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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.

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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.
I have scanned the article and will try to attach it.
Cheers
Alistair
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.
 

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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.
I have scanned the article and will try to attach it.
Cheers
Alistair
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.
As you are not showing as subscribed you will have to use an outside host such as Flikr, imageshack or Photbucket then point the post to that sites url.
 

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IoM would be a great place for a group meet, loads of wee back roads and lanes to explore.
If you're going during TT time I think its best to go in race week, say tuesday on, its alot quiter, most of the nutters that come for Mad Sunday are away hame by then and there's no problem getting somewhere to camp.













its a great place, I've been over for the TT every year since '03 and have next year booked already. Plus there's no speed limit on the mountain road and during TT fortnight there's one way traffic on the mountain road too, a good chance to blow the cobwebs away.
YouTube - Honda Varadero IoM TT 2010 Mountain road
 

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Impressed with your video Trevor. You know your way around obviously. Thought that the one car was going to wipe you out when he moved right. Where was the cam mounted? On your chest?
 

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Hi Alistair, it's not only the TT you can go to. Try the Southern 100, absolutely brill. Massed start and a shortish lap. The main problem is the cost of getting there and if you want TT accommodation start looking now! Mad Sunday is a bit, well mad but there are lots of alternatives in the south of the island. Start saving now!
VINCENT'S! first year my lad went with me on his new steed (Suzy Bandit) he couldn't stay off the circuit. Anyway one evening when we were back in the digs for dinner he was most indignant at being 'blown away' by a guy in a tweed jacket, plus fours and brogue shoes who was riding 'a dirty great black thing' Yep you guessed it. He realised that going fast is not new.
 

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Hi Twist
Amazing performance out of those Vincents considering that they only put out 55 BHP. The IOM is a little far from Cape Town but one day before I die....
 

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Hi Alistair some good old pic's there, I have a stack of mags myself and one of my mates has the roof full! don't know where they will all end up eventually.
Its true what these lads are saying its a fantastic experience is the TT
I first went in 1972 last year that agostini raced there, think Iv'e been fifteen times now but up to 08 I had'nt been for 16 years and to see the difference in speed it just blew my mind.
Thing is there's got to be something good going on for me to be in the island cause its expensive to get there plus its not cheap when you are there they have a captive audience so to speak.
The TT has got the ultimate glamour and they are always trying to push up the outright lap record so in a way its got the most racing exitement, but if you like old bikes like I do its the manx GP in august you need to be there for, some of the racing is up there with the TT but whereas nearly all the visitors turn up on modern bikes and it all looks much of a sameness, at the manx you get everything modern and old right from the beggining of manifacturing really. I think its the sunday beggining race week they have a big meet down in castletown there is god knows what there I just walked around forever and drooled and drooled! -------- anyway time for this old fart to stop rambling!!

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Good tip Chris, the Manx seems to be the one to aim for. I remember the first 100 MPH lap in the fifties, much excitement. Bob McIntyre I think.
 
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