ZX Rider, I can assure you as an ex owner of several Vincent twins, in the past years, you cannot compare them to most normal irons of to-day.
They had all of 49HP & if you had the extra money & were willing to fork out the extra you would have a Black Shadow with 51 hp, bar the colour all was the same, like lousy suspension & remember the two drum brakes a the front were antiques in being just a single came each instead of improved few bikes made over in Japan as being twin cams pr brake drum. Look at our modern bikes like sportbikes & realize the dual disc brakes at the front are just a few inceches smaller then the inside diameter of the front wheel. That is just a few examples & remember kicking starting the bike into life was a feat in itself for one had to tickle the rear then the front Amal carbs in perfection. If not done in perfection then that is the reaso so many of us carried new or fully cleaned spark plugs & sometimes after the 4th prod we were into trouble, so besides the new spark plugs all of us had a spark plug spanner in the boot leg or within easy reach.
Two of three Vincent riders are going to fire up & ride some distance, but each time they start to kick the bike into life ALL waited till the others got started & if not we use to take over the chore of kicking over the bike & with luck also into life.
Remember we did not have the prop stand down & both feet on the footrests. We had the left foot on the ground & then took the flight into the air to come down on the kickstarter one to four times or time & time after---it was not easy.
Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.
Post Edited (Smitty) : 10/6/2011 11:26:37 PM GMT