Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

The title is self-explanatory so I’ll just annotate the photos. Running the throttle cable over the brake lever like that looks weird. In-period some were set up like this though and it’s actually the best route for the cable. We might revert to running it behind the lever later on – it can be changed …

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All Vincent racers were supplied with Axle bolts rather than the T-bar arrangement seen on the roadgoing models. This is quite an obscure component and falls into the “not a lot of people know that” category… This rare racing part is depicted in the Spare Parts List. 2751 was missing these important parts and they …

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Throughout its long racing career 2751 suffered many incidents that left their mark on the surviving original components. The magnesium gearbox casing bears “witness” marks from where primary chain slackness had been adjusted to the point where the casing was pushed up against the G50/2 pivot bearing plate. Once a new primary chain had been …

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Bert Carefully replicated the the tacho bracket from the E.M.G. Stevens/F. Griffin drawing held on file by the VOC. The Club has taken great pains to create a database of accurate drawings for every part employed in all Vincent HRD motorcycles and “The Drawings Project” is still, as far as I’m aware, an ongoing process. …

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Close examination of the handlebars revealed that they were bent on the timing side. The racing Doherty levers and throttle were exchanged with uncle Franco for genuine items that had been fitted to a Vincent from new. however, when the Amal twistgrip was offered up it wouldn’t slide home – this is when Bert realised …

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I’ll let the pics speak for themselves – with added comments. Here we are, 14 years after I acquired the bike… So much scheming, brain-storming, scouring for parts and information… So many lines of enquiry that ended in vain – but so much fortune and luck too! The realisation of many many years of hard …

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