- Dec 22, 2006
the only ones that went well were the tuned ones eg george browns sprinters , or the specialy tuned ones given to the press , all im saying is the fabled vincent is not what its cracked up to be for sure
good luck with the grey flash john surtees,raced one
when my mate Ian Wardrope gets his Sid mullarney 4 valve manx engine finished i think it will be unbeatable
and it will be eligible in classic races too
I've done 100,000 kms of two up touring on my 47 Vincent since 2003. Most of that has been in the mountains, where you really need a bike with grunt.
It has outlived 4 previous owners on 3 Continents. All were keen riders so the bike has done several hundred thousand miles in all.
Imagine touring 2 up for 100,000 kms on a rattly old International or any other bike from the 1940s .
We can get on the bike and head for Southern California tomorrow ( 3000 mile round trip) without issue. That's the strongest point about the Vincent, the reliability it is capable of.
I say capable because they are a complex engine to rebuild and some are done poorly.
But there is really no point in trying to convince a non-owner who feels he knows the straight goods on the brand.