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Vincent first start
« on: November 27, 2022, 09:56:54 PM »
Here’s a clip of the first running of my ‘46 Rapide today. It was a long time coming.  The tank was very heavily rusted. I had the magneto rebuilt and installed a Ducati type clutch in addition to the usual carbs, wiring, tires, cables and soft stuff.  Timing the magneto took me forever.  There are no timing marks, so you need to pull the exhaust and right side cover and use a piston stop and degree wheel. Starting a 1000cc twin seems like it would be difficult but is surprisingly easy.  Pull the decomp lever, push the starter lever down and release the decomp at the bottom of the stroke.  I still have a long way to go before I understand the bike. Now to sort oil leaks. 

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2022, 09:59:42 PM »
Good going!  That's a big step!
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2022, 04:24:13 AM »
Very nice....way to go!
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2022, 04:59:02 AM »
A thing of beauty  :thumb:
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2022, 05:31:05 AM »
Hot damn!  Love it, Ben.  Great to see & hear progress. 

There sure are worse things to tinker on over a long cold winter..
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2022, 06:14:50 AM »
WooooHoooo !    How cool is THAT ???   

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2022, 07:49:35 AM »
Good on yer, Ben!  :grin: :bow: :thumb: :cool:

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2022, 08:06:23 AM »
Nice Ben, congrats! Amazing how "civilized" it sounds.
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2022, 04:44:16 PM »
Nice, there is a very active club in the US ( and everywhere else in the civilised world) I’m just a bit jealous as so far I haven’t made the plunge!

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2022, 06:05:40 AM »
Sounds amazing, and looks great also! 
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2022, 08:44:23 AM »
What a machine!

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2022, 12:43:21 PM »
Thanks for posting that!
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2022, 01:27:48 PM »
Sounds great, what a gorgeous machine, you are a lucky man!
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2022, 08:15:42 PM »
Very nice!!
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2022, 09:56:46 PM »
As an apprentice I used to own a Comet, it was a nice old thumper,
I suspect some of these old bikes had trouble controlling their temperature, they wouldn't run all day in any weather the way a Guzzi will.
I think the Vincent would bake up if it ws run beside an old Guzzi twin.
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2022, 09:59:20 PM »
Kind words from a humbling crowd. I feel like such a hack when working on the bikes.  Everything takes five times longer than expected. I can’t wait to get back to working on a big block Guzzi.  Those I understand.
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2022, 08:16:22 AM »
A friend held a small get together during Street Vibrations in Reno. These two were there as well as some other interesting bikes.
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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2022, 08:59:56 AM »
Yes...what a sound....what a beast...what a machine...what a legend! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing: :wink:



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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2022, 10:46:47 AM »
Currently rebuilding an Ariel Square Four- totally understand the forward/backward of a rebuild.  Hope mine turns out as good as yours!  Now the oil leaks... my Velocette is perpetually leaky but better while my Triumph has been just a bit misty.  I look forward to seeing more from you Scout!

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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2022, 10:56:05 AM »
I always thought this was interesting about the Vincent Series A Rapide... :rolleyes: :shocked: :huh:



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Re: Vincent first start
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2022, 08:43:11 PM »
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Re: Vincent first start
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So sweet!
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