2007 Vincent Black Shadow First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Vincent Black Shadow

2007 Vincent Black First Ride

The 2007 Black Shadow is not a restoration. All are based on original factory drawings or precisely measured components.

Our cultural exchange with our motorcycling buddies at Motorcycle News continues as give us the scoop on the latest of the Vincent Black Shadow.

don’t do this Vincent Shadow justice. After staring at e-mailed pics of it for a long time, my conclusion was it immaculate; the biz. But now, in a in Kent, with its chromed and parts just inches my fingertips, my thoughts start ‘immaculate’ and end with ‘perfection’.

It matter which bit my eyes on, it’s ‘perfection’. This be how the 2200 worldwide members of the HRD Owners Club first got

From the gloss black of the engine cases to the chrome upright speedometer and all the parts torqued in place elsewhere, not a sign of ill-fitting tool or stains from years of and use — the usual traits of age and And there’s a very good for this: this Vincent is not a It is new — all new.

Every nipple, section of frame and are under 500 miles old. The of a slight fuel weep and tires are the only items to this is a runner. Oh, and there’s the registration plate.


And now my time to start it. Although in the precise technique, I admit forgotten it just after one of the two fuel taps on (it had already run to warm the engine) and debating to push the bar-mounted choke to fully on. Instead, I take up on the of help to start it.

One of the three carefully watching of the Vincent Owners Club takes over. It starts so that I’m truly by the experience and by a machine around years in design.

The burble and of moving parts aren’t by the healthy exhaust note. The of the bike on tickover accentuates the of a living, breathing piece of under this Vincent Excitement and nervousness roll one.

I haven’t felt way since my first ride on a 500 Prix bike, or Rossi’s I need a wee.

While the lever is in the ‘normal’ place, the and its shaft is in another world. My boot hovers above the lever as I struggle to remember the movement: one up and three down. gear goes home a shunt of metal somewhere that gear shaft in the engine cases.

It didn’t the extra blips of throttle and clutch to pull away. It be an old ‘un but the mechanicals are all there and in condition. The shift to second is as

But the front brake isn’t.

The Vincent Black Shadow an air-cooled 998cc 50-degree with a claimed output of

There’s little tension in the two brake cables down to the 7-inch front brake Cheap Chinese trail might have stronger brakes, but then they are half the weight of the Shadow. My foot has to work the two rear drums — an alien that results in my foot on the brake as I pull from a only to stall it. Bugger.

Time to put into practice forgotten preachings of starting a

Right peg lifted and kickstart out in record time, dab the kickstart compression is reached, pull the lever, dab the kickstarter again it just goes over let go of the de-compressor and stamp down on the like it was a slug on my lettuce It starts so easily.

Along around Brands Hatch, the shadow is as happy as I am. The upright needle ratchets its way round to 70 mph the occasional break in its ascent changing gear. Digital pah, all electrics and expense no character whatsoever.

Bloody it’s sunny and dry and I’m a bike with a bark of an note that is immediately as a slow-revving classic’s.

The damped forks and cantilever-mounted twin springs with separate chamber are surprisingly modern in They soak up most of the big and bumps but let you know when you hit or raised manholes. The freshly front brake is working at strength, or rather as much as my fingers can muster.

Not so much but rather deliberate gear (one of the VOC three wise men has I’ll hear rapid cog rather than feel keep the V-Twin motor on the but then I make a discovery makes my smile even The throttle tube has a longer than I thought, and the extra fully lift the remote plungers.

That extra rate of kicks off an even bigger It’s not a startling rate of but something like an old air-cooled Ducati lump would up on a good day. The sharper exhaust note bounces off and trees and I can hear myself and going.

At 80 mph there’s a strong through the bars and pegs of speed to come but mechanical rules today. That speedo tops out at 150 mph, was a sharp way of telling the world in its day the was the fastest bike in the world. But not my bike and the tires aren’t sports numbers — are based as close to the original as possible.

It’s funny how a of a skinny (3.5 x 19in) and Avon rear tire can pop up a series of bends approaching. tell you, we don’t we’re born today.

The speedo mirrors the Vincent’s charm. No need for digital, or LCD here.

Using the front makes the chassis dip while the stay the same length. If a a has to be drawn it would have to be over-engineered hub-steered GTS1000. A feeling but reassuring one at the same as the bike feels better to the road.

A little bit of modern day shift off the seat should see us these S-bends.

The Vincent it all in stride. Yes, the weight of the (227 kg / 500.5 lbs wet) is through the bars when left then right, not the age of its Only that the rear causes the stable handling to get — riding off the edge of the induces a weave which down as quickly as it started.

Spirited riding compounds the that the Black Shadow was the Ducati 1098 of its day, and understandable why it was the machine to have way then in the late ’40s even though its £350 $700 U.S.) price was on par a new house. I can also see why people get on wanting a Vincent in the garage even though we’d be anywhere between £25-30K more at auction) for a decent

As for this bike — a new machine, don’t forget there’s more to say. on.


Vincent Black Shadow

The Vincent-HRD Owners Club is a club dedicated to preserving the of the Vincent marque. Not only it run a very competent and successful consisting of archivists, engineers, machine registrar, boffins it also has ties with The VOC Company Ltd.

This company deals purely in for Vincent-HRD machines and, with the club, an idea was to build a complete bike to the quality of its spares and to see whether or not part was available. It also to be the next stage up from the club successfully built a new engine in 2004.

The model of the was decided — C-model 1949-54 — and the plans 2005 were put into in early 2006.

The allure of a Vincent Black Shadow its luster. Otherwise, why would the HRD Owners Club have an 2200 members worldwide?

The project wasn’t easy. most of the spares are common parts (not copies but to original dimensions and spec) to fit on chassis, a new machine meant a new upper frame member headstock and main spar also held the engine oil which the engine attaches/hangs and rear frame member subframe).

There was also the of producing the Girdraulic forks to the exacting standards — in the end the were machined from so are stronger than the originals you couldn’t tell them The building problems didn’t end

As the club’s information officer Adams says: Where we have the original factory drawings to make parts, we had to exactly original components and them as new drawings to the engineering we used. If these parts quantity ordered they’d be cheap, but the initial outlay be huge. In effect the parts we had are bespoke and that sort of costs money.


They were deigned by built by Brits and ridden by about everybody, and still The fact that it was fast for its handled as good as any 1970s bike and was full of technical says it all. I mean, other bikes do you know thumbwheels are used to adjust the so easily and T-bar-type QD wheel removal is standard?

Everything the bike is adjustable, that’s and external, it has left and right that adapt to be a front lift, and there’s a mainstand. rear damping and steering too. To top it off there’s a removable tool tray under the

To sum up the Vincent Black shadow: the


You This machine is unique therefore, desirable to the point big money could be involved. But as it belongs to the Vincent-HRD Owners it’s only fair the machine will end up in the hands of a member. All club members are to tender a sealed bid for the bike. The date for bids is August 31 year and the winning bid will be at the club’s annual dinner and Oct.

21, 2007. Even old hack is contemplating joining the

The VOC has no intention of producing a limited run of machines due to red tape (insurance, type approval. However, will be ‘approved constructors’ who uphold the stringent standards the VOC and these will be supplied to create a bike to customer

After Franklin remembered the starting sequence, he fired her up and her for a spin along the A-Roads Brands Hatch.

Vincent Shadow

Cost (est): ($49,900-$69,900 U.S.)


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