Vincent Motorcycles kick start&run

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.

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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 the block.

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Don reviews the iconic 1950's Vincent motorcycle. In its day it was advertised as the fastest standard road bike and was perhaps the super-bike of that period. It was successful in sprints, hillclimbs and achieved world speed records. With tuning and running on dope it could reach speeds in excess of 200mph. Manufactured in Stevenage, the engineers used some exceptional components which included a rear cantilever mono shock suspension, twin brakes in both wheels and incorporated the engine as part of the frame - in many ways it was ahead of it time. Out on the road, Don enthuses about its performance and likens it to a modern machine. He explains, the power will effortlessly pull you up from low revs to 100mph. He feels its a majestic ride and you get a sense that this is one of the best bikes ever made. A truly iconic bike in the history of motorcycling.