Harris Vincent Gallery launches new website for ordering bikes and original memorabilia

We are proud to announce our newly completed website featuring information, photos, and videos about original Vincent HRD motorcycles! You can browse bikes for sale, vintage magazines and books, original british racing trophies, clothing, and other memorabilia as find out more info on how we restore and build Vincents. Herb Harris is one of the world’s leading experts on the history and mechanical details of these unique and rare british motorcycles developed by Phil Vincent from 1928 to 1955.

Visit our new Vincent HRD website at harrisvincentgallery.com.

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~ by harrisvincentgallery on May 17, 2011.

One Response to “Harris Vincent Gallery launches new website for ordering bikes and original memorabilia”

  1. I recently read the ULTIMATE MOTORCYCLING magazine cover article about the Montlhéry Vincent. It revived my 1947 dreams of owning a Vincent.

    No comments were made about the Amal TT carburetors without air filters, which would cause early engine wear due to dust inhalation.

    No comments were made about the sensitive action of the self-servo clutch as well.

    Neither were comments made on the basic design fault of the Vincent, namely the weakness of the built-up crankshaft and its unsplit roller-bearing big end connecting rods. Stalling or lugging the engine could knock the crankshaft out of line, requiring an expensive and elaborate engine dis-assembly and realigning of the crankshaft.

    Vincent’s Chief Engineer wanted to redesign the weak crankshaft to remedy this fault, but Mr. Vincent refused to let him do so.

    These faults eventually led to discouraging potential owners from coming into the Vincent market. Eventually Vincent changed its product line and discontinued this trendsetting marque.

    Other than these serious faults, the Vincent is a splendid motorcycle that was way ahead of its day in the 1940s, and is even ahead of many designs today.

    As a college student in the forties I had always dreamed of owning the machine, even though I could not afford its approximately $1,200 price back then.

    Of course today it is a collector’s item, still out of the financial reach of many.

    And today, it would be a prize to be owned and traded, rather than ridden in everyday use.

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