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The Vincent was not just any ordinary but a record breaking, ground legend in its own lifetime, The Vincent HRD 998 Shadow series being the famous.

In its day, the Vincent was the most exclusive and technologically motorcycle. The bike was the brainchild of enthusiasts and engineers Phillip and Phil Irving. They had a passion for quality and workmanship and wanted to offer the best.

succeeded in realizing their and visions with the advent of the Black Shadow.

Founders and visionaries Phillip Vincent and Irving pose by their machine. However, these two did not devise the bike from they bought into an existing design, the story of is published below.

During the World War, Howard Davies, a young British officer was shot down by the and taken into captivity. in captivity Davies dreamt of the best motorcycle in the world. Six after the end of the war in 1924, he teamed up an engineer called E. J. Massey and they began to construct the HRD motorcycle to Davies specifications.

Raymond Davies 1895 1973

Below is an immaculately Vincent Black Shadow HRD These bikes are today collectors machines and fetch a price. It was once said a Vincent was the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles. in ways. maybe it still is.

new motorcycles looked stylish and for the time and were powered by or J.A.P engines. J.A.P short for J. A. Prestwich Co, who were engine manufacturers at the time. The were advanced for their day and new features were employed set the standard for motorcycle manufacture the 1930’s and onwards.

Below is a used Vincent, these are maintained and ridden by enthusiasts the over. They stimulate whenever they are seen and are great conversation bikes by sees them.

It must be noted here, that in Howard Raymond Davies won the Of Man T.T (Tourist Trophy) on his own designed and set a new speed record of 66.13 Sadly Davies’s HRD company and his company closed in 1927.

is shown a well preserved Black Shadow 998 HRD, bikes are often sought and by collectors. especially in this

Whilst all of this was going on a man by the name of Philip Vincent was displaying great interest in an innovative new motorcycle. In 1928 Vincent left Cambridge this interest was realised he acquired the HRD trademark and stock for the sum of hundred pounds, he then set up in Herts, U.K.

The company logo was altered to the new ownership and Vincent HRD Co was born. The logo had a large ‘HRD’ a small ‘Vincent’ over the This remained until when The Vincent Company to look at America as a bigger and Harley-Davidson could create confusion with similar

HRD could look as if it was associated to HD or a Harley Davidson itself, so the were dropped just to the name ‘ The Vincent’ on a scroll as the logo.

Seven models of The Vincent were by 1934 and four of these used The Vincent made single cylinder engine. basic reliable and robust never changed in design, as say If it works don’t fix it Philip did however love to experiment different bike designs and new

Below is an old Black Shadow has seen a fair few miles of bike riding for its proud With a little TLC this could be restored to prestine

Phillip Vincent was a man of vision and was not to incorporate lots of new ideas his bikes. For six years between and 1934, over twenty new were introduced, this is three new designs every Another successful variant was the Comet, as seen below.

Of it is when you are out on the road that bikes come into own league, just get your down and open up that throttle. With good holding and great stability the Comet proved to be quite a adaptation of the Black Shadow.

The Comet was indeed quite amongst the already growing of Vincent enthusiasts and many were soon put in for the bike.

In an acclaimed engineer by the name of Irving joined Vincent as the Chief Engineer and by 1936 he had the first Vincent HRD Twin motorcycle by putting two 499cc together on one bike. This new was called The Vincent Series Rapide. and an exellent example of bike is seen below.

bike used the first suspended rear frame a triangular rear frame springing under the seat a that was used on all Vincent As usual for Vincent Motorcycles were many new design incorporated, including a foot four speed gearbox and a stand.

The fortyfive horse power V-Twin was an air cooled configuration had a top speed of 110 mph. In its day The Vincent was upon the same way as the Honda was admired just few years

Below is the plumbers nightmare as the was known, due to its complexity and great to detail of every working

Of course the 1954 Vincent Shadow HRD 998 also offered the unparalleled performance and with a big speedometer to remind you when you travelling at those rapid The milometer only shows one in the image below, perhaps is a restored bike, or a restored

Phil Irving left The Company to work at Velocette in where he developed a new seat configuration, but he returned in 1943 to a new bike to supersede the Series A which he did with the Series B

This was also a 998cc but any comparison the series A ended The series B Rapide was a totally new bike from the ground up. New concepts were employed with a frameless ‘monocoque’ All other companies motorcycle were bolted to a frame, not so The Vincent.

Below is shown the 1952 Vincent Series C

The robust oil tank had the front and suspension bolted directly to it. of this engineering wizardry was by the petrol tank. With no to hold the engine, it appeared as if the was now suspended in mid air with no visible of support.

This new bike The Vincent reputation to new heights, with innovations such as carburetors.

It was in 1944 that The dealerships started to emerge in the first in Philadelphia, owned by Aucott, then in Florida New Jersey, California, Texas and The dealerships liked the bikes, were big, powerful and the American idealistic dream. is the popular and fast 1950 Lightning.

The Vincent’s reputation before it when one such endured one hundred thousand of trouble free riding. early gearbox problems a few bikes did knock some of the off the image and these problems not fully resolved until when a new lightweight shifter was

Vincent motorcycles were but the bottom line was that likes problems, mud sticks and in two more years it would all be

Below is the very popular Vincent Black Shadow, the that set the standards that all Vincent’s would live up to as followed faithfully along every adaptation.

New developments still didn’t stop, as handlebar brake adjusters and adjusters for the controls, hydraulic and rear dampers, rear support frame that independent spring movement. The wheel also had independent away from the seat, a that is still being on bikes today.

The oil lines be completely disconnected without any of oil, this was due to a check Electrical wiring could be disconnected with no special and the accessible battery was secured by a hand-spun nut.

The buddy was also pioneered and for 1946 was quite a new idea, soon novel Vincent innovation help to completely replace the type seat as used on other bikes. Other innovations were the new type oil and filters that could be changed easily.

The renowned and famous motorcycle from Company, The Vincent HRD 998 Black first appeared in 1948 and was distinguished by the motorcycle fraternity by the black finish of the engine and that incidentally, had all internal highly polished and fine Sporting a big five inch Smith speedometer also its appearance.

This bike was very fast and could maintain a constant 100 mph with a top end of 125 Also in 1948 a full spec custom machine The Black Lightning appeared and won as a living legend almost away as the worlds fastest motorcycle, with a top speed of


It was on 13th, 1948, that a man by the of Rollie Free, smashed the motorcycle land speed previously held by Harley by riding a Vincent HRD 998 Black at 150.313 m.p.h. on the Bonneville Flats in Utah, U.S.A. A that was astonishing when you that the average bike of the had a top end of about 90 mph.

Below is a of the actual bike that the was broken on, stripped down to its essentials to save weight but being safe to ride.

To weight and drag Rollie had the front mudguard and headlight he didn’t stop there and he stripped down to his trunks! by only a shower cap and a pair of he lay flat over the bike to even more drag.

The photo that was taken of during his successful record attempt was soon called The suit bike photo and perhaps one of the most famous photos of the time.

Above we can see Free when he was on his way to breaking the land speed record on a The merits of the Vincent’s prowess strong right into the fifteen to twenty years the Vincent had ceased production!


In 1955 during an club dinner Philip announced that the company cease to continue with the of the bikes due to heavy financial and the fact that Vincent not compromise on the quality of their to bring the price down.

being said it was in December that the last superior Vincent motorcycle sadly off the production line. Philip promised that spares for the would always be available and parts are still made and all over the world by Harper

Several remaining engines from the … Vincent were installed into a modern design frame by businessman Fritz Egli and the were consequently called

Several Norton race also had a Vincent transplant and referred to as Norvins. These bikes were more a and didn’t catch on. There can be a compromise for the real thing.


Vincent Black Prince

Like the that rose from the the new 1000cc Vincent Black has resurrected the legendary motorcycle. Or only the dream of resurection is at so far the Vincent is still awaiting its

It was in 1994 that a business man by the of Bernard Li who with over years experience in the automotive acquired the Vincent trademark. He formed Vincent Motors is based in San Diego, California,

With the help of Roush four brand new prototype motorcycles were up and running by the New Honda Sports 1000cc The prototypes however have not yet made it into full Below is one of the dream machines, good but still not on the order

The new bikes are a clever mix of retro and styling principles, with fibre petrol tanks, fenders, stylish fairing, LCD USD forks. a canti-lever mono-shock suspension incorporating multi-adjustable and Brembo brakes.

A black tubular frame the engine in place and holds the oils as well. So the innovation Keeping with the legendary and thoroughbred heritage of the original Black Shadow motorbike, the new are designed to be state of the art. but they ever reach

The new features of the Vincent Black include a large tubular single shock chassis, 130 90° liquid cooled V-twin, forks, forged callipers, spoke forged alloy carbon fiber bodywork, and exquisite craftsmanship.

The Vincent apparently be styled in a manner reminiscent of its predecessors and in keeping traditional British livery.

The for one of these new Vincent bikes be around twenty thousand That’s quite cheap that Vincent chairman Li set up the company for a mere eighteen dollars.

The Vincent Black has become part of motorcycle noted for its strength, endurance and The new Vincent Black Shadow is up to and ready to take the worlds fraternity by storm.

The Vincent Club is the largest motorcycle in the world. Today these are the most sought after and classics the world has ever A fully restored lightning can one hundred and twentyfive thousand


The Egli-Vincent is now being by Patrick Godet Motorcycles. who is passionate about mechanics and more passionate about motorcycles, hand builds for retail amongst his exclusive

Frenchman Patrick Godet is a blue Vincent aficionado and one of the experts on this brand of Patrick actually bought his Vincent motorcycle. a V-Twin, being demobbed from service in the 1950’s. It was at this that Patrick also a Vincent Owners Club in France.

Below a modern day pulls a wheelie on a highly Egli-Vincent.

Patrick did all his own mechanics on the always servicing it and changing parts for new ones whenever he However, when he could not parts for his bike he ended up his own and any improvements were always to make the bike as best as Being so involved with motorcycles ensured that constantly met other big fans of the including the one and only Fritz

Below is shown Patrick on a Vincent Rapide with Because this bike was in France, the sidecar was mounted on the side as the French drive on the whilst the British on the left, the bike originated from.

Patricks overwhelming enthusiasm and for the Vincent went far and eventually he was to build Vincents with the name. Consequently, the Vincent he constructs are officially known as an

Below the classic lines of the needs no introduction, it screams biking at you as soon as you see it. Classic and are two words that go together well when considering one of bikes. This Vincent is in the of the old school Cafe Racers.

Godet motorcycles also a GT Sport version which is in style of the Vincent Black and Lightning. The GT Sport is shown and the unmistakable classic look has emulated to its finest degree.

If you are in purchasing one of these bikes, be prepared to part with the half of forty thousand They don’t come because they are definitely not These are thoroughbred machines, to the best engineering standards you can

For forty thousand dollars you get a replica or a part cannibalized from an original, instead you get a new machine, built with new authentic Vincent parts. motorcycle is in keeping with Vincent tradition in that have an overhead valve engine with four set with a wet multiplate clutch.

All the and excessive engineering that a Vincent what it is, the Rolls of motorcycles is once again down that road. It that the Vincent will … but will go from to strength as it has such a strong and following.

As a reminder, the worlds motorcycle club in the world is of course, The Vincent Owners and I think that says it The legend strives on and strives to on

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