- Jul 3, 2009
Re your comment on std red colour I owned a '71 red [non metallic original paint] drum brake Commando in the mid '70s
Be sure to have a stress-free fit of the exhaust system. I already used up three left hand pipes on my 1970 S-Type in a short time.
Yes absolutely agree with you on stress free exhaust. Fortunately the pipes are factory original so I don’t have to worry about after market errors. The hockey stick mount has addition weld and bracing on the one I’m using.Be sure to have a stress-free fit of the exhaust system. I already used up three left hand pipes on my 1970 S-Type in a short time.
The mufflers also tend to eat into the side cover. The dogleg is not very sturdy and bends inward towards the wheel if the pipes do not have
the correct curvatures.
And secure the small screw for the heat shields with Loctite!
We recently rebuilt a 1971 Commando SS to original specs. The new pipes also had to be bend to fit. We did that in situ- one person holding the bike while
the other one bent the pipes with the help of a long rod inserted into the end. No brute force, just bit by bit.
The clutch lever that came looks very close to the original right side brake/choke lever. The only difference I see is an additional cast web that has a hole for a mirror stem.depending on how original you want your restoration I would warn that the Andover levers are not a close copy of the factory lever, which I made them aware of [to no avail] I managed to find a set on Ebay.