The need to diversify

The Firefly has to be considered a bicycle with an engine, rather than a lightweight motorcycle.

It’s tempting to think Philip Vincent was an impractical dreamer who bankrupted his company making prestige motorcycles that few could afford, but that would be grossly unfair.

For one thing he personally kept his business going longer than other well known names like Alfred Scott and James Norton were associated with their eponymous companies.

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And for another he was quite prepared to diversify from his expensive sports bikes when he saw an opportunity.

Read more in May’s issue of TCM
 

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