Vincent Motorcycles was a British manufacturer of motorcycles in the United Kingdom from 1928 to 1955. Their Black Shadow is one of the best known high performance motorcycles of the 1950s. In 1955 the company discontinued motorcycle production due to heavy financial losses.
1950 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING CLASSIC RACING BRITISH MOTORCYCLE
THIS IS OUR 1950 ROAD LEGAL VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING CLASSIC BRITISH
MOTORCYLE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY 32 MADE THROUGHT THE WHOLE PRODUCTION.
PLEASE FIND THE OTHER VIDEO I MADE OF THIS CLASSIC. FILMED BY RUTHIE ON
27TH AUGUST 2009 ON THE DAY WE BOUGHT IT, FROM THE OWNERS SHOWN RIDING IT
GEOFF IS JUST THRILLED WITH HIS LATEST BOYS TOY. GEOFF CAN BE SEEN RIDING
IT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AT THE END OF THE VIDEO. IN THIS FILM YOU CAN
SEE MY 77 YEAR OLD MUM, WHO WAS AN ORIGINAL BIKER GIRL FROM THE 50S AND
60'S. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO ALBUM OF MY MUM JOAN, AND JUST A FEW OF THE
COUNTLESS BIKES SHE HAS OWNED.
Starting a `49 HRD Vincent Black Shadow
Giving my good friend, Rick who has a long time case of Vincent lust, a
first hand taste of how they work. It finally lights off for a trip around
Vincent Series C Rapide 1953 Vintage
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1939 Vincent HRD Series A Rapide - Jay Leno's Garage
1939 Vincent HRD Series A Rapide. According to legend, British flyboy
Howard Raymond Davies spent his captivity in a German prison camp dreaming
of building the perfect motorcycle. Less than ten years later, he started
building the HRD, setting the gold standard for motorcycles throughout the
decade of the 1930s.
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1939 Vincent HRD Series A Rapide - Jay Leno's Garage
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Vincent Black Shadow 1953 for sale
1953 Vincent Black Shadow , concourse condition, restoration By Dick Busby
and Haig Altounian, The need for speed. The worlds greatest Motorcycle of
all time. a side by side look at a legend and how they start and run. Just
for the record the wet spot under the bike is gas from tickling the carb,
it does not leak oil. I wish every biker could experience the wonder of
riding these bkes. They were so far ahead of their time and still will out
run many modern road bikes .
How to start a Vincent motorcycle
Starting procedures for a 1951 Vincent comet that is a recent restoration
from Big D Cycle, in Dallas, Texas. Check out or website and blog for more
cool old bikes.
Clymer Manuals 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Motorcycle HoAME Show Rapide Video
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Information about the Vincent Black Lightning on Wiki.org
The Vincent Black Lightning was a British motorcycle designed and built in
September 1948 at the Vincent works in Great North Road, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire UK between 1948 and 1952. At the time the Black Lightning was
the fastest production motorcycle in the world.
Vincent Motorcycles began motorcycle production in 1928 and were well
established after World War II when they launched the 1000 cc Black
Lightning. This was a production version of the Black Lightning which held
the world land speed record, with a similar engine specification.
Available to order, a 'standard' Black Lightning was supplied in racing
trim with magnesium alloy components, special racing tires on alloy rims,
'rear-set' foot controls, a solo seat and aluminum fenders. This reduced
the Lightning's weight to 380 lb (170 kg). The 998 cc twin cylinder, OHV,
air cooled, pushrod V-twin engine specifications were always based on
standard parts but upgraded with higher performance racing equipment. The
Black Lightning had racing, higher strength connecting rods, larger inlet
ports, polished rocker gear, steel idler gears, racing carburettors, a
manual-advance magneto and was available with compression ratios between
6.8:1 and 12.5:1. This resulted in 70 bhp (52 kW) and a top speed of 150
mph (240 km/h). Only 31 Black Lightnings were ever built before production
ended due to Vincent's financial problems in 1952.
On 13 September 1948, Rollie Free achieved the US national motorcycle speed
record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah riding the first Vincent Black
Lightning. During test runs Free reached average speeds of 148.6 mph (239.1
km/h). To reduce drag, Free stripped to his swimming shorts for the final
run, which he made lying flat with his legs stretched out and his head low,
guiding the Vincent by following a black stripe painted on the salt bed.
The stunt worked as Free covered the mile in 23.9 seconds, passing the 150
mph (240 km/h) barrier and on the return run he reached a record average
speed of 150.313 mph (241.905 km/h). This led to one of the famous
photographs in motorcycle history, known as the "bathing suit bike". The
AMA certified Free's record. Innovative features of the bike included the
first-ever Vincent rear shock absorber, the first Mk II racing cams and
horizontally mounted racing carburettors. In 1950, Rollie Free returned to
the Bonneville Salt Flats and broke his own record, averaging speeds of
156.58 mph (251.99 km/h) on the Vincent despite a high-speed crash during
those speed trials.
In the book (and film) "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S.
Thompson, Hunter expresses his fondness for the 1952 Vincent Black
Lightning as the finest motorcycle ever built.
1932 250 cc Bantam trike delivery van
1934 500 cc Meteor
1934 500 cc Comet
1934 500 cc Comet Special (TT replica)
1936 1000 cc Series-A Rapide
1946 1000 cc Series-B Rapide
1948 500 cc Series-C Meteor
1948 500 cc Series-C Comet
1948 500 cc Series-C Grey Flash
1948 1000 cc Series-C Rapide
1948 1000 cc Series-C Black Shadow
1948 1000 cc Series-C Black Lightning
1949 1000 cc Series-C White Shadow
1950 500 cc Series-C Red Comet
1953 45 cc Firefly (or Power Cycle)
1954 1000 cc "Series-D" Black Knight (Faired Rapide)
1954 1000 cc "Series-D" Black Prince (Faired Shadow)
1954 50 cc NSU Quickly
1955 1000 cc Three Wheeler
1955 123 cc NSU Fox
Also mentioned in the interview were record holders Russel Wright and
Robert "Bob" Burns.
Russell Wright set a 1954 New Zealand speed record of 140 mph (230 km/h) on
a Black Lightning at the Tram Road Speed Trials.
Bob Burns was known for building a streamliner body for a sidecar bike in
an attempt to make a world record speed run.
The two formed a partnership. Bob Burns would built the stream liner bodies
for Wright's motorcycle and Burns could used the Vincent Black Lightning
with a sidecar to set the speed record.
December 1954 Bob Burns went first and set a sidecar record of 157 mph 253
km/h. July 1955, Russell Wright set a world speed record of 185 mph 298
km/h on the Tram Road near Christchurch. Bob Burns upped his sidecar record
to 163.06 mph.
The Heart Of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Classic Antique
Motorcycle Show was held at the Kansas City Airline History Museum
http://www.airlinehistorymuseum.com at the Kansas City Downtown Airport.
Inside the huge hangar were two classic vintage antique passenger airplanes
planes: a Douglas DC-3 and a Martin 404. Right outside the hangar was a
1958 Super Constellation, or Super Connie.
Hopefully Gene will stop in KC and we can put this super nice ride On the
Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle
Clip from In Search of The Ultimate Two Wheel Classic TV show, Alan Masters
takes a Vincent Black Shadow out for a ride.