The Vincent is inspiring many riders, in a large majority, the owner’s motivation is to get as close to the real thing with a limited budget as a genuine Vincent become unaffordable for many, and for this reason we need to respect this approach. However as can see in this page, Billy Joel  contracted a bike builder to realize the Vinago. His motivation was different as billy explained, “My Rapide is a beautiful bike, but it’s old, and it’s valuable, and I’m a little bit worried about anything happening to it. What I like to do is take newer bikes with modern technology and make them look old; they’re safer and generally more reliable.” I am quite sure that there is going to be a bunch which will disagree with that ! 🙂

Philippe Guyony © 2013

The MUGEN MRV1000 will remain a prototype. The project had been contracted by the son of Soichiro Honda. The engine is strongly inspired by the Vincent, at least from outside  51.2 cv à 5000rpm and 8.1 mkg à 3000 rpm
The MUGEN MRV1000 will remain a prototype. The project had been contracted by the son of Soichiro Honda. The engine is strongly inspired by the Vincent, at least from outside
51.2 cv à 5000rpm and 8.1 mkg à 3000 rpm
I am sure that, at a glance, you would have caught and mistaken this one for a Norvin? com'on!
I am sure that, at a glance, you would have caught and mistaken this one for a Norvin? com’on!
Egli-Yamaha 500: This is likely a Egli replica. Fritz did 30 units based on Yamaha and Honda 600 between 1982 and 1985 but at that time the "Banana" tank was already an old story in Egli's production.
Egli-Yamaha 500: This is likely a Egli replica. Fritz did 30 units based on Yamaha and Honda 600 between 1982 and 1985 but at that time the “Banana” tank was already an old story in Egli’s production.
The tank says Yamaha, I am not an expert of this brand, it must be a 500 to 650 cc.
The tank says Yamaha, I am not an expert of this brand, it must be a 500 to 650 cc.
A first model based on the Yamaha Virago. The work on this bike is relatively basic.
A first model based on the Yamaha Virago. The work on this bike is relatively basic.
More interesting is the Vinago, that Billy Joel ask Greg Hageman of Doc's Chops to built it specially for him. The work done is really high level in terms of finishing.
More interesting is the Vinago, that Billy Joel ask Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops to built it specially for him. The work done is really high level in terms of finishing.
I unfortunately did not find better picture, so I boost it. Sorry for the pixels; I think this bike is even more interesting as is is closer to the original. Look at the tank and Feridax seat.
I unfortunately did not find better picture, so I boost it. Sorry for the pixels; I think this bike is even more interesting as is is closer to the original. Look at the tank and Feridax seat.
In the early 90s, a company called "Classified Motorcycle Co", marketed this kit to fit the 883 and 1200 Sporster from Harley Davidson including the Feridax seat.
In the early 90s, a company called “Classified Motorcycle Co”, marketed this kit to fit the 883 and 1200 Sporster from Harley Davidson including the Feridax seat.
The "Salt Lake Spitfire", based on the Harley Davidson 1200 Sporster
The “Salt Lake Spitfire”, based on the Harley Davidson 1200 Sporster
Another one on the Virago base. The tank says "The Variant"
Another one on the Virago base. The tank says “The Variant”

More pictures on: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544503762306474.1073741883.439034106186774&type=1&l=6b1b5e67b2

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3 thoughts

  1. There was a fellow with a Yam 920 based version who came by the Vincent area at the 2013 Barber Fest. it was pretty well done, but the poor devil had trouble starting it when he left.

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