There is a LOT of truth in that statement. Personally, I decided to stop counting. If I can afford / justify it, I’ll buy it. If I can’t, I wait until I can or change my plan.I guess owners range from perfectionist traditionalists to those who don’t care what it looks like and/or how poorly it performs. I am not among the latter. I’ve seen motorcycles that I wouldn’t ride to the end of driveway, let beyond. Have more oil on the outside than the inside. Tires that should have been retired hundreds of miles ago. Yet owners of these eyesores seem perfectly content with their bike. Usually they explain they will someday get around to doing something.
Commandos are notorious wallet vacuums. Most owners of a well prepared Commando are in serious denial of what they spend on their bike.
A brake pedal return spring, transmission layshaft bearing replacement and upgrading the front disc brake I consider mandatory. A single piece rear axle replacement would be close to mandatory. After that the list is long and expensive.
Most experiences are somewhat like this: “I got this great 1972 Commando for $2500. Needs a little work. $1000 will probably bring it around”. When they reach $5000 in expenditures, not counting the original $2500, they either sell the bike or quit counting. IF they continue, initial stage of denial sets in. Once they reach 10 grand they are in terminal denial.