It had to happen .... I started searching the WEB for a Vincent here in Australia and found a few but invariably they were not originals - in that while in most part - all of the components were made by Vincent-HRD in the UK in all cases what I saw was bikes put together from parts from a number of other bikes - in effect an assembly of spare parts. What I was seeking was an original - where all of the component parts were as built by the factory. This can be verified by checking the chassis numbers (there
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About 6 months back (say Feb 2011) I was in my garage working on one of my bikes when a neighbor dropped by for a chat and makes the casual remark along the lines of “you must know the inside if that bike better than the outside”. One thing led to another and with me making the observation that I had always wanted a classic British bike to restore then ride – the neighbor out and tells me that he knows of an old Vincent Comet single that has stood unloved in a garage for over 20 years.
I'm considering a bike upgrade in the coming twelve months. I currently ride a 750cc Honda shadow (it is the C2 model shadow the rarer style which has a (21" front wheel not 17" like most shadows which are C4models with smaller front wheel longer guards )
I'm considering the VTX1300 cc which is basically the next Honda cruiser up from the shadow.
Naturally I know it will have a much longer wheelbase but more powerful engine.
January 2011, I purchased a 2001 Yamaha Majesty scooter to use as a city commuter and runabout. In its earlier life it has seen 10 years of service as a utility vehicle within the grounds of the Fawkner Crematorium and as such had never been road registered – and as you can see from my comments below – I suspect it had NEVER been serviced in its life!
The 14th Melbourne Branch Autumn Ice Run May 2011
A fortnight before the scheduled start the top of the Victorian Alps were covered in snow, it was freezing and it was too dangerous to attempt the planned route. I was having anxiety attacks about what to do after booking accommodation for almost 30 people. I need not have worried as Mother Nature smiled on us again and we had a very mild week before setting off from Dandenong early on Saturday, 21 May in very mild and dry conditions.