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    Top riders in World Superbike right now are from the UK... I like watching the AMA races but British Superbike is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lathefan View Post
    ...assembling the engines...1950...



    ...assembling Black Shadows...

    Interesting insight from my father. I sent him these two photos, guessing that he had seen them already. Here's most of his reply:

    The second one must have been taken no later than early 1949 - the bikes are Series Bs with girder forks, which Vincent stopped selling in late 49. The first one shows motors at various stages of assembly; the motor farthest to the left has a timing disk attached to the crankshaft.

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    the motor farthest to the left has a timing disk attached to the crankshaft
    ...and a dial indicator on the valve farthest forward...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lathefan View Post
    ...and a dial indicator on the valve farthest forward...
    Setting the cam timing no doubt..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    Setting the cam timing no doubt..........
    That's the way it used to be done ............... experience taught me not to rely on ''timing marks'' ................I've come across too many timing gears and sprockets with the marks and / or keyways ''out'' ...one tooth on a (say) 40T camwheel is a lot, on a 20t crankwheel it's a lightyear.

    And that's without duff camshafts.

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    Someone mentioned Steve McQueen, well there's a nice story about Arthur Jakeman one of the fitters at Triumphs who was servicing the great mans ISDT bike whilst in the UK, found a pair of his leather gloves under the seat. He handed them to Steve who promptly asked Arthur if he would like them. Bloody hell !!!. Sometime later, Mrs Jakeman mistakingly threw them away thinking they were just some old gloves !!

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    ...R.I.P...


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    This one sums up Steve McQueen for me (ISDT 1964 in East Germany) https://speedtracktales.files.wordpr...4-smcqueen.png

    I can't think of another film star that rode in the ISDT.

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    ...lots more photos HERE ...

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    Some great photos of Steve McQueen there. Regards Tyrone.

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    Coming, as he does, from the wrong side of the river - he can't help it.

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    Phil Vincent had the ideas but the Great Aussi enginier Phil Irving made it all work when he started with the series B's
    Yes!
    PE Irving was the one who took a mild mannered single cylinder 500cc Comet which was Vincent's top of the line, and realized that there was room to squeeze a second jug behind the first to make a V-twin, doubling the capacity.

    His book from back then _Tuning for Speed_ is a wonderful, practical compendium of engine design, not the typical speed tuning tips. He is essentially the one who proposed the 82° crank pin angle for vertical twins for primary balance; though the factories never took him up on it. It's been left to modern aftermarket and garage shop tinkerer's to realize mostly for Triumphs. (Don't have time to pull the book down and research, Phil's angle may have been a different number by a few degrees, there have been various approaches to it. But the description/suggestion & popular analysis came from him)

    smt

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    In 1974 I could have bought a Black Shadow for 1500.00.....I bought a BSA Rocket 3 for 900.00 instead....What a dumb ass!
    I worked at an Indian dealer in Chicago after the Indian Company went out of business in late 1953. The dealer had switched to British Bikes to stay open. He sold Vincent, Ariel, Velocette, Royal Enfield and the like. I recall that a new Vincent Black Shadow that he had in his showroom was $1,400. That was a fortune in 1955! They were a beautiful motorcycle, for sure - in a class by themselves.

    EDIT: Cycle Magazine did a road test on a new Vincent Black Shadow around 1951. It turned 128 mph right out of the crate.

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    ...The Great Escape...on Direct TV right now...Ovation Channel 274...McQueen at his best...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lathefan View Post
    ...The Great Escape...on Direct TV right now...Ovation Channel 274...McQueen at his best...
    That was a great movie. Watch closely when McQueen jumps the fence on a motorcycle later in the movie. About half way over, he gets several inches taller. That's because Bud Ekins actually did the stunt for him. McQueen was something like 5'7" and Bud was well over 6'.

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    Bringing it back a little.






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    [QUOTE=Atomkinder;2557840]Bringing it back a little.

    Now that is a nice setup.

    As an apprentice, I bought a Comet with a sidecar and rode it for a while commuting back and forth from work every day. It cost me GBP 150, which was most of my spare cash at the time. As you might guess at that price it was very far from concourse condition, but the sidecar came packed with lots of spares, including a front head, valves, springs, rockers, sprockets etc etc. None of the spares were new, but still usable.

    I never really took to riding with a chair; I think it one of those things that you either love or hate. I took the sidecar off and rode it solo after a while. One of the clever features of Vincents is the ability to change the trail and spring rate of the front forks in a couple of minutes, with just one spanner. Similarly you could drop the rear wheel out and turn it over to use the rear sprocket on the other side in a few minutes without any tools at all. The axles had built in tommy bars and the brake torque arms had spring loaded clips that you could just remove by hand. I had one sprocket for sidecar use and one for solo.

    It was a constant challenge to work on the bike enough to keep it reliable for daily use because it was my only form of transport and I was living in lodgings at the time. That meant that all work had to be done in the road in front of the house, with no workshop facilities. I could get the odd foreigner (in US terms a govt job?) done at work but that was difficult because I needed the bike to get me home.

    An example of this dilemma: many years of sidecar use had made the front forks a bit loose. I could not re-bush and rebuild the forks working on the side of the road, so i reluctantly had to have that done by a local Vincent specialist who operated out of a series of Nissen huts down a rough track. I took the forks off my bike, and with a bit of padding slung them over my shoulder and walked them through the streets of Coventry to his place. The job took a couple of days, after which I walked the forks back and re-fitted them. He did a superb job of reboring, bushing and shimming the Girdraulics to give a nice taught feel. I can't remember how much I paid for this job, but it must have been within reach of overtime pay, because I didn't have any money otherwise. Nowadays I suspect that a job like that would have required a special overdraft.

    My Comet was fitted with some higher performance parts than original and despite it being only a 500 and heavily used, the performance was good. The torque as it pulled out of a corner was enjoyable, and the way the Chronometric speedo would flick rapidly up as you accelerated hard was very satisfying. The engine smoothed out nicely one you got over 70 in top gear, but of course that was illegal so I wouldn't do that. I later rode a Rapide, which was of course more powerful and had a better gearbox and clutch, but that first Vincent was a memory that I treasure.

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    The photo below was probably taken in Co.Cork in Ireland. It shows Phil Vincent and his wife Freda on the left and the tall rider on the right is Harry Lindsey. They were probably trying to break a land speed record on the carrigrohane straight in Cork. Harry Lindsay was a cousin of Reg Armstrong who was a very well known gp racer back in the 50's, as well as being the first european importer of honda motorcycles. Harry was the importer and distributor of suzuki motorcycles into ireland for years. I do not know when the picture was taken, but it was probably early 50's before the vincent factory closed in 55.

    gungadinn-henrymartini-may1-19531.jpg

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    ...great photo...


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