- Feb 4, 2009
This is the new project - picked it up yesterday. It's a 1974 Commando 850, with 17K miles, one owner (really!). It hasn't been registered since 1983. The engine is stuck, lots of surface corrosion, but basically complete. There is also a box with the seat, tank, brake caliper, and a few other parts. It was in a chicken coop, hence lots of chicken s--t to remove. I'll need lots of advice on this one. A total tear down, engine and trans overhaul, etc. The frame appears straight except for where someone installed crash bars with u-clamps and squeezed the down tubes. I'll need to send the frame someplace to be repaired when it is stripped. This will be a long term (2 to 3 years) restoration. My source of disposable cash dried up when Buell Motorcycles went out of business - I was one of their demo coordinators. I am now totally retired. I'll post pictures and comments throughout the restoration, and lots of questions for the experts on this forum. Wish me luck!