BIKE OF THE MONTH


November 2021 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong of Hollywood with their 1952 Vincent Comet 500

Make: Vincent
Model: Comet
Year: 1952
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 500 Single
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong
City: Hollywood

1968 Yamaha YAS1C

Congratulations to Eugene Garcin & Mary Wong of Hollywood for winning Bike of the Month with their 1952 Vincent Comet 500. They won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

This is the eighth time they have won Bike of the Month. Here's the run down:
April 2019 - 1936 Husqvarna 40SV
January 2018 - 1929 BMW R63
February 2017 - 1934 Cotton 500cc
July 2015 - 1968 BMW R69US
March 2014 - 1952 BMW R67/2
November 2012 - 1954 BMW R51/3
July 2012 - 1953 BMW R68


Eugene has always wanted to own a Vincent. Last weekend at another meet up at Woodley Park, he happened to talk to a Vincent owner from Carlsbad who had one for sale. The deal was done, and he picked up the bike today and brought it by just in time for our meet.

The Comet was Vincent's first model and over it's lifetime they had four variations. According to Eugene the model was introduced in 1935. The 1952 model was the third in the series and designated as Series C.

The Series C had a lot of advancements. The front end was a combination of a girder and hydraulics, and they called it Girdraulic. The front wheel has dual drum brakes, and both rims have permanently mounted wheel weight balancing systems.

The engine is a stressed member of the frame, and the rear end is a diamond shape with the shocks mounted on top near the seat. The bike also has a dry sump system so that the oil tank is up top with along side the gas tank.

Other interesting features are it's tire pump mounted under the tank, and it's three stands. Along with a main stand under the rear wheel the Comet has two side stands one on each side.

Thank you Eugene & Mary for bringing your Vincent out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our November Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1952 Vincent Comet 500
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