But I did say BSA as well
So you did,I had an A10,spitfire cam,9to1's,cleaned and polished ports,a lumbering machine with no finesses unlike most of the Japanese bikes I owned.
They stopped the featherbed because they wouldn't/couldn't afford to develop a new engine which didn't vibrate a lot so designed the isolastic Commando frame as a way of keeping vibration away from teh rider.
Which doesn't say a lot for the British motorcycle industry of the time?
I had a Commando roadster and with the isolastics set up properly it was a brilliant handler. Didn't have any reliability problems either even though the motor was tuned to 75 BHP rather than the standard 58. People didn't believe me when I said it was 75 but the motor had been tested on a dynamometer at the old BRM factory. Being put together right helped with this and my motor had been assembled by an engine mechanic at BRM.
I did get a Suzuki 500 twin after my Norton was stolen in Leeds. Good bike, I liked it a lot but not as good to ride as the Commando which I still think is the best bike I ever had.
I didn't have a Commando myself but was going off a couple friends who did,one who swapped his for a T500K like mine and couldn't believe how nice it was in comparison.
I got the T500 trading a 1971 Honda 750 four in for it because it ate rear tyres and was heavy,but awesomely powerful for it's time,friends at the time thought I was nuts but I'd ridden one and loved it.
The Suzuki was such a well behaved machine,a bit like when I bought the Salsa Vaya a feeling of 'yes this is the one' big smiles happy bunny time