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Old 07-03-2013, 08:56 AM   #7351
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I'd heard of Big Sid's Vincent Shop and on my first visit to the Virginia Beach area I made it a point to stop in.My wife and daughter went to the beach in the van and i unloaded my SR500 to look for Sid's.
And then came the rain, not just wettness, but running over my foot pegs flooding . The bow waves from the cars threatened to knock me over. it was so deep I couldn't tell where the roadsides were or see the curbs.Then it let up and I found the shop.
A very cool, old time bike shop and Big Sid himself, a man mountain , he looked 7' tall and carried a lot of weight as well. But, he was soft spoken and friendly and as well as the Vincents he was into Bevel drive Ducatis , so we had another thing in common.
Sid in normal conversation had a pronounced stutter, but , I overheard him on the phone to someone asking advice on setting up his carburators on a Vincent and Sid told him precisely what to do in great detail. And when he was talking to this fellow on the phone , the stutter completely disappeared, not a hint of it.
I bought a T-shirt from him and sad to say I wore it out and it's gone. But I'll always remember meeting big Sid, the Vincent Legend.

I was stationed in Norfolk Virginia from 1986-1989. I had and still have a love for old motorcycles. One day while driving through Virginia Beach I noticed a sign for a bike shop in a strip mall. It was Big Sid's cycles. I used to wonder down there on a Saturday and chat with Sid. He never grew tired of me hanging around and was always full of information and stories. At that time I never knew him as a legend, just a small bike shop owner. He was in the process of building a Vincent with an Egli frame for someone in New York. It was a beautiful bike and I always wondered what happened to it.
Years later, I was back home in Ohio and when I recieved Cycle World Magizine there was Big Sid inside and they were explaining how he was a legend. I'll never forget my time hanging out with Sid and the patient person he was for answering all my question and talking bikes with me God Speed Big Sid!
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #7352
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I love what you have done with this bike! Japanese reliability, with a European stylish look! Great work!
You've never owned a CB450, have you?
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #7353
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The 450 has it's quirks but it's as reliable as any Japanese bike of it's era. With modern ignition and R/R more so. Change the oil often, keep an eye on the cam chain tensioner and ride the piss out of it. Fast and fun.

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #7354
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:45 AM   #7355
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750 GT's coming along won't be long now.






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Old 07-07-2013, 09:19 AM   #7356
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #7357
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750 GT's coming along won't be long now.



Wow that's nice! What orange paint color is that?

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #7358
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750 GT's coming along won't be long now.






I was at that stage six months ago, It just goes on and on

Nice work!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:56 AM   #7359
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I was at that stage six months ago, It just goes on and on

Nice work!

I bought this as a basket case 6 month ago, its entered in a concorse in 2 month
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:06 AM   #7360
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Wow that's nice! What orange paint color is that?

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Im told its a Nissan color Volcanic Orange Candy
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:59 AM   #7361
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After looking at Dockstrada's 750 GT above I'm almost hesitant to post......beautiful !!!

My huble contributions.......

The '68 BSA Thunderbolt is an unrestored 6,000 mi bike.....a Craigslist find......Sporty is a '71 XLH....I'tll get the proper '71 decals when repaint time rolls around....I love old ironheads, but the BSA makes it feel like riding a tractor......

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #7362
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nice Beezer

Nice pair, you have two bikes that were natural enemies when they were new...takes me back to the day....a Sporty rider pulling up to a light, helmetless, cut off jean jacket, "Hey that Limey heap go, or is it just for chrome?"
Then both throttles twisted to the max, light changes...
Happened all over the USA back then.

Me I'd take the BSA in a minute.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #7363
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You've never owned a CB450, have you?

Well, I haven't...just assumed that Honda reliability covered most of their models! Probably spoke without knowledge.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:08 PM   #7364
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After looking at Dockstrada's 750 GT above I'm almost hesitant to post......beautiful !!!

My huble contributions.......

The '68 BSA Thunderbolt is an unrestored 6,000 mi bike.....a Craigslist find......Sporty is a '71 XLH....I'tll get the proper '71 decals when repaint time rolls around....I love old ironheads, but the BSA makes it feel like riding a tractor......


Love the Sporty.
What carburetor are you using that you kept the original, in-the-bar, throttle cable?
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:16 AM   #7365
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