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Vincent Black Shadow



Vincent Motorcycles an aura a cache to them is vastly out of proportion with production output. Vincent less than 11,000 total from the end of World War II their demise in 1955. amazing how much attention a Black Shadow, or a Vincent garners at motorcycle auctions shows, considering how few there are in the 11,000 Vincents from to 1955, or about 1,100 per year over 10 model

In comparison, at their peak, Motorcycles was building over Bonnevilles a month! Just Many more when you all the other models they Yet, Vincent Motorcycles do have an aura of greatness them, much like old command at car shows.

They made very many old either, yet they’re legendary, all the more sought after for rarity. And like Ferrari, Motorcycles had high performance “The world’s fastest motorcycle.”

1952 Vincent 499cc OHV single.


The Vincent story really in World War I, when young Royal Flying Corps Howard Raymond Davis is down taken prisoner by the in 1917. During his internment as a Davis is said to have a design for a motorcycle that he set trying to produce after the In 1924 he takes on EJ Massey as a together they form HRD initials) build several using JAP engines.

While HRD began winning at the racetrack, ran at a constant loss financially by they went into receivership. Ernest Humphries, of Motors bought it for the real that came with it factory space) sold off all the pieces, the HRD name, rights, materials.


Phil Vincent, whose was very wealthy with cattle, had built his own motorcycle in 1928 with a unique cantilever rear suspension (an version of monoshock). He wanted to go business producing them, but was it would be wise to start an established name. So, he purchased was left of HRD from Humphries for a 450 pounds!

The new company was named Vincent HRD Co. its trademark was the Vincent name in letters above the traditional HRD This remained only US imports grew after

It was deemed that the ‘HRD’-part confuse customers with the H-D of motorcycles, so in 1949 the HRD was dropped then on, they were all as “Vincents”.


saw the introduction of the first Vincent-HRD a JAP engine a Vincent cantilever They also used engines. However, a punishing racing season at the Isle of Man TT caused failures in these compelled Vincent Motorcycles to build their own engines.

In Phil Irving joined as Chief Engineer. He quickly set designing a new line of 500cc OHV for the 1934 Vincent Meteor. 1932 to 1936 the awkward 3-wheeler with a 293cc two-… engine was produced

Irving left Vincent in but returned again in 1943.


WWII saw Vincent making munitions marine not motorcycles. But they already had eye on the emerging US market after the In 1944, Eugene Aucott of PA was the first to become a Vincent dealer in the US. At this time, only engine was their OHV singe which powered the A Meteor.

All Vincents had a unique feature: the valves had 2 valve actuated by a forked rocker arm operated between the guides, as a way of sideward thrusts on the valves. engines produced 26 hp at 5300 rpm good for over 90 mph. they needed to expand not their product line but engine size.


How the legendary Vincent Rapide engine was concieved is certainly one of the tantalizing legends in all of Classic Motorcycle-dom. Phil Irving was at the drawing board one day with two of the 500cc single. As things got around, the top tracing roughly up with the bottom one (identical to the at such an angle as to look a V-twin.

With a little cajoling, he up the crankshaft centerlines the timing gears ended up with a degree V-twin. The single you was canted forward at 23.75 so this just duplicated angle to the rear. In doing so, the Series A Vincent Rapide was

The 994cc V-twin had 6.8:1 made 45 hp was good for 110 mph. stellar performance in 1936! The A (or first generation) engine was crude when compared later models, with its construction exterior oil lines. The transmission was also weak.

But the Rapide was still a stunning for the tiny Vincent-HRD Motorcycle Co. It had a lug frame with Vincent’s cantilever rear suspension a front end.

Check out incredible Vincent Black V-Twin Engine Cutaway. to you by the Vincent Motorcycle Owner’s Nice work, lads.

For a 8-picture tour of this thing, check out our page, Motorcycle Engine Pictures.

Vincent Rapide Series C.


It wasn’t updated after WWII with the B 1946 Vincent Rapide. Now the oil were all internal the separate cases were incorporated one major housing in a ‘unit-construction’ The V-angle went from degrees to 50 degrees many improvements were made.

The now became a stressed member of the a revolutionary concept at the time one not until the 1970s. The backbone the steering head carried the oil was to the top of the engine. The cantilever rear setup was bolted to the back.

SLS (Single Leading Shoe) were front rear the QD Detachable) rear wheel was with different sprockets on the 2 to give different gearing


Starting in Indian Motorcycles of the US became the for Vincent. Having changed during the war, the new owners of Motorcycles wanted out of the heavy business wanted to start bikes like the British twins. Their design was so they changed strategies the exclusive US distributors for several makes including AJS, Royal Enfield Norton

And now Vincent. It is rumored that an Chief was actually shipped to Stevenage factory in England to be with a Vincent Rapide with the idea of considering it for It never happened.


In the Series C was introduced with the Rapide line. The Series C from the Series B Vincents in they had ‘Girdraulic’ telescopic instead of the old girders. The engines, essentially unchanged, were to yield even more The Vincent Black Shadow had 54 hp at rpm was good for 125 mph, hence the “The World’s Fastest Motorcycle”.

Black Shadows are recognizable by their blacked-out


weren’t kidding when called themselves “The Fastest Production Motorcycle”, on September 13, 1948, it became At the Bonneville Salt Flats, “Rollie” Free took a Black Shadow on several speed runs but failed to the 150mph barrier. He determined the wind resistance of his clothing in a riding position was keeping him “The Big 150”.

So, he stripped to nothing but a Speedo swimsuit, a cap a pair of borrowed sneakers, his seat, lain prone on the fender proceeded to break all with a 2-way average of mph (241.905 km/h). Vincent built the world’s fastest of any type. The photo is probably the iconic photo in all of motorcycle-dom.

The bike is affectionately known as The Bike everyone knows what you’re talking


Most Motorcycles were black in days. Just 15 ‘White in, you guessed it, white were in 1952. Just 16 Vincent were sold in red in 1950. And 31 Grey Flashes were That’s it!

Everything else was


Series D was a name that Vincent actually assigned, but the developmental made with the 1954 year were significant to be referred to as such by the general Sales were slow in a effort to turn things Vincent came out with a (fully-enclosed) line of motorcycles. The Vincent Victor was a Victor with a full body. The Black Knight was a fully-enclosed

And the Vincent Black Prince was a enclosed Vincent Black . They weren’t well did nothing to turn ailing fortunes around.


ideas must have looking pretty good to at this time, as they their trike that back in 1930s. This instead of a weak JAP or Villiers engine, it would be powered by the Vincent Rapide V-twin was capable of speeds as high as 117 This crazy Vincent was configured like a small van had a car seat a steering wheel, but no or electric start! It too was a failure, on its second time around.

even stooped so low as to sign on as the for NSU mopeds in their quest to the flow of red ink. At first wasn’t going too well for They sold just 160 two-… NSU Foxes 40 98cc OHV models. But when they carrying the “NSU Quickly” in 1954, they promptly 20,000 of them the first

Things went so well NSU decided to pull their start importing them


By 1955, the losses piling up so high that Vincent announced that production would cease. But he that Vincent Motorcycle would always be available, and in they are, even all these years. Yet another to the solidity of the Vincent Motorcycle


After that, the focused on building industrial engines the Water Scooter, perhaps the first personal watercraft. really hit for them. They to secure a lucrative government to build engines for target planes, but this too fell

In 1959, the Vincent Motorcycle Co. into receivership.

1953 Black Shadow Series C. the last of the great Vincent


But, is the power of the Vincent name that the story doesn’t end Vincent V-twin engines to be dropped into other of frames, the most famous of being the Norvin, a Vincent in a Norton Featherbed frame. is the Egli-Vincent, of which about 100 produced from 1967 to by specialty frame builder Egli of Switzerland.

They to be produced today, both unauthorized. 2 other enterprises established to try to capitalize on the Vincent RTV Motorcycles had plans to build a of modern, state-of-the-art motorcycles on the mold with 1000cc V-twins.

They managed to just 4 bikes before belly-up in 1998. Lastly, Motors USA acquired the Vincent in 1994 by 1998 had spent developing a modern motorcycle “the Vincent look” a Vincent badge. It was to be powered by a RC-51 V-twin engine.

But things could really get for the San Diego-based company, founder Li was … in a motorcycle accident his with him.

But the Vincent lives on.

Vincent Motorcycles,

Series C: 1948-53

Series D: Black Prince,

The most famous of all Vincent w/54hp @ 5700 rpm stock. It the world speed record in at 150.313 mph. All Shadows blacked-out engines.

Series A:

Series B: 1946-48

Series C:

Series D: 1954-55 Black

The original Big Vincent V-twin. A was non-unit. Series B, C D were construction. Black Knight was the version of the Vincent Rapide.

OHV single

Series A Meteor,Comet,Comet Replica, 34-46

Series B Comet 1946-48

Series C Flash 1948

This was half of the V-twin. Built Vincent Motorcycles entire


54cc single


Built license from Miller in a attempt to turn things They also imported NSU during this era. seemed to work as Vincent slipped toward the abyss.


Cutaway Engine

Take an 8-picture, 360-degree Robin-tour of the legendary Vincent Shadow V-twin Engine. gorgeous display was presented at the Motorcycle Gathering by the Vincent Club. The quality detail of piece were mind-boggling.

A year-by-year breakdown of Vincent is coming soon. We’re content constantly. Thank you for patience.

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