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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Airhead Wrangler, Mar 10, 2010.
As a friend of mine use to say: "a Triton is the fastest war to ruin 2 perfects bikes (Norton a Triumph)", I am not far away to think the same with a Norvin!!! Feathbed is great at amplifying any vibrations and too "rigid" IMHO. When my "Vincent-special-middle-age-crisis" hit me I went for a an Egli Vincent as built by Godet...not a great idea but I had more money than brain...
The Egli frame is fabulous in terms of roadhandling....The Vincent is ...a Vincent!!:huh
can't recall even Barber having a Viscount.
Those Godets look great, tell me more about ownership. A 'new' Vincent engine with modern upgrades???
Don't want to hijack this thread but lets say it is not a great experience.... At 50 miles one of the valve stem broke (rear exhaust!), after 3500 miles I am on my 3rd Alton alternator, the fork stucked in bottom position once and the bolts (Vincent!) holding the Ducati clutch on the primary broke, all of them. Dealing with Godet is a pain: he thinks he is a type of Vincent god who cannot stand any remarks!
And then... I am afraid to say it... A Vincent engine is smooth, powefull and fast but... I love my Commando better: more alive, more fun! IMHO Vincent where the Honda of their time.... Give me a Kawasaki H2 any time over a CB750!!! I do understand that stock Vincent were great touring machines but touring on an Egli is past my old body!!
And the price of the Godet...ridiculous!!!
Vincent stopped production sometime around 1955, Tom Somerton who built the Viscounts, having amassed a huge amount of Vincent spares, decided to use them. Combining newly built Black Shadow engines, and available Manx Norton racing frames, so yes, because it was there. The best powerplant of the age, with undeniably the best racing frame built.
A bit to much bling for my taste and clearly hasn't been ridden.
The BMW frame is nothing like a Featherbed frame.
They have the steering head and seat subframe at opposite ends, but otherwise I can see the similarities.
Another Godet vincent seen at the recent Bristol show.
Looks like it marks its spot!
This was at one of our local shows a couple of years ago. Not sure what the frame is though
The clip-on ape hangers are... uh... interesting :huh
In real life the bars did not look too high......the bike did look as if it was used properly
mmmm....nice ! exactly what I need with my screwed arm...
Yeah, I'd just never seen clip-on bars that high. The whole point of clip ons is to allow bars lower than the top triple with risers would allow.