I'm envious. Haven't ever been to IOM - always wanted to go in TT week. Your comments are are quite a coincidence. I am busy passing on my old Motor Cycle magazines to a bike dealer who keeps an assortment for his Saturday morning coffee crowd. Bikers gather there to socialise. Anyway, I started browsing through them and came across an article on the TT and it occurred to me that in the TA forums I have never read about the IOM being a destination for tours. I would have thought that it would be a must for guys living in the UK. Lots of lovely old bikes.No Alistair I did'nt get to ride the vincent don't think I dared to ask him!
Iv'e never ridden a vincent at any time, BUT I can tell you a tale about how I almost became mounted on one ----- it might have been 1973 at the Isle of Man TT, leaving ramsey which is twenty four miles round the course and going up towards the hairpin I came up behind a feller on one of those big vee twins when he realised I was behind him he cracked it open out of the hairpin sounded superb! then into the waterworks which is a double right hander trouble was he got the second bend wrong and anchored all on with that double drum front stopper that the big vin has ---- how I did'nt run into the back of him I don't know to this day but I was sure I was going to be sat on his bike any second!
Just another example I suppose of 1930s design and engineering being superior to 1970s stuff.
I did stay well clear of him for the rest of the course.
I have scanned the article and will try to attach it.
PS Nope, it asks me for a URL when I try to insert an image, so I am stuck. Pity, some of those old articles are interesting. Plenty of old road tests too.