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Advice needed; Bonhams, Stafford



timell

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New member here :). Having yearned for a Vincent since riding pillion on my uncle's Rapide in the 60's aged 7, and after working my way through Brit, Japanese and finally German bikes, I've finally got the wherewithal and time to justify owning a Vincent. Budget will probably only stretch to a single or maybe a project twin, and due to a bad flying accident while in the RAF, I will need a sidecar and electric start, but I note Bonham's are listing a couple of potentially suitable bike's and would like to ask if any members will be attending the show/auction (I know the club has a stand there) and if so, would they possibly be able to spend a bit of time giving me some advice on the bikes I'm interested in? I'm, by no means an expert and want to ensure I don't make any mistakes o_O. My email: timell1@yahoo.co.uk Many thanks, Tim
 

timell

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Indeed! I was very lucky and am now the proud owner of a 1950 Comet/Watsonian outfit :)......now the work begins! Thanks to all the Vincent enthusiasts and VOC members I met at the auction, your advice was invaluable...particularly Herve, Stuart, Charlie and Andrew.
 

Chris S

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Welcome aboard! I got my twin 3 years ago and have had great fun enjoying the Vincent camaraderie and have made some great new friends along the way.
As for keeping my Rapide as good as possible, well that’s a labour of love and very rewarding.
Have fun and stay safe.
Chris Smart
 

Comet

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Well done on your purchase Tim. A Comet can make for a nice ride as a sidecar, enjoy it.
 

vibrac

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Pay close attention to the final drive sprocket a few teeth up from standard was very benificial to my comet and that was only pulling a trials chair (you can always fit two)
 

John J

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Tim, congratulations on your purchase, I was out bid on the Stein sidecar so for me the search goes on
Regards
John
 

timell

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Tim, congratulations on your purchase, I was out bid on the Stein sidecar so for me the search goes on
Regards
John
Thanks John and good to meet you there. I saw the Steib went for almost double it's estimate....! Meanwhile, the Comet's booked in for it's electric shifter and a local forum member is coming over next week to help me service it :). Can't wait to get it on the road (I've joined the RAC ;)). Hopefully see you at the National meeting.
 

John J

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Tim,
you may have seen from the January MPH that a Steib has been acquired, and will be ready for the Austrian Part of the International Rally. Are you going? how is your Comet and chair coming along?
 

timell

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VOC Member
John,
Indeed I did, congratulations! I'm just about to book on the Belgium part of the Rally, as I'm supposed to be working during the Austrian phase....if things change I'll be in Austria as would much prefer the Alps. There have been some developments over the winter; the Comet went off to France, where Herve Hamon is fitting his starter kit, plus renewing the piston, which had been 'nipped' up in it's previous life. Meanwhile, I found a Shadow at a reasonable price, sold 3 of my classic mini Cooper's, and bought it. Then a Steib popped up on eBay, so I had a whip round and bought it too! It needs a refurb, but probably not quite as much work as yours ;) Are you carrying out the work yourself, as it would be useful to swap info? The Shadow needs adapting and a light re-commision inc an Alton, plus the bits done for compatibility with a sidecar...hope to have it done for Spring......looking forward to the summer.
 

deejay499

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Timell. Congrats on getting the Comet outfit and now a Shadow and Steib. Welcome to the Sidecar Section and I am happy to help with any queries you might have. Hope to see you and John J at one or both stages of the International. Will be on our outfit and would be nice to see other outfits there. Both of my outfits have the Norman Walker alternators on as Chris L mentioned. Good luck. Dave
 


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