• Welcome to the website of the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club.

    Should you have any questions relating to the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club, or Vincent H.R.D. motorcycles in general, please contact Graham Smith, Hon. Editor and Webmaster by calling 07977 001 025 or please CLICK HERE.

    You are unrecognised, and therefore, only have VERY restricted access to the many features of this website.

    If you have previously registered to use this forum, you should log in now. CLICK HERE.

    If you have never registered to use this website before, please CLICK HERE.

Average age Vincent owner/VOC member - Number Vincents owned.

What is your age?

  • 35-45

  • 46-55

  • 56-65

  • 66-75

  • 76-85

  • 86-95

  • 15-35


Results are only viewable after voting.

CollingsBob

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
I believe that many of us are at least middle aged..some of us are close to retirement age, and quite a few of us are retired. Eventually we will sell or pass on our machines to friends or family members..

How can the VOC remain the cornerstone of the Vincent owning community if and when the bulk of the owners do not ride?

How can the VOC Spares Company continue to be an asset to ownership when the next generation of owners might not be riders?
 
Last edited:

ClassicBiker

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
This poll was also done some years ago, on this forum or the old forum I forget which, and at that time the majority of owners were in their retired years. Of the dozen or so members who regularly show up for our monthly section meeting, one member is in his mid 30s, myself at 56, and the remainder are retired 65-85 years old. I am the only member with a school age child (11 going on 12) of the remainder who have children, none are interested in motorcycles what so ever. I'm working on getting mine interested but that is a hard slog. Unlike when I was growing up very few have dirt bikes now and there is nowhere nearby to ride off road. So no interest is developed.
 

CollingsBob

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Please answer this informal, unsanctioned, poll only if you participated in the “how old are you?“ poll...It doesnt matter if the machine is running, or not, as long as most of the bits are there..
 

CollingsBob

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Yes, the club has these statistics..I want it to be a public discussion. How do we shape the club so that it continues to be of interest, relevant to the next group of owners? The Club, our fellow members and The Spares Company are the cornerstones of a full and satisfying Vincent ownership..As we pass our machines on to the next caretakers of our beasts we need to do whatever we can to ensure as best we can the continued existence and strength of all of it.
 

Phil Mahood

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Yes. I agree with ClassicBiker. A show of hands at a recent North American Rally indicated about 75% of those present were of retirement age (65-75). I commend my good friend Bob for highlighting this issue. He has a purpose. There may be a statistical anomaly by surveying here, though. My guess is that Forum users may be scewed to a younger demographic that has adopted technology. There is apparently a large base of Members who have never used email. Ergo, the reluctance to consider electronic publishing of MPH. All that said, lets see what comes up in the survey.
 
Last edited:

Whiteshadow15

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
I know I am in the minority here as I just turned 35 last week. I have been involved with many my age that had ridden since their Teens or early 20’s and not a single one knows anything about Vincent’s. i admit Vincents were nowhere near my radar until a year ago and they have me totally hooked.

Having said that, this forum has been critical to learning. The amount of information technical and otherwise on here is a treasure, I struggled to find much reliable information that was from any other source.

I think the main future struggle will be getting a younger generation to pay Vincent prices. I hardly know a person who has paid more that 10-15US for a bike.
 

CollingsBob

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Yes. I agree with ClassicBiker. A show of hands at a recent North American Rally indicated about 75% of those present were of retirement age (65-75). I commend my good friend Bob for highlighting this issue. He has a purpose. There may be a statistical anomaly by surveying here, though. My guess is that Forum users may be scewed to a younger demographic that has adopted technology. There is apparently a large base of Members who have never used email. Ergo, the reluctance to consider electronic publishing of MPH. All that said, lets see what comes up in the survey.
The next group of owners will likely be more used to interfacing with technology on every level..The look, the functionality will need to be kept current in order to maintain the connection.
 

Magnetoman

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
I'm in the retired category, but one of my contributions to the future was getting my younger daughter interested in motorcycles. She learned to ride on a Ducati 900, attended two road racing schools, has ridden around 2000 miles on classic bikes, and owns a Gold Star Catalina (although I retain custody of it until I decide to turn it over to her). The Vincent is likely to end up being hers as well. Another contribution was to buy my eight-year old granddaughter (daughter of my other daughter) an electric motorcycle for Christmas, which she took to like a fish to water (but which, sadly for me, she's already outgrown so needs a larger, MUCH more expensive one. Sigh…).
 

rapide049

Active Website User
VOC Member
My son is 25 and owns a 1949 Rapide and a 1950 Comet , No Finance , owns them outright ,and He has a couple of Comet engine projects on the go as well , He is keen to learn which is a plus ,He will get my Shadow and My Daughter will get My Rapide and She is always keen to ride on the back , the secret is educate them young
 

vibrac

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Ben my son has a son Ruben he is interested in racing like his Dad and myself he did some kids off road but now has been riding with BMB on Go cart tracks
Here he is with a 6 year old Barry Sheen lookalike and Dad Ben sorting the bike
Its no good wrapping kids up in cotton wool they need something to get their teeth into and give them a rock in the coming torrent wave of teenage pressures about to break over them. And something to counter the brainwashing they get from the schools
In a couple of years he will be able to race that C15 in Vintage racing just like his Dad
As you can see in the second picture Ben started even younger

1589277450263.jpeg

1589278074476.png
 

MSVH Y3

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
No. I have to ride the little Honda everywhere and then I try to keep up with him.
 

plasticbeer

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
1974 Photo taken in Christchurch NZ, Son Liam tries my 1949 HRD C 3 on a bike.jpgRapide for size.
I still have the bike, Liam is 50 in a couple of weeks and has his own Vincents to sit on. Neither of his Sisters Catherine & Sarah have been on a motorcycle since.

Vince Farrell
 

BigEd

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
VOC Forum Moderator
This needs to get bumped up beside the part 1
I also think that the data is better combined in one post. I've moved the posts and amended the thread title but don't see a way of moving the "number of Vincents owned poll itself". Maybe administrators, Graham or Steve can do this.
 

Graham Smith

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
VOC Forum Administrator
VOC Forum Moderator
No, you can’t combine two threads with two polls.
 

CollingsBob

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
A statistically inaccurate extrapolation from the votes so far...30 people are potentially 10-15 years away from selling their Vincents, myself included. That puts 30 Vincents on the market in a relatively short period.
How do we ensure that the increased supply doesnt push down prices?
Is there a way to encourage the new owners to become members of the VOC?
How do we encourage motorcycle restoration experts to learn the minutiae, the fine details of Vincent restoration, the adjustments..the operation?
 

Latest Forum Threads

Can't Find What You Need?

Buyer Beware: Fake or Real?


Top