Here’s a beautifully restored and nicely customized ’74 Mk2A Commando 850. The resto work was done about two years ago by Randy’s Cycle in Virginia. Frame, engine, and gearbox numbers all match (VIN: 317143). If the aesthetic is not to your liking, spend a few hundred dollars to change it…but know that thousands of dollars have already been spent on the more expensive and more important part of the restoration, the mechanicals.
“This bike was customized to give it a clean, minimal, cafe racer look centered around the brushed aluminum tank. Substantial fabrication was performed on the rear frame to accommodate the hand-made seat & cowling which houses the AGM gel battery & electrical system. Work included frame painting in customer specified “Porsche Polar Silver”, installing a new wiring system – which was run entirely inside the frame, rebuilding the Amal carburetors, complete top & bottom end rebuild, replace steering head bearings, install isolastic frame mounts, replace handlebars & controls & add 1″ risers, new exhaust system, shorten the front fender, install new oil tank & lines, install LED front & rear lights and cat-face tail light, install Boyer ignition, add brush finish to rear sets, all new cables, and create a new ignition switch & location. This bike is a one-of-a-kind head turner that took almost 1 year to create.”
This Commando runs great and looks perfect as it’s done very few miles since the work was completed. The detail work on this bike and the build quality are first rate, in my opinion; it would be easy to spend $15k restoring a Commando to this level. And remember, this is a highly desirable Mk2A Commando, which many consider the best all around model. The Mk2Abenefits from the improved 850 crankcase and thru-bolt cylinder, but they don’t have the additional weight of Commandos that followed. NOTE: Mk2A’s had a single disk front brake from the factory, although this one utilizes an earlier Commando two leading shoe drum front brake. Wheels are shouldered alloy with stainless steel spokes.