The Vincent; The Best?

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ludwig said:
NSU engine in a motorcycle frame has been done by Munch , Germany .
Called the Munch Mammuth .
there where different versions made over several years . Up to 1300 cc , I believe .
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Yes, but the Sonny Angel bodge-up preceded the Mammut by several years. Not sure about the Munch but the SA bike was built around 1966. It still resides in his California shop.
 

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I've had the rare pleasure to ride a very upgraded Vincent on a open country road. This bike is to all apperances a stock Rapide. However, the owner also has an extensive automotive parts business and includes an astonishing array of redesigned improved parts for Vincents. This particular machine is 1200cc, new barrels, new design "front" heads, electronic ignition, new design clutch, bigger Shadow type brakes, modified gearbox, improved suspension and so on. It was easy enough to start, the kick lever being rather long. Gear selection was Norton style but slightly long slow travel. Clutch uptake predictable and smooth. Engine torque was stump pulling from idle upwards. It had no discernable power jump, just good strong acceleration. Up to 90MPH is was fine, thundering along and then pretty flat after that. Suspension was OK but the front is odd in its action and not immediately confidence inspiring. Cornering was stiff, tendancy to over steer.

Compared to my stock 850 Commando? Well the Commando has faster acceleration, better suspension, handles better and is smoother. Its lighter and more nimble all round. Both look a treat and sound great. The Vincent is $100,000. Mine? Maybe $12,000. I know now what I'd do with the difference.....BSA Triple, John Player Norton, FI, etc etc.....

Mick
 

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DonOR said:
this one makes my old heart pound just looking at it... imagine the ride

http://www.bikeexif.com/vincent-motorcy ... ke+EXIF%29

I was at a VOC piss up at the Flowerdale pub this February , bit of an open day for all British bikes and a bloke rocked up on one of them. The black one, made by Godet. Gob smacking quality, sheer sex on wheels. It was fitted with the Aussie made 1300cc top end. Godet flew out to Melbourne to do the 1st service on it. Price? Err ...just say that the owner indicated it was north of $100K. But if you want to shut down an entire street , castrate every Harley in sight and have woman throw their undies at you, then I guess its worth every cent!

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ML said:
But if you want to shut down an entire street , castrate every Harley in sight and have woman throw their undies at you, then I guess its worth every cent!

Mick

How do you think that would look on a loan application?
 
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DonOR said:
this one makes my old heart pound just looking at it... imagine the ride

http://www.bikeexif.com/vincent-motorcy ... ke+EXIF%29
Fritz Egli's Vincents were raced successfully after the factory closed. His tubular space frame allowed for the updated suspension bits the original could not adapt. He is also the man behind the modernization of the Indian Enfields. Before they got their own engineers, every imported Enfield passed through Egli's shop in Switzerland for reliability updates.
 
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Australian one is on " Irving Vincent Motorcycle " claims 160 Hp from 100 x 100 , 1600 c.c..Torque 130 Ft Lb @ 5800 . Egli lookalike ?
 
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