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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Obsessed, Dec 22, 2019.
New 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Day!
I couldn't let everyone else have the fun.
Does Red Haired Molly still ride it?
Is that a monoshock ?
Not sure, but I think she rides a Black Shadow.
IMO Vincents are some of the most beautiful bikes ever made.
OMG my heart almost stopped and my mind said ME WANT TOO! What a beauty machine. Alrighty then you rascal.
Why isn’t some Korean factory cranking out reissues?
That would sell, right?
No, it’s two shocks parallel to each other. Very far ahead of its contemporaries, though. Hard tails and plunger hubs and such still all over the place when that design came out.
FWIW, the bike is not just a beauty, the basis of its fame and reputation is that at the time it was known to be the fastest motorcycle ever produced.
I'd ride the wheels of that machine!
I’d like to hear a Vincent in real life. Any Vincent. The single cylinder version even. I imagine there’s a significant valvetrain noise to go along with the intake and exhaust noise, and that it sounds good.
Also, an early 70s desmo Ducati v-twin.
Also, a Laverda triple with the 180-degree crankshaft.
It may be my version of “get off my lawn,” but to me the bikes of today sound like modern Harleys or shop vacs. Every once in awhile I hear an old Harley panhead or shovelhead and smile a little at how you can hear some mechanical friggery going on in there.
Up close the sound is often similar to a McCormick thresher harvesting wheat.
Noise to some, mechanical bliss to others.
I have heard both the twin and the single. They sounded great to me, although my opinion was probably heavily influenced but the fact that I was looking at a freaking Vincent! As far as modern bike sounds, I agree to a point; I’m not a young idiot anymore, and the street in front of my window gets LOTS of motorcycle traffic. I have no patience for overly loud motorcycles, cruiser bikes with straight pipes being the worst offenders. Besides, a “good” engine sound is not by definition a “loud” engine sound. My Honda 300 single cylinder gets slagged by fellow owners as “sounding like a putt putt dirt bike” at low engine speeds. So what? Once you wind it up to where the power is, it has a very nice growl with the legal and responsible stock muffler. And your neighbours don’t hate you. Just like with a guitar, when you confuse Volume with Tone, you get things horribly wrong.
I can relate...I have a non-running waiting-for-me-to-get-to-it-someday CB750A “Hondamatic.” It’s a detuned version of the 750 SOHC motor driving through the motorcycle equivalent of a two-speed powerglide trans. Not exciting, maybe, but when it HAS run I really enjoyed the burble of the four and the whirring of the SOHC valvetrain.