be wrong about such a great looking bike. I would like to thank everyone on this forum for providing so much valuable infomation for those of us that are mechanically challenged and less experienced in rebuilding and maintaining bikes.