An Egli evo­lu­tion

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Vin­cent stalwart Tony Perry has been busy in his Brisbane work­shop: Philippe Guy­ony’s mag­nif­i­cent book “Vin­cent Mo­tor­cy­cles. The Un­told Story since 1946” (be­low), was an in­spi­ra­tion to build an Egli Vin­cent racer. Of the nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions on Vin­cent mo­tor­cy­cles over the years, Guy­ony has nailed the need for a book de­voted en­tirely to Vin­cent spe­cials. My book was a present from a mate, and the ex­cel­lent pic­tures made it pos­si­ble to mea­sure an­gles and work out a scale for mak­ing the frame and tank. Of the four va­ri­eties of tanks used over the years, I be­lieve that the “droop tank” is the one that looks most “Egli”. This one came to­gether us­ing alu­minum and resin with the help of my mate Pete. The frame has a steer­ing head an­gle of 26 de­grees to al­low lighter steer­ing for the mod­ern wider tires used. The chas­sis was tri­alled at Lake­side in Au­gust 2018 with a bor­rowed motor, and handled ex­tremely well. A “big” 1,200cc motor has been cre­ated us­ing RTV cases and a lo­cally made (RB) top end kit. A mod­i­fied Nor­ton oil pump was fit­ted, RTV cams, and breath­ing through 1 1/2 inch GP carbs. Lots of help was given by Vin­cent “guru” Garth Robinson, Rodney Brown and Niel Videan, and paint by Dave Wed­ley.

It was a full year’s work.

The fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

In­side the tim­ing case.

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