- Dec 3, 2018
Does anyone know the length of the rear shocks used on the original prototype, I cant find the detail anywhere
While I was at N-V (Wolverhampton) in late 1967/early '68, a brand new P11 showed up with instructions to break it in and get it ready for testing. I did most of the break-in riding. I disliked the high level of vibration and poor handling. At speed, it would start to weave, getting to a displacement of almost a full width of an M-6 traffic lane at about 60 mph. My impression was that the frame couldn't handle the torque of the 750 engine.
There was a near-unbreachable wall between Wolverhampton and Plumstead at the time I joined N-V (autumn of 1966). Plumstead gave the impression they'd rather have gone bust than being "rescued". The way they"bodged up" the Commando after they took over the production role really got the design and development teams at Marston Road angry. <...>
I have some recollections of the P-10 engine. To save development time and funds, the cam drive stayed in the crankcase, with a camshaft chain that ran around from there, up though the old push-rod tunnels to and from the head. It was fairly light-duty chain and about 3 feet long and was nowhere near rugged enough for the job. I think it stretched fast enough to require adjustment every few hours of running the engine.