Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

Now that we have some parts back from the platers it’s possible to finally make a start on the assembly process. The top and bottom forks links were a good place to begin and so Bert took his time building them up. Since I acquired the bike in 2008 I’ve been on the lookout for …

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This component is of a special configuration to accommodate the Albion racing gearbox and thus unique to the Grey Flash. This modification was performed in antiquity but for what purpose we’re not sure.There is an argument that it was done for purposes of lightening though we think it may have been undertaken to enable easier …

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Now that we have ascertained the correct anodised finish on the fork legs, and have a reference point, we can compare other alloy parts, that we suspect to be anodised, to see whether they show signs of the same finish. If they do then we can be certain that they are original to the bike. …

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The Grey Flash features an extensively drilled and lightened headstock casting. The Works must have deemed this appearance a little unsightly so an alloy cover plate was devised to cover up the holes and provide a place for the mercury crest transfer. I’m convinced this is original to the bike; accurately constructing a similar part …

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Forks The Vincent Girdraulic fork legs are an instantly recognisable feature of later Vincent HRD motorcycles. The legs are handed but cleverly machined from a single forging. Some people say that they were produced for Vincent by the Bristol Aircraft Co. but I have read that this is not actually true. Anyway, the fork legs …

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