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Commando came out, Vincent went in...>

Discussion in 'General Classic Motorcycle Discussion' started by ommief, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. ommief

    ommief

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    When my Brit car/bike mechanic finished up with my Norton it wound up being very convenient timing. A friend of his had purchased a Vincent listed on Australia eBay and it had come in to his shop. Very impressive to see in person. Apologies for the low-quality pics but I figured I had to grab a quick few. https://plus.google.com/photos/10016038 ... banner=pwa
     
  2. worntorn

    worntorn

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    Just had that view of the 5"speedo this aft. 57degree November weather was too much to let pass, 15-20 degree F below freezing temps coming next week.
    I did one last afternoon ride on the Vincent plus a morning ride on the Triumph Daytona 955i. It always amazes me that the old torquesters still feel so good after getting off something with 160hp. For a long trip the Vincent still ticks all the boxes, reliable, comfortable, decent suspension, very good brakes, great power and tons of luggage capacity. Hard to believe it is nearly seventy years old, built very early days postwar, just the 38th machine assembled after WW2. A quarter of a million miles and eight owners later it still is a pleasure to ride. Irving and Vincent had no idea how long these things would run, they just built them as well as humanly possible at the time.

    Would have snuck out on the Commando too but it still needs some electrical attention.

    Glen
     
  3. ommief

    ommief

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    Thanks for the response Glen, I envy you that ride. Who knows if I'll have one in my future?
    For now the 69 Bonneville and the 73 850 Commando surely do the trick.
    I have an account in downtown Vancouver, lovely country you have out there.
    Tom
     
  4. acotrel

    acotrel

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    My younger brother has built several Vincent Speedway outfits. He commented that nearly every bit on them is a special. In the olden days the Vincent owners would have been completely at the mercy of the local dealers. It is much easier these days with the web.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9rWQppj2oI

    Enjoy !
     

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