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Looking for information on 1947 Rapide KLY 987. We have a previous owner staying with us.
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I see this is an old thread from over 10 years ago that has been awoken.Like most things Vincent, it's complicated.
I'm sure Simon Dinsdale will respond if he thinks it's appropriate.
I am intrigued, leading link forks points me towards Greeves, but nothing else looks like a Greeves, tried expanding the tank badge and toolbox badge, James Superswift perhaps?I long ago gave up the ghost on ever finding "where is it now" fortunately motorcycles are initially reproduced identically so when in my dotage I had a silly notion to again own the first new bike I ever had, I simply advertised for one, bought a rough one and restored it. I must admit that for a16 year old back in 1960 I did not make too bad a choice
Ok its a stink wheel but its smooth and handles well and I wish I had a stepped sprung seat like that on the Vincent.
Here we are two bikes 60 years apart ( But I admit those ace bars were a step too far nowadays!)View attachment 24590
I see this is an old thread from over 10 years ago that has been awoken.
Basically the bike appears to have been broken up with the UFM last reported to be in Norway over 15 years ago. The original engine from KLY 987 is a complicated mystery in its own right.
I bought the bike (C Rapide) in 1969 or maybe 1970 and rode it back to Edinburgh from Hull. I put a lot of money and love into it with Alan Peake in Stockport and Mellor Motors and rode it a good few miles. It was a very honest bike as far as I know and I thought, then, that engine and frame 'belonged' together. I sold it in 1980 when it started to vibrate badly and I had not the time or the heart to pull it down again and do the crank.Sorry but this forum would not be the best place to comment.