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Chrome plated Vincent of destiny

daevideo

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This my first foray into the world of the Vincent forum. I don't know how to post images, but the late Keith Berry of Birmingham took this during the 1970's. I wonder if the beast is notorious. Please click if clickable on link or cut and paste into your browser.

http://www.pbase.com/beppuu/image/60388037
 

bmetcalf

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It resembles a chromed Touring guard to me. I hope the front brake levers were eventually adjusted correctly.
 

Len Matthews

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I hope the owner soon got a new Kick-Start spring and put the Girdraulic spindles in from the correct side. No, definately not "Big Ed".
 

daevideo

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It is a shame that the man with the love of chrome did not plate the registration plate too. The late Keith Berry (sadly) cannot be faulted as this was the best way to show the beast. The photo was at a VMCC meeting taken in Newhall Street, home of the Birmingham Science Museum during the 70's. If anyone knows if these were documented it would be nice to see if the Combo was noted in any VMCC notes. Here is another link showing the images from that meeting:

http://www.pbase.com/beppuu/vintage_mcs

It seems the photo's describe an annual event called the Tour of Birmingham long since departed. The photo's seem to be from both the 1960's and 1970's. There is one photo of a Zündapp with a road fund disc of 1976, so the Vincent could be from 1975 or 1976. My Vincent seem to have a few Chrome bits, I wonder if this was a popular hobby, when did it start and when did it cease.
 
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Hugo Myatt

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It resembles a chromed Touring guard to me. I hope the front brake levers were eventually adjusted correctly.

I don't think so. Vin touring guards do not have rolled or wired ends to the blades. They are also recessed to accomodate the fork blades. At first sight it looks like a touring blade fitted the wrong way round but the valence at the rear is the wrong shape.
 
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