- Oct 4, 2013
annajeannette... you are replying to comments posted in 2012... by a member not seen on the forum since 2015...
Most likely that the Mercury was a stopgap to use up the remaining feartherbed stocks. Why touring Trim?, a likely explanation is that they did not have/could not afford the Expensive deep valenced chrome guards so reverted to the cheap light painted guards and painted case ,a single carb fits well with that image. Can't imagine that they would have commissioned a batch of LC pistons just for that. Even if there is somewhere an "Official" explanation I would take it with a pinch of salt as they were past masters in propaganda.
I'm pretty much in agreement with NB.
The 650 components readily available to assemble this slimline should be fairly straight forward.
There are several examples of 06-0380 head cores originally intended for commando, as being finish machined as small bolt pattern, small combustion chamber, no spigot counterbore, and featherbed top of head oiler, regular 1.4" intake valves instead of 750/1.5" .
SS cam like ALL NHT of that period(61-70). crank, rods, cases (finished for small bolt pattern barrels) only difference is the flywheel.
All you need to do is reintroduce the 1x2 intake manifold from the early atlas.
Turn it over to the marketing department and bingo, touring bike.....LOL