Big Sid’s Vincati, as you might guess, is the marriage of a Ducati 750 GT frame with a Vincent V-Twin. We mentioned it on The Kneeslider a while back after it appeared in a couple of magazine articles. Not very many have ever been built and all but this one, were assembled in Australia. They have the reputation of being a very nice bike, better handling than the original Vincents with more power than the original Ducatis. Of course, Vincent engines just look so good, it’s reason enough to find another nice place to put one.
Big Sid Biberman has been known over the years as one of the premier Vincent tuners in this country. When he had a heart attack and lost the will to live, his son, Matthew, needed something to rekindle the spark. While in the hospital, Matthew promised his Dad they would, together, build a Vincati. This book is the story of their multi year quest to build the bike and rebuild their difficult relationship. There’s also an interesting back story throughout the book that highlights how small and close knit the Vincent community really is.
The book, just recently published, is an easy read, not technical at all and a reminder that life’s challenges can lead to impressive results when faced head on.
UPDATE: The Vincati will be at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this year. So if you want to see it up close, it’s one more reason to be there.
Link: Big Sid’s Vincati