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Vincent "Chopper"

ogrilp400

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Custom Vincents

Yes there are a few around. Matt Hotch has made one similar to this one. I have seen a few photos' from the sixties and seventies of Vincent engined Choppers using the traditional (for the time) stretched hard tail frame and raked and extended forks.
 

Ostendorf

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Custom Vincents

Hi,

I remember seeing a painting from Dave Mann in an old Easy Rider Mag of a Vincent Chopper, but Vincent engines were more often used for hybrids like Norvins or Eglis than for Choppers.

Anyway, I will not chop my Shadow, eventhough the redneck-bike looks tempting :D

regs

Uwe
 

bmetcalf

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The chain looks good for a photo, but just a little tight for riding. Also, the link in the shifter linkage looks nice and flexible.
 

Ostendorf

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Hi Bruce,

that's the problem with a lot of custom bikes, looking good on the pics and on shows, but not ridable.

But is has a licence plate and lights, so it's roadlegal :)

regs

Uwe
 

Ostendorf

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Dave Mann Vincent Photo

Hi,

I've searched the net, but I could't find it yet :confused:

I will look in my biker's mag "archive", maybe I'll find it there.

regs

Uwe
 

Robert Watson

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I have the centrefold posted on my garage wall. When the snow subsides a bit I'll go and look to see if it has a date.
Robert
 

Comet Rider

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Dave Mann poster

Hi All,

Just had a quick look on the web, and came up with the following

Dave Mann "Black Tornado" Vincent from the 'Easyriders' magazine, probably early 1990's. Theres a dealer in Canada selling prints on eBay.


Neil

PS
Dealer uses the name rambo13abc
 

Ostendorf

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Dave Mann poster

Hi all,

thanks for your efforts :D

I found the poster on the bay and also the Easyriders mag with the centerfold in my "archive".

Dave Mann was an extraordinary artist and a real biker too.

best regards

Uwe
 

Prosper Keating

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Interesting position for the headlamp. I suppose the reactions of purists to this interpretation of PCV's vision would be amusing but I wouldn't want to try riding any distance on it. Irving must be spinning in his grave. He was always quite outspoken on the topic of choppers. I think you could probably achieve the same shock effect by putting a standard spec twin together with pink cycle parts and a gold-anodised motor. As we used to say in the army, any fool can be uncomfortable...

PK
 

bsaowner

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here is an update on the chopper from redneck engineering. Mike, the owner of the bike has contacted me recently to see if I can help him locate a UFM, RFM and aset of girdraulics (he only ever had the engine), so I guess the chopper is to be laid to rest!
mark
 

Ostendorf

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Good End

Hi to all,

so it seems to come to a good end :)

@ Mark: Could you please ask Mike if the bike is ridable?

@ Don: Would it be legitime for the purists, if a complete aftermarket engine

would be used for such a Bike :confused:

regs

Uwe
 

bsaowner

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I know that the bike was rideable, but Mike said it wasn't fun for a long distance. The engine is a vincent engine, not a repro, steve hamel rebuilt it.
mark
 

roy the mechanic

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chopper

Although there have been some very clever folks building some very good "custom bikes"out there, it doesnot take a slide rule to see most are a triumph of form over function. Matt Hotch's vinnie went to bonneville a while ago-it wouldn't go over 97mph [i liked that one too]. Be careful, Roy.
 

Prosper Keating

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Hi to all,

so it seems to come to a good end :)

@ Mark: Could you please ask Mike if the bike is ridable?

@ Don: Would it be legitime for the purists, if a complete aftermarket engine

would be used for such a Bike :confused:

regs

Uwe

I am sure they would find a reason to moan!

LOL!

Prosper "Don Canard" Keating
 

Ostendorf

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Custom Vincents

Hi all,

@ Mark: thanks for the info, I'd expected the bike would be ok for "cafe racing"
and that long distance is a torture. (I recognized the engine as an original one).

@Roy: Matt Hotch's vinnie looks faster than it is, my old Shadow might be able to overtake it :p

@Don: if there is a vincent logo on the tank, the "purists" would surely regard repro engined bikes as sacrilegs too ;)

regs

Uwe
 

Robert Watson

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I published a picture of this bike in MPH #693 October 2006. I stated that I was assured the engine was s**** value when started. I subsequently talked with Steve about this engine, as I was told it was reclaimed from a set of broken cases. Not so. Everything in that engine is new, and to see the details see MPH #695 page 56.

Robert
 

Ostendorf

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Hello Robert,

found your article about the Vinnie in MPH #695.

There are some very intersting technical solutions realised on this motorcycle, so it's not only "function follows form" like on other custom bikes.

Thanks to all for this "all over the world" thread, feels good to be a part of the cyber VOC :)

Uwe
 

Puddle jumper

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My custom Vincent

Hi Gang,
Thought you might like to see a few pictures of my latest project it's an HRD engined chop, with a hand made one off frame and many parts, made by myself in my garage workshop. It's still at the dry build stage, I hope to have it finished in time for the summer, if we get one,
All the best for the new year
Cheers Paul.
 

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