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First ride this year.

MartynG

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Yes its comfortable but somehow it doesnt chime right when you look at it
Still you cant see it when your riding and swaping out when solo doesn't take long
Not that im riding the Comet at the moment :mad:
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Does Not Chime Right? Oh you mean the red handgrips and the silver speedo body or is it the polished tool tray ? No? Must be those rims then. LOL
 

Bill Thomas

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Norm Is a real Rider, Hot , Cold, Rain, His Kicker is set low on the splines, So not much throw,
His Egli Kicker is at right angles !!.
 

Robert Watson

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That's about where I have my commencing lever set. I think it helps in two ways, first is that being in a lower position I feel you get a better initial load applied by the leg, and second is that you don't come to a sudden kick start cover breaking stop before you have completed the full stroke.

Just sayin'

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Bill Thomas

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I have gone the other way !, We had trouble starting a friends Bike, Carb's with strange settings,
And I have had trouble with mine from time to time.
So with the Bike on centre stand, I put my left knee on the saddle, So my full weight is above the kicker and give it a bloody good swing, Spins it over a treat ! :D .
Look like a twit doing it , But "Needs Must" .
I am over 6 foot and when well, 200 lb ish.
I know I should not have to do this, And of a rule don't, I stand astride and drop the valve lifter,
But knees and things are playing up now, So need other options in case .
Bit like Colin, I want it to start sooner rather than later, Before I get tired.
 

vibrac

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Does Not Chime Right? Oh you mean the red handgrips and the silver speedo body or is it the polished tool tray ? No? Must be those rims then. LOL
Silver! Don't you recognise Flash grey when you see it Martyn? I pinched it when I got the push bike Speedo on the flash.The rims have done many laps on our old Comet racer and the stainless tooltray won't scratch. I admit to fitting red grips to annoy but they match the horn and timing cover :D
 

danno

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Nice bikes. I notice quite a few mods on them, particularly seats and rear frame to accommodate them.
I think the Rap is pretty much standard and I quite like the lines. It did have a top box on the rear carrier but took this off.
Could hear stuff bouncin' about while riding plus wasn't too keen on the look. Practical though.
The carrier (someone did say what this was but can't remember) has quite a few brackets and not really that keen on it.
Then again it's housing the indicators.
 

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Bill Thomas

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I agree Danno, I could not have top boxes and stuff, I always use an Expandable tank bag,
Always liked the look, When the Germans came to the I.O.M.
When I used to go on Holiday, I had leather throw over bags and sat on the middle of the fittings.
Just with light clothes in .
 

vibrac

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Dont start me on tank bags I love them I would love a Baglux compatible Vincent system then just swapping a loaded tank bag between bikes would be real joy
Compared to some of the custom stuff people make for vincents it doesn't seem too big an ask.....
 

Bill Thomas

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I am happy with my Lidl, Or it might have been that other cheap shop ?. Cheapo Magnetic.
But I can't use it with my, Was "D" but now "C" Special, Which is now an Alloy Tank , Beeger.
 

Normski

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The D was Jeff Bowen’s, I was lucky to buy it last year. He made the modified seat and rear framework, I had the seat padding adjusted and the seat recovered and fitted Commando bars with a slight rise because I’m an awkward shape! Jeff also fitted a Grosset starter which he found reliable and so far so good. Front brake is Grimeca 4 leading shoe.
 

Normski

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The Egli doesn’t have an electric starter, it was DavidD’s suggestion to index the kickstarter lower, it may look strange but like Robert says it makes a lot of sense for the stroke of the kick to come to an end before hitting the bump stop hard and risking damage to the gearbox cover. The start of the kick is also in a more comfortable position. I think I lowered the kickstart on the D by one spline too.AC3056F5-3ACB-46F7-9AE1-25D55B5ED9F7.jpeg
 

Bill Thomas

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I have never broke the case out yet, And I can be a bit rough sometimes !.
I can't see how you get enough swing, But as people keep telling me, I should have a softer engine,
Now I am past it !.
 

Robert Watson

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Well Bill, mine pictured above has 9.4:1 compression, MK2 cams, ported heads and is pretty much a one time kick. You wouldn't have to jump up as high to start the kick and my foot/leg reaches the bottom of the arc right as the mechanism reaches the stop. If there is a bit of an uphill slope on that side it also just reaches the ground at the same time, but not in an impactful way as by then it is almost a forward motion.

Don't knock it if you haven't tried it!
 

Bill Thomas

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Well I have tried it, Up to a point !, When I was running Twin Ex pipes On 12 to one's,
But I was younger and the petrol was better,
We bent the Kicker in to an S to clear the pipes and lost a lot of leverage !.
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ernie

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Nice bikes. I notice quite a few mods on them, particularly seats and rear frame to accommodate them.
I think the Rap is pretty much standard and I quite like the lines. It did have a top box on the rear carrier but took this off.
Could hear stuff bouncin' about while riding plus wasn't too keen on the look. Practical though.
The carrier (someone did say what this was but can't remember) has quite a few brackets and not really that keen on it.
Then again it's housing the indicators.
Never mind the bike! What about that lovely Jaguar with the wicked number. Where was that ?
 

vibrac

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Never mind the bike! What about that lovely Jaguar with the wicked number. Where was that ?

I see lockdown fever Has affected him "never mind the bike!" indeed:p

I thought it was Ernie who said once:
"If a man is tired of Vincents
he is tired of life"
or was it Dr Johnson?:confused:
 

MartynG

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The New Zealand folk must be angry - as people in Melbourne (Oz) are. In Melbourne we have been on COVID lockdown for over 200 days with signs that the restrictions were to be eased tomorrow.

Last night a group of 17 or so New Zealanders sneaked into Melbourne, breaching all the lockdown restrictions - how they managed it is unknown but our PC government says they 'cannot' expel them. So it means our hope of the restrictions being lifted here tomorrow are dashed - so still no more riding, with our bikes languishing under covers in sheds till who knows when.

17 selfish idiots have a direct impact on almost 2,000,000 Melbournians!

Thanks selfish sods! Just hope you suffer consequences when you finally (if) make it back to NZ - most likely infected with COVID!
 
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Russell

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Went out on the comet yesterday, great ride! Anyone ride out at all in the Kent area? Would love to ride with more Vincent’s
 

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