- Sep 26, 2009
Level the playing field! pull a couple of plug leads off his R1, and let his tyres down :lol:lardygitTVR said:Murray B's conspiracy theory that the Jap motorcycle manufacturers are trying to wipe out their markets by causing riders to die in 'endo' accidents is utterly laughable. Surely modern bikes generally have their engines higher in the frame for ground clearance reasons, not to deliberately induce stoppies. And another reason modern Jap bikes can do stoppies is because they have vastly more rubber on the front than the skinny Commando tyre, and hugely superior brakes. I suppose fairly short wheelbases also contribute to this supposed stoppy problem, but surely that is to make the bike more agile.
To believe a sixties Commando is more capable than modern sports bikes is the stuff of a deluded mind. When I'm out on a ride on my Fastback, all my mate on his R1 has to do is twitch his right hand and I'm left for dead. When we come to a bend he lays his bike over and disappears into the distance while I'm ploughing a furrow with my solid foot-peg. Also, his maintenance is minimal but reliability is incredible, while I'm trying to come to terms with some of the worst design and quality control I've ever seen on a mechanical object.
That said, I'd choose a Commando over any other bike any time - I absolutely love it.