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anyone have a clue as to what these sell for? likely more than i have but i was curious. boss i had when i worked wiht polo horses in florida had an original and i still dream of owning one myself, not that i dont love my sohc honda 750's but......................Its a vincent!

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
 

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Check out the post on the Bikes for Sale Forum, Egli Vincent, buy now price was 65K. Not sure what condition your boss' was but sounds like a real Vincent is worth a grip.
 

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I am pretty sure I remember reading the new Egli-vincents (JMR?) sell starting at $50K and that was a couple of years ago. Old Egli Vincents can get up there (that ebay one was a fluke the bike was hardly used) as well. Lets just throw it in the catagory of if you have to ask......
 

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I was following a discussion on another forum recently, And the consesus was that a new Vincent motor would cost in the neighborhood of $20k.
Wish I could remember what forum I read it on. Last I knew, you could get every part from VOC except the engine cases.
Do math here:

http://www.classicmotorbikes.com.au/prices.html

I'd heard he manufactures new cases.

There's a couple Rapides on eBay right now, bidding around $30,000. I don't think I've ever seen a Vincent actually sell on eBay, though. The reserve never seems to be met. If a complete Vincent could be economically built from spares, I think we'd be seeing a lot of them around. Just as well - they'd probably end up like the generic S&S "Harleys" out there. Bastards.

I wonder if you could biuld a "Vincent" around a H-D Sporty motor. That could potentially be kinda cool (and more cost effective). Could you incorporate a sporty motor as a stressed member? Still wouldn't be as pretty.
 

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the appeal of the vincent is the motor, the egli frame or the stock is nice but isn't worth the big bucks. All in all the chassis is probably the cheapest part of the project.

HD motors won't work because they are long stroke big bore engines. The Vincent is more of a short stroke motor...and besides it is ancient technology. It isn't the preformance people are after when they use these mills, it is the asthetic beauty and the sound which can't be reproduced using another motor as a base. for 1952 a 50+ hp motorcycle was a big deal...but now there are ninja 250s that make more than that.

I remember it cost approx $10,000 a set of cases to build billet H2 motors, for vincent owners this seems like more logical solution than for any other japanese bike, espically when you can make upgrades like modern 6 speed cartirdge gearboxs and not have it affect the asthetic.

To be honest, while the egli vincent is nice, for half the money I would rather have the ducati 750 and 900 SS replicas that use the Monster DS aircooled motors. Classic looks, raw power, reliability and new technology. can't beat it.
 

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his vincent looked new.......never laid down, orginal paint and chrome. probably worth a mint today. thats amazing that theyre getting THAT much for what isnt really THAT great of a motorcycle. they were great for their time but theres so many new bikes that cost a fraction of that. that said if i had the money i'd buy on in a heartbeat.

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his vincent looked new.......never laid down, orginal paint and chrome. probably worth a mint today. thats amazing that theyre getting THAT much for what isnt really THAT great of a motorcycle. they were great for their time but theres so many new bikes that cost a fraction of that. that said if i had the money i'd buy on in a heartbeat.

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his vincent looked new.......never laid down, orginal paint and chrome. probably worth a mint today. thats amazing that theyre getting THAT much for what isnt really THAT great of a motorcycle. they were great for their time but theres so many new bikes that cost a fraction of that. that said if i had the money i'd buy on in a heartbeat.

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
See it depends on what you mean by "that great" of a motorcycle. Historically I can't think of another brand (maybe indian and they get the same money) that was more important to motorcycle technology. The rest of the industry did not catch up to the performance or reliability of a vincent until the 1970s. And the Egli made his vincent and the rest of the industry didn't catch up to that until almost the 1980s. Technically it doesn't make sene that anybody should own vintage bikes because the new stuff is always better and cheaper, but we ride for the charm and expirence.

Think about it this way, you don;t see people riding other 1950s bikes regularly because they are unreliable and spares are rare. However vincents don't get ridden because they are too expensive. I remember car and drive doing an issue on high milage vechiles in the 1980s and the only motorcycle was a vincent rapide C with 150,000+ miles on it. That is something.
 

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his vincent looked new.......never laid down, orginal paint and chrome. probably worth a mint today. thats amazing that theyre getting THAT much for what isnt really THAT great of a motorcycle. they were great for their time but theres so many new bikes that cost a fraction of that. that said if i had the money i'd buy on in a heartbeat.

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
See it depends on what you mean by "that great" of a motorcycle. Historically I can't think of another brand (maybe indian and they get the same money) that was more important to motorcycle technology. The rest of the industry did not catch up to the performance or reliability of a vincent until the 1970s. And the Egli made his vincent and the rest of the industry didn't catch up to that until almost the 1980s. Technically it doesn't make sene that anybody should own vintage bikes because the new stuff is always better and cheaper, but we ride for the charm and expirence.

Think about it this way, you don;t see people riding other 1950s bikes regularly because they are unreliable and spares are rare. However vincents don't get ridden because they are too expensive. I remember car and drive doing an issue on high milage vechiles in the 1980s and the only motorcycle was a vincent rapide C with 150,000+ miles on it. That is something.
 

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dont get me wrong, in my opinion the black shadow is the most beautiful bike ever built, just that for reliability i can get the same from an old airhead beemer, for less money, but i'd still want a vincent over anything else.

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dont get me wrong, in my opinion the black shadow is the most beautiful bike ever built, just that for reliability i can get the same from an old airhead beemer, for less money, but i'd still want a vincent over anything else.

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The first bike I rode on the street was on my friend's Rapide with Lightning motor.
One day we ran with a corvette until he topped out. Walter showed him 3 fingers and shifted into 4th as he pulled away...and we were riding double. Of course that was 1962.

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The first bike I rode on the street was on my friend's Rapide with Lightning motor.
One day we ran with a corvette until he topped out. Walter showed him 3 fingers and shifted into 4th as he pulled away...and we were riding double. Of course that was 1962.

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Brough Superior is indeed a handsome bike. They seem to go for twice as much as Vincents (fucking collectors- ensuring that anyone who would actually ride one can't afford to). Once again, on eBay, never seen one actually sell. B-S owned a road where every bike was test run over 100 miles an hour, thus guaranteeing you'd bought a 100mph motorcycle, which actually meant something back in those days.



Edited by - judeyramone on May 24 2007 5:44:04 PM
 
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