|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, 890 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. It was in fact possible to build a complete new 2007 Black Shadow from spare parts. Read more about that here. 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.
For those who dream about a classic machine, there was Godet Vincent. Patrick Godet made so called Egli Vincents with a finish and touch that was in a league of its own. He had 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 markets best shocks and chassis components. This ride is no less than a projectile in the hands of a compentent rider. Patrick died in November 2018. Hes activities have ceased, but his french website still seem to be there: https://www.godet-motorcycles.fr
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 ?