SCANDINAVIAN VINCENT CLUB
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The Scandinavian Vincent Club (SVC) was founded 1970. The purpose of the club is to promote the interest in HRD / Vincent, as well as forming contact between Vincent owners in Scandinavia. This is mainly done through the excellent magazine that is published twice a year (As of December 2016, there has been 90), as well as the annual meeting that takes place somewhere in Scandinavia. Apart from this, local meetings are regularly held by club members. The club has about 180 members from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany. Usually, there are about 60 visitors to our annual meetings. We often have guests that are not from Scandinavia. There are about 350 known Vincent machines in Scandinavia.

When the club was formed, it was difficult to get hold of spare parts. Believe it or not, but this was before the Internet, and most of us were bad at English. Therefore, the forming of the club enabled the maintaining of the engines. There have been many articles in our magazines with tips on how to maintain and adjust the bikes. The members of the club have also helped each other by trading parts and experiences. Member and founder of Scandinavian Vincent Club, Sören Skoog has since 1969 to his death 2010 traded new and old Vincent parts, and we owe it to him that so many machines today are up and running.

SVC is independent from the Vincent Owners Club, (VOC), but strives to maintain the best of relationships. There is a Scandinavian Section in VOC where Mr Neville Higgins is Section Organizer. VOC was formed 1948 and publishes its own magazine, MPH. The magazine, which usually contains about 70 pages, is published 12 times per year. Since the start, 816 magazines have been issued. Many Scandinavian Vincent owners are members in both the clubs.

VOC is the major owner in Vincent Spares Company, which produces and keeps in stock most Vincent parts at reasonable prices. Because of this, we Vincent owners can go on riding our jewels. Just about all parts can be bought newly manufactured to the original specification. When ordering, the parcel is shipped the same day, so under the condition that the postal network operates, we can have the ordered parts within 5-10 days. A large part of the value of the Vincents, both when it comes to usage as well as economically, lies in the possibility to use the machines. Also, the books, magazines and the nice club activities both in Scandinavia and in the rest of the world play an important role in keeping the interest alive.
The day all the bikes end up in museums or among collectors that aren't active in the community, the interest will diminish.
A properly maintained or renovated Vincent is very reliable and will cover great many miles. We have members in the club that have driven very, very long with their machines, among them Stuart Jenkinson who has covered no less than 1.150.000 km on the Black Prince that he bought new in 1955..
Read more about Stuart Jenkinson. A properly adjusted twin can without problem keep a cruising speed of 140 - 160 km/h without getting weak or overloaded.

Most machines are equipped with the well working Girdraulic front fork by the Vincent company. It dampens the uneven parts of the road in an excellent way and has a built in anti-dive. The rear springs can be considered wholly modern. Due to an extremely stable crankshaft and heavy balances, the engine is surprisingly free from vibrations and runs very smooth. The brakes were the most effective motorcycle brakes during the forties and fifties, but are not up to today's standards. Many solutions exist to solve this problem, some use newly manufactured shields, others use disc brakes. The VOC has developed a new 8-inch brake drum with a new shield that seems very promising.
Most bikes is/were equipped with a Lucas magneto. If this is maintained properly, it will serve for many miles without any problems. The Lucas magneto is much better than its reputation. What usually causes trouble is the generator. A worn 55W Miller often cannot power dipped headlights and rear light, and charge the battery at the same time. Those who can afford it replace the generator and charging relay with a newly made AC-generator (alternator) for about 455 £. This generator fit both twins and single cylinder bikes without modification. Those who, for various reasons, cannot start a large twin by kicking, can benefit from an electric starter motor that is now available.

The 500 model Comet or Meteor, has close to identical chassis to the 1000 model. The rear cylinder is replaced with a frame tie and the model is equipped with a Burman gearbox. The cruising speed for a Comet is usually 105 to 115 km/h. Apart from that, most cycle parts are the same. The Comet is an excellent bike for those who would like to enter into the Vincent world.

To discover that barn find that all veteran nuts dream about, will pretty much remain a dream when it comes to Vincents. Yet one can, of course, keep the dream alive. The Vincent machines have always been much sought after and are relatively more expensive than other motorcycles. To find a reasonably priced machine in England or the USA is today impossible.

To really prove that all spare parts are available for a Vincent 1000cc, some members of the VOC set out in 2007 to assemble a complete Vincent Black Shadow with newly manufactured parts! This machine was later auctioned out to VOC members. Read about this bike here:
www.realclassic.co.uk
How many other motorcycle brands can offer this kind of spare part range, some 60 years after ceasing production?
Link to information on the Spares Company.

For those who dream about a classic machine, there is Godet Vincent. Link to Patrick Godet. Patrick Godet makes so called Egli Vincents with a finish and touch that is in a league of its own. He has also developed the engine further. I have had the joy of testing one of those machines myself. It produced 99 hp on the rear wheel, weighed only 172 kg (without fuel, but with oil) and had a remarkably stiff frame with the market?s best shocks and chassis components. This ride is no less than a projectile in the hands of a compentent rider.

In Germany, Ernst Hegeler makes very nice parts. Link to Ernst?s website http://vinsparesgermany.com. Ernst with his wife Karin are frequent and appreciated guests at our Scandinavian meetings.

British Only Austria also have a lot for Vincent. Link to their website: www.vintage-motorcycle.com.

There is also a local Spare Parts Supplier here in Sweden. Åke Sjöqvist in Jönköping, phone +46-705-161342, bought all remaining stock from Sören Skoog?s store.

For those who are in a real hurry, there are so called Irving Vincents. Have a look a www.irvingvincent.com

From 1924 - 1949, the machines were called HRD after Howard Raymond Davies. In 1949, the machines were renamed Vincent after the American general agent had suggested so in order not to cause confusion with another motorcycle brand from Milwaukee, USA ?

What's NEW ?
Preview: Next years Meet Scandinavian Rally 2018
Local meet at Husqvarna Factory Museum Husqvarna Factory Museum
Text to the pictures translated into English The Meet in Vastervik
Scandinavian Rally 2017 T-shirts for sale T-shirts from the Meet in Vastervik
Scandinavian Rally 2017, pictures The Meet in Vastervik
David Bowen in Cöpenhagen & Stockholm David Bowen in Scandinavia
Invitation to the Scandinavian Rally 2017 Invitation to the 2017 Scandinavian Rally
Pictures from Club Meet 2016 Pictures from the 2016 Scandinavian Rally
Recommended small roads to Fleninge
fr. South
fr. North
Pictures from the meets 1976, 1979 & 1985 Pictures from Hassela 1979
Picture of the Month
Picture of the Month, October 2017
A new picture every month. Click the image to see the "Picture of the Month" and read about it.

It You have any nice pictures from a trip / episode with a Vincent or something that might astonish a Vincent enthusiast, You are welcome to send them to us!

Vincent of the Month
Vincent of the Month, October 2017
Here we intend to present a new tasty Vincent every month. Click the image to see a fullsize picture and read about the bike.

If You have any picture of a tasty Vincent that might create desire among Vincent lovers, please send it to us!

The Club Spirit
The best thinkers of the club have concluded the following:
Better a dirty Vincent on the road than 10 shining in museums.
(but well, better 10 in museum than all at the junk yard)
Riders of ohter british bikes use to complain that vibrations give them white fingers. Mine will almost only get black.....
Many state that their bike always start first kick. My bike always start at last kick......
It is grander to be halted by a flat tyre in Salzburg (or anywhere else, far from home), than to keep riding around so close to home that one could walk home to get his car and trailer.
Most experts state that You can expect 75% of the brake power at front wheel and 25% at the rear.
My bike have more like 20% at front wheel and 10% at the rear ..... (before that Norton junk was replaced).
There are great philosophers also outside of the club:

The second day back gave me a good opportunity to test my rain gear, it's perfectly water proof, the water gets in easily and never gets out. Next time I will try out side in.

Stéphane Membre on the way home...

A man can ride his Vincent motorcycle in the daytime and sleep under a city bridge at night covered only by a cardboard and his life will be rich and complete.

Unknown American philosopher

The Rider of ancient motorbikes is nearer to God than other mortals if only because he spends more time on his knees.

Eddie Saxton (MPH 2001)

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

Hunter S. Thompson

Heaven is a Vincent, a million miles of road, and all eternity to ride. Hell is the same scenario, but the bike won't start.

Vince Lonsdale (MPH 2011)