Ken Horner, a successful sidecar racer of the 70s with a 1300 Vincent engine started the KHE (K.H Equipment) company in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. In 1971, Ken met Phil Irving.
Although Phil Irving passed on 1992, and he actually never knew about the project, the brothers took inspiration for the great man and particularly about an incident when Phil mentioned about Vincent heads and started working on it for themselves.
In 2003, Irving Vincent made its first appearance in Phillip Island, a model entirely manufactured by K.H. Equipment. The engines were based on the original design with only increase in the capacity and named it Irving Vincent. Ken explains “We didn’t want to call them Vincents because of having to pay royalties to the Holder family, who own the Vincent name, if we did. So we decided instead to call them Irving Vincents, to underline Phil’s contribution to the marque, for which he never got due recognition. We got approval for doing that from his widow, Edith, before registering the name.”
Well, the response to the project has been so overwhelming that Ken and Barry decided to start a limited production of 10 bikes a year. But they are neither promising anything nor taking any orders as they want their time to rebuild this machine and they work with passion!
The bike photographed here with the rider is the 4th of the series which is a 1,295cc version with a 50-degree V-twin, high-cam, overhead-valve Vincent dry-sump engine. The starter motor and alternator are sourced from Nippon Denso. The plain-bearing crank and Carrillo rods are made in EN26 steel, with Nikasil-bore cylinders housing JE pistons running a 14:1 compression. The cylinder heads have been designed by Ken Horner himself.
This engine is installed in a chrome-molybdenum replica of a period Vincent spine frame. A set of 38mm Ceriani forks — fitted with Kawasaki motocross dampers and Ohlins springs controls the steering with a 52/48 percent distribution and weighs 407 pound (dry)
Rear suspension consist of a fully-adjustable Ohlins monoshock fitted to a traditional Vincent cantilever swingarm with disc brakes all around with twin-piston Grimeca calipers.
Read about the test ride which was found to be magnificent on the Motorcycle Classics feature.
Yours for AUD$100,000. Yes, its not cheap, nor is it just a bike or for the matter just a collector's item. Its VINCENT, the name is enough for that price. Visit the official IRVING VINCENT website for more information and pics.