Vintage Warehouse Tour ...

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  1. SFMCjohn

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    Kalle arranged a tour for us of Dennis Magri's warehouse, here on the west coast ... it is stuffed with vintage Vincents, Indians, Vellocetts, Triumphs and BSAs ...

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    Cary on a 1948 Indian Chief ...

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    Dennis and his steamboat ...

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    Some of the gang who showed up for this treat of a tour ... Dennis is full of history and information learned both from books and at first hand ... he is a Renascence man ...

    The Vindian ... Dennis finished this bike and rides it ... I chased him in Death Valley at 80 mph ...

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    Dennis's 1948 Vincent-engined Indian Chief is a replica he built of the prototype built by the two factories in the late 1940s ... Indian had been unable to invest in creating an over-head valve engine to replace the venerable flat-head ... a partnership with Vincent would have created an easy path to update the Chief with a light, powerful drive train ... We got to sit on a Chief and the Vindian back-to-back, and marveled at how light the Vindian felt ... It feels easily a hundred pounds less than the 600 lb Chief ... even though it isn't much lighter, I've heard ...

    Here is a link to a website with more information on the <a href="http://www.myvincent.co.uk/bikes/vindian/pcvonvindian.php">Vindian</a>.

    More in a bit ...
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  2. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    SO nice!
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  3. pbarmy

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    A Vindian?:eek1
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  4. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    Tres retro-chic. Thanks.
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  5. Prmurat

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    I saw Dennis and his son yesterday at Alice's on the Vindian and on a red Vincent with a Steib sidecar... What a sight!!!
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    Hey Mr. Magoo,

    It was really a nice tour ... I've been through a couple of times, just so much to look at ... thanks for reading and posting!

    Hi pbarmy,

    Vindians forever! Dennis rides this one, too ...

    Hi ricochetrider,

    :lol3 Not sure about the -chic part, but very retro ...

    Thanks for reading!

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  7. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Prmurat,

    So cool! Dennis isn't afraid to ride that Vindian ...

    Here's some more pics ... the first bike is the right hand side of the red Vincent with the Steib sidecar that you saw at Alice's, I'm guessing ...

    Here are some of Dennis's Vincents ...

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    This last pic gives a bit of a view of the Steib sidecar on the red Vincent ...

    Dennis's garage is really a warehouse, with his bikes collected in three large connected rooms ...

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    A couple model airplanes ...

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    The mill or lathe ...

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    Lots of well-organized storage ...

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    More in a bit ... Indians and British bikes ... :ricky
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  8. Prmurat

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    Is it the Aston on the lift??
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  9. vtwin

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    Nice to see non black Vincents, very cool.
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  10. supershaft

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    Awesome! I wish I was there. I haven't been to his shop in years! I look down at it every time I go get parts at SFBMW.
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  11. bomberdave

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    hey dennis and i have the same lathe, indian chief and gut.
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  12. SFMCjohn

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    Hi vtwin,

    Yes, non-black Vincents ... I especially liked the blue Vincent ... wonder if the red and blue were stock colors?

    Billy! :wave

    Heard you may be moving away ... I hope not!

    Hi bomberdave,

    The only thing I'm likely to share with you and Dennis is the gut! :cry

    Thanks for reading and posting, guys!

    see you in the shop,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  13. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Prmurat,

    Does Dennis have a James Bond Aston? A DB5? We didn't look at the two cars he has up off the floor on lifts ... have to ask about his Austin ...

    Thanks for reading!
    -- SFMCjohn
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    On to Dennis's Indians and British bikes ...

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    Indian 4 ...

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    1939 Ariel Square Four ...

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    Here is Dominic's BSA, that he's had up to Alaska three times:

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    And another beautiful BSA:

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    And a final pic of Dennis's steamboat:

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    We all had a wonderful time ... Thanks to Dennis and Dominic for a great tour!

    So, there you go ... thanks to all for reading ...

    see you in the ship,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  15. Prmurat

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    SFMC John: I heard about "an" Aston by Red Fred... (who wants my Egli Vincent to do a Vindian... Over my dead body!).
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  16. k-moe

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    According to everything I've ever read the only colors Vincent's came in was black, and red. The red was only available for a short time as they were painted that color to use up paint that was left over from re-painting Mr. Vincent's personal car.
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  17. vtwin

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    John, any chance this is open to any club? Would like to incorporate this in the SF 49 Mile Ride with my club.
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    Hi k-moe,
    Good info ... :clap
    I'll try to ask Dennis about his non-black Vincents ...
    Thanks for reading and posting!
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    Hi vtwin,
    Couldn't figure out your club?
    Dennis is pretty approachable, but it was probably because he knew us from AMCA rides, rather than the club, that got us a tour ... Dennis and Dominic usually attend the 49 Mile Ride ... Super-nice people ...
    see you in the parking lot,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  20. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Those Vincents are beautiful! I think that the Vincent engine is the most beautiful engine ever created. I hope I can ride one some day.
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