One of the most expensive motorcycles to ever be sold at auction was a Vincent Black Lightning. It goes without saying that Vincent motorcycles are rather special. In my humble opinion, Vincent also created one of the best looking motorcycle engines ever made. So if you aren’t short of a few quid and want a classic motorcycle that’ll impress the pants off any knowledgable biker, a Vincent is the only way to go. François Guerin is the chef d’ atelier […]
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One of the crucial costly bikes to ever be offered at public sale was a Vincent Black Lightning. It goes with out saying that Vincent bikes are fairly particular. In my humble opinion, Vincent additionally created top-of-the-line trying bike engines ever made. So when you aren’t brief of some quid and desire a basic bike that’ll impress the pants off any knowledgable biker, a Vincent is the one method to go.
François Guerin is the chef d’ atelier (store foreman) at Godet Bikes within the northwest of France. Based by the late Patrick Godet, the corporate is a Vincent bike targeted restorer and builder. Godet is among the few remaining Vincent specialists and in consequence, obtain tasks from across the globe. As a part of their service providing Godet Bikes construct full engines, brake assemblies, and lots of replica elements. They’re additionally one of many few corporations to have acquired specific permission from Fritz Egli to breed his revered Vincent chassis design.
The 4 man workforce behind Godet consists of Julien Carton – a boilermaker/welder and elements designer, Jeremy Lebreton – an engine builder, Bruno Leroy – the mechanic and ‘take a look at pilot’ and François who together with operating issues is a CNC lathe programmer and operator, elements designer and electrical guru. Collectively they’re able to piecing collectively just about any Vincent undertaking you possibly can dream up and their spectacular portfolio is a testomony to the actual fact.
The Vincent ‘Gray Lightning’ is one in all Godet’s newest tasks. It was accomplished for a brand new buyer however constructing it has been a long run imaginative and prescient of the Godet workforce. The Gray Lightning is predicated on one other of the workshop’s previous tasks their aptly named 500 Gray Flash, a purpose-built basic race bike made for competing on the Isle of Man. In response to Godet that bike “mixed the the Aristocracy of the Vincent chassis with the efficiency of our engine.” With this undertaking, nonetheless, the specified end result was just a little completely different.
“Firstly of the undertaking, the shopper requested a Vincent Black Lightning duplicate. The Vincent Black Lightning is an excellent bike, however for lots of causes very exhausting to make use of on the street,” François explains. “Our dream for some years was to place a twin-engine into our Godet Gray Flash. That bike is a favorite on the store. So we had a whole lot of discussions with the shopper and at last, he allow us to do what we wished.”
So with the wheels set in movement, the Godet workforce set about creating their imaginative and prescient however in a road-going configuration.
The Godet Gray Lightning took round 3 months to finish. That’s a really brief turnaround for such an formidable undertaking, however as François explains, “they’d all been desirous about this bike for a number of years.” However in contrast to lots of the tasks we characteristic, it didn’t begin with a donor bike. As an alternative, this Vincent bike has been constructed fully from scratch utilizing parts that Godet Bikes design and construct in home.
The in depth undertaking included the construct of a 1330cc Vincent v-twin duplicate engine. It represents the one part of the undertaking that’ll you’ll discover on different Godet bikes. Most all the pieces else was constructed particularly for this undertaking making it one in all their most unusual builds to this point.
When it comes to efficiency, the Godet v-twin is not any slouch. “If we examine this bike to a Vincent Black Lightning, the efficiency shouldn’t be comparable,” says François. “Compared with a basic Vincent, this one has double the horsepower and possibly triple the braking energy.”
To take advantage of the 1330cc powerplant it incorporates a customized consumption and exhaust system. Every of the cavernous cylinders is fed by Mikuni TMR 40mm carbs that inhale by way of mesh-covered CNC’d velocity stacks. The swooping curves of the exhaust are formed from chrome steel they usually assist the bike to supply extra energy than any of the Egli Vincents that Godet has created to this point. To counter all that additional energy the Godet workforce paid particular consideration to how the bike would journey.
The chassis is all-new. It’s one other Godet speciality based mostly on an authentic Vincent body design. The revised design options enhancements Godet have developed throughout years of racing and is optimised for dealing with and driving consolation. As you’d count on the suspension can also be new. It was created as a homage to Vincent’s authentic configuration fairly than a straight trendy substitute.
The entrance finish utilises signature Vincent girdraulic forks. The geometry stays just like Vincents personal design however the Godet model advantages from their very own elements, trendy dampening and a Godet designed and constructed brake meeting.
“The thought was to have a strong and straightforward to make use of Vincent. We labored on the ergonomy of every half. The result’s that the bike may be very simple to journey and really environment friendly. We additionally wished a easy bike with a really gentle rear. That’s why you don’t see the battery and the regulator. They’re underneath the gasoline tank.”
To realize the specified look Godet designed and constructed many different distinctive parts for this undertaking. The in depth record features a set of customized handlebars, footrests, the gasoline tank and saddle and even the levers.
The crowning glory on this Vincent masterpiece is in fact the grey-blue paintwork. It’s an ideal match to Godet’s race bike and is bound to show loads of heads when it hits the road.
Godet Bikes supply a spread of base designs that may be ordered by clients together with a restaurant racer variant. They may also tackle bespoke builds like this for these searching for one thing fully completely different.
If my pockets had been deeper I’d be knocking on their door tomorrow!