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  • Far Canal Posts: 1939
    Motor Head Far Canal
    24 Mar 2019 04:05 PM
    Went down to the Geeveston car and bike show today with the intention of seeing this bike in the flesh. It sold at auction in the US earlier this year for $929,000 or about 1.5 million Aussie dollars. Lucky for us an Aussie guy bought it. In original cosmetic condition showing off battle scars from racing, I think the internals have been done up. Notice there is no kickstarter, jump start only. This bike also raced with a sidecar, notice the back wheel with a sprocket either side. Just turn the wheel around to get the correct gearing for side car.
    Was talking to the guy who owned it, I think he said there are 18 other ones in the world remaining.

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  • Ratbob Posts: 1120
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    24 Mar 2019 04:29 PM
    There’s a guy who takes one out to The Bend race track in SA on club days. 
    He gives it a fair go down the straight but he’s very careful in the twisting bits, can’t blame him.
  • Far Canal Posts: 1939
    Motor Head Far Canal
    24 Mar 2019 07:18 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 24 Mar 2019 04:29 PM
    There’s a guy who takes one out to The Bend race track in SA on club days. 
    He gives it a fair go down the straight but he’s very careful in the twisting bits, can’t blame him.
    I wouldn't blame him either Rattybob.
    Don't think the guy who owns this one has plans to race it.
    Sometimes though, when it rains it pours.
    The bloke here(who owns the lightning) has more Vincents and Brough Superiors than I have sheep.
    This one was there today as well, it is an A model Rapide, the first twin Vincent. 30 of these in the world.

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  • brucefxdl Posts: 1209
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    24 Mar 2019 07:24 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 24 Mar 2019 04:29 PM
    There’s a guy who takes one out to The Bend race track in SA on club days. 
    He gives it a fair go down the straight but he’s very careful in the twisting bits, can’t blame him.
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:18 PM
    I wouldn't blame him either Rattybob.
    Don't think the guy who owns this one has plans to race it.
    Sometimes though, when it rains it pours.
    The bloke here(who owns the lightning) has more Vincents and Brough Superiors than I have sheep.
    This one was there today as well, it is an A model Rapide, the first twin Vincent. 30 of these in the world.

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    if that doesnt stir the blood then i dont know......very nice [ love the red ]
  • Far Canal Posts: 1939
    Motor Head Far Canal
    24 Mar 2019 07:33 PM
    Quoting Ratbob on 24 Mar 2019 04:29 PM
    There’s a guy who takes one out to The Bend race track in SA on club days. 
    He gives it a fair go down the straight but he’s very careful in the twisting bits, can’t blame him.
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:18 PM
    I wouldn't blame him either Rattybob.
    Don't think the guy who owns this one has plans to race it.
    Sometimes though, when it rains it pours.
    The bloke here(who owns the lightning) has more Vincents and Brough Superiors than I have sheep.
    This one was there today as well, it is an A model Rapide, the first twin Vincent. 30 of these in the world.

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    Quoting brucefxdl on 24 Mar 2019 07:24 PM
    if that doesnt stir the blood then i dont know......very nice [ love the red ]
    And the hairpin valve springs are pretty cool too.
    This was one of his Broughs with a JAP motor and lashings of patina.
    Not sure what you call these valve springs? Naked perhaps.

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  • brucefxdl Posts: 1209
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    24 Mar 2019 09:34 PM
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:18 PM
    I wouldn't blame him either Rattybob.
    Don't think the guy who owns this one has plans to race it.
    Sometimes though, when it rains it pours.
    The bloke here(who owns the lightning) has more Vincents and Brough Superiors than I have sheep.
    This one was there today as well, it is an A model Rapide, the first twin Vincent. 30 of these in the world.

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    Quoting brucefxdl on 24 Mar 2019 07:24 PM
    if that doesnt stir the blood then i dont know......very nice [ love the red ]
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:33 PM
    And the hairpin valve springs are pretty cool too.
    This was one of his Broughs with a JAP motor and lashings of patina.
    Not sure what you call these valve springs? Naked perhaps.

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    yep ,external bits and pieces are cool...but as a mechanic,the first thing i think of...little or no lube + dust gotta equal a bit of wear,but these old bangers seem to go on for years,a credit to the builders of the times. think the valve springs were called "hair pin springs "on the hrd.love old brit bikes,so does the wife.
  • Ratbob Posts: 1120
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    25 Mar 2019 04:51 AM
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:18 PM
    I wouldn't blame him either Rattybob.
    Don't think the guy who owns this one has plans to race it.
    Sometimes though, when it rains it pours.
    The bloke here(who owns the lightning) has more Vincents and Brough Superiors than I have sheep.
    This one was there today as well, it is an A model Rapide, the first twin Vincent. 30 of these in the world.

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    Quoting brucefxdl on 24 Mar 2019 07:24 PM
    if that doesnt stir the blood then i dont know......very nice [ love the red ]
    Quoting Far Canal on 24 Mar 2019 07:33 PM
    And the hairpin valve springs are pretty cool too.
    This was one of his Broughs with a JAP motor and lashings of patina.
    Not sure what you call these valve springs? Naked perhaps.

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    Great photos FC, that Geeveston show attracted some special machinery, I’d not heard of it before.
    When looking at those bikes there was so much more to riding them compared to our push button toys. 
    I can’t imagine every ride, tickling the caby, setting the advance/retard, finding the clutch, (could be foot operated) pulling the decompression lever, kick kick kick then using the hand gears and maybe having to manage a left hand throttle. 
    But, they sure were beautiful creations. 
    Thanks for the pics, might have to get there one year.
  • Nutty Posts: 298
    Stage 1 Poster Nutty
    25 Mar 2019 09:08 AM
    They're called 'open springs', hardly surprising.
    Early HDs had them as well, HDs had a little oil can built into the frames' rear spine. You oiled the springs every start and every 50 miles. Sorta like draining the cases on a M8...
  • Far Canal Posts: 1939
    Motor Head Far Canal
    27 Mar 2019 07:20 PM
    A few of the other more interesting bikes (to me) at the same show.
    V-twin Grindlay, can't say I have ever seen or heard of these bikes before.
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    Nice vintage AJS.
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    Love the simplicity of the primary drive and kick start gear.

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    Benelli 900cc 6 cylinder, a wide motor.

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    A couple of Mr B Lightnings other toys.
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    And another

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  • Ratbob Posts: 1120
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    27 Mar 2019 07:39 PM
    Great pics, gotta love the way Benelli copied Hondas CB500, add a couple of cylinders and it’s a 750, cheeky bastards. 
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