The Vincati

Bill of Churchtown pops up again with a topic after my own heart:

Motorcycling has had a tradition of creating something unique from necessity or disaster.

The 60’s and 70’s saw the Triton, a Triumph motor in a Norton frame. This combination resulted in a superior handling machine with a reliable motor.

The 90’s saw young men taking wrecked Japanese sport bikes and converting them into Hooligan or Street Fighters by removing the broken bodywork, adding higher handlebars, and fabricating whatever components were needed. This was especially popular in the UK. The resurrected Triumph motorcycle company in Hinkley build it’s current reputation on the Speed Triple, a factory version of such a machine.

The Vincati is an especially rare creature as there are only 7 in the world. Six are in Australia and the seventh is in the United States. At its heart lies a Vincent engine, a motor renowned for power and reliability from a British company that failed in 1955. The chassis and other running gear is from a Ducati, an Italian marquis famed for superb handling and performance.

Several years ago ‘Big Sid’ Biberman, famed Vincent tuner, was a dying man with no will to live. Until his son suggested building a Vincati. And so they did.

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5 comments for “The Vincati

  1. JD
    November 24, 2010 at 22:48

    I wonder if Valentino Rossi would like a Vincent engine in his Ducati next year?

    The Vincent Black Lightning set a speed record of 156.58 mph at Bonneville in 1950. Another of history’s “what ifs”….. If they had continued as engine builders, who knows where it would have taken them.

  2. November 25, 2010 at 16:28

    Hey thanks for the nice write up.

    Dave Matson has piloted his heavily modified Vincent to speeds over 210mph (no fairing) and 225 (with partial streamlining) at Bonneville.

    Here is a clip of Dave running! The current modern Vincent is the one developed in Australia by Ken Horner.

    This bike won Daytona’s Battle of the Twins in 2009 –by 9 seconds. It is considered the fastest vintage motorcycle being campaigned today.

    Vincents and Ducatis attract people determined to do unusual things and Sid and I feel honored to have a place among that crowd.

  3. November 25, 2010 at 16:37

    That’s one hell of a beautiful bike. Dreaming on here.

  4. MadPiper
    November 26, 2010 at 15:16

    I had the pleasure of knowing Big Sid and chatting with him at his shop in Norfolk, VA. I always wanted a Vincent, but they were out of my $$ range.

  5. November 26, 2010 at 15:30

    I have to admit, at first I saw MB and Big Sid in spam and thought – what the … but then they seemed real and I’m glad it’s worked out that way. Those guys obviously love their bikes.

    I know Hallam, by the way. My aunty lived near there.

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