Bike Swap?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Would swapping a nice Vincent Comet with full history, for an Indian Chief (1948) be considered a fair deal?

    I would be interested in your thoughts on this.
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  2. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    If I had the Indian and you had the Comet, hell yes! May or may not be the best deal money wise.
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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Here is my Comet...

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  4. SportsterTom

    SportsterTom Been here awhile

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    You've got a 500cc version of a world beater and you want to trade it for a bike made obsolete by the '36 Knucklehead 12 years earlier? I'd say 'no thanks'.
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  5. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Well I would say keep the Comet. I am in no way able to tell you the value of the two bikes and you might have to check with some auction houses for an estimate.

    Here in the states a 48 Indian Chief is a lot more common than even a black shadow. I have been around quite a few Vincent motorcycles but never a Comet. Don't know how rare either bike is in Britain. Still given relatively comparable market values (if that is the case) I would say to go with the one that really trips your trigger.

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    Personally I would much rather have the Comet than this, but would love to have either.
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  6. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    Value wise I would say they are close...go with what you want...
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  7. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    I'd ask myself: are you in love with the Comet, and are you really aching for a Chief?

    Money matters, but variety and new experiences matter more.
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  8. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Long timer

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    "Now Norton's and Indians and Greeve's won't do, Oh they don't have a soul like a Vincent '52." :deal
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  9. LJ3

    LJ3 Been here awhile

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    Very nice Comet, depending on the condition of the Indian I cannot see how you could come out on the losing end.
    A Comet is a cool bike and all but it’s far from a Rapide or Shadow both in price and performance.
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  10. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Indian. No question about it.
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  11. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    Both.

    There's no such thing as too many bikes,
    just a garage that's not big enough.
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  12. corsair4360

    corsair4360 Been here awhile

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    Or a garage with to much other stuff in it..... which needs to be reduced to make room for more bikes
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  13. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I've always liked the Comet, but their looks are better than living with one. Work of Art but a bit of a disappointment to ride compared to a good Velo or Gold Star. Given your predilection for American V twins, if it has been rebuilt to a decent standard the Indian might give you more fun and usability. Over here an Indian Chief in the same condition as your Comet would cost significantly more - $AUS50K seems to be the average.
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  14. Gibster

    Gibster high desert roamer

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    Seen an older gentleman racing a Comet at Sears Point during Vintage Motorcycle Days around 2000. It was the best sounding bike all weekend. Keep the Vincent.
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  15. Caesars_ghost

    Caesars_ghost Air Cooled.

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    It's clearly got to be a matter of the heart. Yesterday I thought "the guy's gotta be crazy to contemplate trading a Vincent of whatever type for a rather more pedestrian Indian of whatever type." Today I'm thinking "the Indian is probably way more fun, and the Big Single experience can be had with a lot of different bikes, many more economical to upkeep and ride than a Vincent." So if monetary values are a wash or close to it, go with your heart.
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  16. sfc1k

    sfc1k Adventurer

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    hmm, round these parts you'll see at least one, often two or three, Vincent single at any classic bike event you attend whereas Indians seem to be few & far between.

    Okay, I did see an Indian at every classic event I went to last year, but it was the same one every time and it is the only one I've ever seen...
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  17. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    My two favorite configurations , singles and V-twins . Which one ? Hmmm , I've had a lot of singles and more than a few V-twins , but , I still go back to the one that got away . For me that one was a Chief that a guy had when I was 13 or so. He worked at the Honda dealership and worked on bikes at home as well. I had broken the rear hub on my Honda 50 jumping the railroad tracks and he rebuilt the wheel for me . when it was ready my Dad took me to pick it up. And there was the Chief , slightly modified with bobbed fenders and looking it's age. He asked if I wanted it for $600 .
    Even at 13 I had the money but , my Dad said no and that was that.
    Get the Indian.
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  18. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Steve McQueen rode an Indian...and so should you.
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  19. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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  20. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    it will be interesting to see the las vegas Mecum results, there are a few nice Indians going up for Auction, also there is one on eBay right now that is the same value as I would put on the Comet in this present climate, although having said that and watching Vincent prices, Comets are really moving fast right now, there is one on US eBay and one on UK eBay that are both in excess of where I value my one.
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