Swen Bregy, the owner of Swenchoppers Kustom Bike in Switzerland, has completed the restoration of his Egli-Vincent in 2013. A project that lasted 3 years, but Swen admits respectfully, that to convince Fritz Egli to sell him the bike was not the easiest task, at it took about 4 years prior to start the work!
This bike is an original Swiss Egli, not a Café Racer that are yet quite rare, but a former racing bike built in 1970 for the Switzerland Hill Climb championship and some races in continental Europe and England between 1971 and 1973. The pilots were Fritz Peier and Florian Bürki, Egli’s official pilots at that period of time. After the last season, like many racing bikes, it was disassembled and stored on the shelves in Fritz’s workshop.
Finally after 4 years of constant effort, Fritz likely assessed that Swen earned his stripes and the basket case left Egli’s workshop to Swenchopper for more than a restoration, as the idea was to transform this former racer into a flawless Café Racer. If you are yet to be convinced it requires more work, think about the details which make the difference, all the road compliance equipment, the battery, the hidden electric, the side-stand, the starter, etc…
For many, the Egli-Vincent is the bike of a lifetime; it took seven years for Swen to get to that point and although his job is to build custom bikes every day, this is exactly how he feel. Proud to have brought this basket case to life and ride it every week. So let’s have a look, whatever appreciative or simply curious you are, I am sure you are going to enjoy this masterpiece.
Philippe Guyony © 2014
Special thanks to Swen Bregi from Swenchoppers Kustom Bikes, who provided all these materials and to who I had the pleasure to communicate with.