• 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.

Marty Dickerson 1939 Series A Comet


Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Thought you might like to see progress photos of Marty Dickerson 1939 Series A Comet restoration. Thanks to Greg Brillus for photos of his excellent workmanship.

Stephen Carson



Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
VOC Forum Moderator
It's looking good. The series A bikes are certainly different.


Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Email from Marty on the Series A Comet.

From: Martin Dickerson

Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 12:01 AM

To: stephen carson

Subject: Re: Red 39 HRD Comet

Dear Stephen,

I am sorry I can't be much help about the history of the Comet. I can tell you my history with it. I purchased it from a fellow who owned a muffler shop in South Los Angeles. His name was Oakie Gregory who is now deceased. I rode it for about a year, but it had a problem that may still exist. It would start right away and run fine till it got nice and warmed up, then it would get a misfire and the warmer it got the worse the misfire was. The misfiring would start at about 60 M. P. H. and if you continued riding it come in at 50 M.P.H. It had a Miller Mag/dyno unite installed for ignition and lighting and the symptom of the problem was the coil winding in the magneto. If you let it cool down it would work OK again till it hot again. I checked to see if a Lucas Mag/dyno unit would fit and found the platform it mounted on was way to high and a Lucas unit was out of the question. Probably the only way to fix it would be to rewind the coil in the magneto. To my knowledge no one in So calf. was doing that kind of work in thosedays, so it never got repaired as far as it know.

I ended up selling the bike to a fellow in San Diego and he is the one that painted it red. I found out he wanted to sell it , so bought it back, but never got it running again. I wanted to move it out of the shop so I put it up for sale again at which timeMel, bought it from me.

That is about all I can tell you about it. It is a fun bike to ride until that misfire came in, that spoiled all the fun! Good luck with it and I hope you can get it running and that misfire is gone.


Marty Dickerson


Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Previous Owners Marty Dickerson when he owned Thousand Oaks bike shop Marty sold it twice second time to Melvin John Jensen then to Johnny Fregoso then to myself Stephen Carson in 2012 . I imported the bike into Australia.

Anybody have contact details Melvin John Jensen??.

It looks like Greg has the mag sorted, but Glenn Shriver put one of these on the bike that is in Texas now.


Can't Find What You Need?

Buyer Beware: Fake or Real?