Just got back from what is really the first ride of any distance on my Commando
. I bought the bike as a rolling basket that would only run intermittently and with isolastics completely shot (I could wobble the back wheel .5" to each side).
Several years ago, I tore it down to replace the isolastics and decided to paint the frame while I was at it. Once I upgraded to new MKIII Iso's and started building it back, one thing led to another. You all know the story. Couldn't bring myself to put a junk part on a nice frame.
Anyhow, the Commando
often took a back-seat to other projects and my busy work schedule, but I finally got it finished a couple of months ago. To date, I've only ridden a few short rides around the neighborhood or up to the gas station until I built up some trust in it.
This morning I took her out on a back-country ride. Probably about 50 miles. I have to say, that I like this bike to ride better than any other British Bike that I've owned. I've had a BSA RGS, and currently own a 66 Triumph TR6R. While both of these are fun machines, neither really has the combination of comfort and performance that the Commando
does. What a sweet engine. Mine is a Combat spec engine and the darn thing just has the meanest growl to it. And man does it like to rev. Most high performance bikes I've ridden that have a rough edge to them. This thing doesn't. I guess you have to chalk that up to the Iso's.
Beautiful ride this morning, in perfect weather on a sweet British machine. This is what keeps me hooked.