About the Author

Born in France in 1961, Philippe Guyony graduated in business from the universities of Valenciennes in the Nord-Pas de Calais (France), and Bloomington in Indiana (USA). Philippe now leads a marketing organisation in the American power generation industry. Motorcycles have been part of his life from one magic day in August 1971, when he became a passenger on his uncle’s BMW R60/2. Riding since 1978, he acquired his first Vincent in 1994. Philippe is a perfectionist in everything he does, so with his enthusiasm and passion for the subject of Vincent, it was only natural that he created a blog focused on the Egli-Vincent. His knowledge and experience of the brand, combined with extensive primary research, has culminated in this keystone book.



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All the content of this website is subject to copyright – Philippe Guyony © 2015

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Preface by Fritz Egli

With the preparation of this book, came numerous questions about my passion for the Vincent. How and why was I inspired to create a frame for that fantastic engine, details about my design choices, my successes in business, but also some failures such as my project to reproduce the Vincent engine in the 1970s. And, of course, the fact that many workshops have been manufacturing and selling unauthorized copies of my frames even today. In fact, dozens of questions and a lot of good memories, all wrapped up with intense feelings.

Everything started in 1953 when I met a Black Shadow for the first time while I was in the middle of my four-year apprenticeship as a precision mechanic in Zurich. I became the owner of this fabulous machine one and a half years later and fast forward, more than 60 years later, this Vincent is still my favorite bike utilizing the stock frame but with some improvements to the brakes and suspension

Today I ride it attached to a classic French Precision sidecar. I also recently upgraded my Shadow with a stunning Godet 1330cc engine delivering 98 horsepower. I cannot imagine a bike that could give me more pleasure considering I have had the privilege to build, ride and race many different dream motorcycles, all more attractive than the last. But this is the one. I started my riding experience with it and I will not separate from it for the rest of my life.

Fritz W. Egli

(Photo © Denis Boussard)

(Photo © Denis Boussard)

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