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Rapide wanted!

Phil Baker

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Non-VOC Member
Hey ho! The Basingstoke Comet is finished and running :D - just a little tinkering with the carburation still ongoing as it's been running a bit rich. After dropping the needle to its highest slot I still can't get the speed up over 58mph although the performance is a lot smoother now and no 8-stroking, misfiring etc. Think the needle is wrong - 4 slot in there at the moment..... Stumpy's looking for a 5-slot that I can borrow to see if that makes a difference.

HOWEVER ..... I have really enjoyed the process and, unfortunately for my wallet, have got the Vincent bug. I always wanted a twin and so does everyone, I suppose. But if anyone has parts of a 1000cc engine or a whole Rapide in bits or just needing loving restoration then please contact me on phil@pgbf.freeserve.co.uk or 07768 105456 and if I succeed in getting hold of one I'll pay it the same respect as the Comet has received.

And no, I'm afraid the Comet is not up for sale - I just love that bike and can't even think of selling it!!

Thanks for listening (or, technically, reading...)!



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You can get medication to combat Vincentitis! It is a large pill of reality washed down by a draught of Bank Manager's gloom. Resist for as long as possible and you will end up a very happy/confused/poor/frustrated individual.
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