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Unclviny said:
Comets are cool, remember:

1/2 the Vincent, 1/2 the money.

Vince


...and still twice as much as a comparable machine. Cool..yes, but overpriced. Like paying for the pony on the grips of a 1911 (for those familiar with guns)
 
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Just Supercharge it , look up ' Mighty mouse ' on Google . Put ' vincent ' in too . and those things DO have a hinge , sort of a flop .
Seeing Surtees into the RH sweeper of the straight , at Pukekohe .On the 500 & 1000 .
 
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ok I know more:
it's confirmed it's a Comet, probs 1951.
actually... 2 !

the guy bought a second hand one too to use as a spare parts donor back in the 70th.
Will not get to see the bike(s) for a few weeks more. Will keep you in loop as things progress.
 
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Lucky dog!! I got a call from a guy once saying his neighbor had a very early Harley that had her husband had before he died. He said she wanted $100.00 and I couldn't get there fast enough!! However it was no early Harley, but it was a 55 AJS 500 single. We had it running in one day.
 
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TWO singles is a start actually ! :D Chpping the arse of the crankcase was common for boat engines & Norvins :shock: . and theres the Piccadore aircraft version , though I think it retains te aft houseing .
So you could possibly hook up a chopped case cheap :lol: . Or take malicious delight in CHOPPING one .The original is a bit ponderous on shifts due to the mass of the internals , and bends selectors if hurried aggressively .
SO , with the triplex chain , a Commando box and clutch is hunkey doorey . Just needs a Wideline frame , short road holders , a Manx tank . . . . Nice tuppany project ! :eek:

' Superior ' spec was Manx Chassis , 7R front Brake , open pipes ! manx G'box . So all you need is a blown up 61 Manx & a Crancase Now ! :lol: 8) :p
 
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Had a trials ride on the one we overhauled for the dude whod held the import franchise in N.Z.
He thought the shift was o.k. but you had to take your time , as he'd raced them in the 50s .
Wasnt the type to be ammused by the opposition sailing past while you counted , one . . . two
on gearshifts w f o , or to be ammused by them jamming in gear .
There were faster bikes around that weighed a lot less , counts for a bit on unsealed roads .

Alltogether not a retrograde step , chopping the box of and stuffing it in a old dominator .
Old not implying degenerate . In respect to the perspective of that generation .
 
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Steady on there Matt. Vincent singles had a separate gearbox anyway.
Think it was an Albion, same as Enfields had.
(Edit) For the Grey Flash.
The Comets had a Burman.

If you need to chop the gearbox off a Vincent (twin) you don't have the right featherbed frame.
 
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Matt Spencer said:
Had a trials ride on the one we overhauled for the dude whod held the import franchise in N.Z.
He thought the shift was o.k. but you had to take your time , as he'd raced them in the 50s .
Wasnt the type to be ammused by the opposition sailing past while you counted , one . . . two
on gearshifts w f o , or to be ammused by them jamming in gear .
There were faster bikes around that weighed a lot less , counts for a bit on unsealed roads .

Alltogether not a retrograde step , chopping the box of and stuffing it in a old dominator .
Old not implying degenerate . In respect to the perspective of that generation .


The shift on a Vincent isnt all that slow at all. Will find my "Vincent brake test Video" and repost it.




In it you can hear the shift on my 47 HRD Rap, engine number 38.
 
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I'm mistaken, the shift isn't there, it's just a blip in the video. Trust me, it is only a tiny bit slower to shift than my Norton Commando or 650SS.

Still worth watching the video to see how good the brakes are on a 1947 bike. These are Lightning back plates and finned Shadow drums, but all stock Vincent stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amMPrwtuz2U
 
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anyway -the old bloke does not want to sell -still have not had any chance to see the bikes.
he said he asked his sister in law and said he should not sell anything... :-(
 
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