The November issue of Classic Bike has a strong Vincent theme, with three different takes on the famous Stevenage firm’s legacy. The enduring mystique of the marque is reflected in a test of modern-day Irving Vincents – Australian-built specials which have turned the Vincent V-twin concept into a giant-killer on track. Delving further into the past, there’s a revelation of how Vincent’s attempt to break a landmark speed record at Montlhéry fell short due to bad decisions. A test of a pair of Grey Flash replicas built by renowned specialist Patrick Godet rounds off the Vincent-themed features. Elsewhere in the magazine, there’s a collector who’s so crackers for Kawasakis he’s amassed 22 of them in a decade, a ride on the Venom special created by race ace Mick Grant in the search for his perfect Velocette, a report on Spain’s devil-may-care Bañeza street races and the Norton Owners Club’s big plans for the future. All that and the usual workshop tips and fixes, the trials and tribulations of staff-owned bikes, and an overview of the current trends in the market and auctions – in fact, something for everyone!
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