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1000 year 1000 mile ride


Glenliman

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Dan Smith suggested a ride from Vancouver to Barkerville. Most went up the coast and over the Duffy Lake road to Lilloet.
Tony Cording, Howie Wong and I decided to avoid the congestion of Vancouver and opted for the Fraser Canyon route. The two groups met up in Lilloet and carried on from there to overnight in Clinton, then on to Wells ( Barkerville) the next day.
A photo was taken in Lilloet when Nigel Spaxman and Allyson were present on their Vincent. It was noted that the combined age of riders and bikes was over 1000.
So it seemed fitting to do a 1000 mile ride. Not the longest run we've ever done or even close, but enough to properly exercise a Vincent.
The bikes ranged from Dan's highly modified Shadow to Howie's near stock Rapide. Reading of the various bikes in a state of rebuild/ redesign here on the forum reminds me that these bikes do not need huge redesign to cover large mileages.
Fit some modern pistons and valve seals, a sealed chain and away you go, they work amazingly well at 70 years of age.

This photo was taken in Wells BC. Nigel and Allyson had returned home via Duffy Lake Road the previous day.

From right to left-
Michael Vane-Hunt, Tony Cording, Howie Wong, Dan Smith, Ian Wylie and me, Glen Breaks.
Robert Watson would have been present if not for a bout of food poisoning.
 

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Glenliman

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That's an " I sold my Vin" Vin.
It did alright, although on one uphill climb, with headwind, when passing a truck, he was missing the Vin pretty badly. :)

Glen
 

Robert Watson

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We could have even bettered that except a local Chinese food restaurant thought my time would be better spent with 12 hours of agony followed by going on a 6 day crash diet. Mind you my 30 year old leathers fit better now!

In Fairness Tony still has his 636 Comet but hauling through the mountains here really requires a healthy twin........
 

MSVH Y3

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You could also mention that all 6 bikes rode back to Vancouver in one day, some 470+ miles. Also some of the engines were built by JohnMcDougal.
 
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Glenliman

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I think John left some fingerprints on Michaels engine last go round, perhaps he can clarify. Then there is Howie's engine and my complete bike, done by John.
At one gathering in the US I counted 14 engines out of 17 by either Dan Smith or John McDougall.
The three that fell into " by others" category came and went via trailer!

Glen
 

Glenliman

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I believe Robert was on call for that one.
And maybe a touch of Dan. Definitely some Dale Baston. ( electrical wiring )
I sourced some bargain eBay parts for it and might have e wheeled some metal, although that might have been for the model 7, can't remember.
That's how he gets us to do all of this stuff, we can't remember!


Glen
 
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Nigel Spaxman

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My engine has some work by John. The crankshaft rebuilt with all new shafts by John, as well he fitted oversize liners to the cylinder muffs and he line honed the roller bearing outer races to the correct clearance. I have a McDougalator, not the only one on this ride either. Plenty of great advice from Robert and Dan helped me to put this bike together. My bike goes really well. It has 11,000 miles on it now. This year the oil leakage has been reduced to the point where I actually had to lubricate the chain. I am now able to ride about 1500 miles before I have to wash the oil off my bike. A bit of oil comes from the decompression cable hole, which I thought I had sealed last year by fitting a better spring return inside the timing case. Some oil also seeps out from some other places at the lower front of the engine that I haven't figured out yet. With this small leakage and the very low consumption I didn't have to add oil at all in the last 1500 miles.
 

Glenliman

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The back of Allyson, the front of Nigel and the primary side of Dan's Vincent at Lilloet.
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