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VINCENTS FOR SALE HRD VINCENTS FOR SALE
RAPIDE COMET BLACK SHADOW BLACK LIGHTNING GREY FLASH METEOR
BLACK PRINCE VICTOR
SALE -Vincent 1953 C Rapide - full mechanical and
cosmetic restoration in '02. VOC authenticated. Matching numbers.
137 miles on 5" clock since restoration. Sitting in
owner's family room since then.Maughan rebuilt and balanced
std bore Kemp pistons, new MKII cams, complete head rebuild, Alton
alternator, Neal Videan V3 clutch,
12v electronic PR22a ATD ignition, Dave Hills
centerstand, all new stainless everything including spokes,
correct chrome wheels (new in 2002), all black is
powdercoated, "new" correct Amal 276's, correct speedo
gearbox. Located in Northern California - San Jose area.
Owner wants responsible offer.
(Marc) for details.
Vincent C Rapide, non-matching, running and licensed in
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Mikunis, K&Ns, 21" front, 19" rear Borranis,
bar ends, centre stand, Shadow speedo, parts records, decals,
Mine since 1988, prior provenance checked to '70s.
for more photos and greater detail. Cheers,
Vincent motorcycle basketcase or complete bike, any model
Older motorcycle enthusiast is ready to buy and realize the dream
of working on and putting another Vincent back on the road.
1949 Rapide in Canada. It
has a bit of provenance, it runs fine and has all matching cases
and is registered with the VOC, who have sent me the paper on the
original manufacture dates, specs, and tests.
Originally built for Canadian Export, it was purchased by a
collector and stored
with a large collection until his death.
one picture shows it at an exhibition in England with a sign
an engine rebuild by a notable British Vincent expert. caMarch2015
Vincent Egli ,superb everywhere , only ~~1000kms as tuning
Engine all new parts 92 bore X 94 stroke = 1250cc , 5 speeds
Francois Grosset electric starter and electronic ignition,
36mm PHF Dellorto carbs.
Ceriani 35mm front forks, 230mm Fontana front brake.
Not an old period Fritz frame switz made. registred 1968.
-1949 Series C Black Shadow. Totally restored
to original, less than 500 miles ago.
Runs superbly. Non matching #s.
The bike is in Sweden, close to
More pictures available.
SOLD - 1947 HRD
Rapide Series B #335 - Restored in the UK
approx. 5 years ago. Ridden 3000 miles or less since.
Very stunning performance with 1116 cc, 10-1 pistons, mark I
Concentric carbs, KVF Magneto with manual advance.
Non matching #s.
Located in Florida USA.
- Vincent Marine engine,
a running example,
- 1952 Black Shadow touring. VIN#F10AB/1B/9643. The
Frame# is RC11543B/B and the engine number is
F10AB/1B/9643. purchased in 1951 by a USAF pilot who
took delivery at the factory and specified Touring fenders and
British handle bars with a lockable throttle. He owned/rode it
from 1951-2002 when he sold it to me (he was 82). The engine
was completely rebuilt in the late 80's and has been ridden 2,900
miles since. The speedometer and carbs were rebuilt with new
slides by Lund. It has a new V-3 clutch, ESA and tensioner blade.
The gas tank and fenders were stripped, repaired, enameled and
striped. "TreadDown" centrestand, KONI shocks front and
rear. system was replaced with an Alton 160 watt alt, 12volt
regulator/bulbs. horn was rebuilt "Taff the Horn" England. magneto
replaced with a BTH magneto. old Lucas magneto and 6 volt
generator working when removed and go with bike. Other than
repainting the tank and fenders, the rest of paint is original
including Girdraulic suspension and Vincent decal on steering
SOLD - 1950 Vincent Rapide Series C -
Nicely restored, numbers matching, cosmetics very good, top end
rebuilt ( bottom end excellent) plus new primary drive gear and
primary chain, magneto rebuilt, dynamo upgrade, starts hot or
cold easily, very strong engine,
smooth clutch and transmission, this is an excellent show
SOLD: VINCENT HRD Series "C" year 1949
,matching numbers ,
concours conditions ,
very low mileage, runs superbly.
Hills center stand fitted.
1949 Vincent Rapide, custom 1949 Vincent Rapide.
There is too much to list so please call me for more
details. This has been a personal project for over 20 years
and was recently completed in October 2011. The restoration
was done with great detail (every nut, bolt, or part is either
chromed, polished, or painted). ,-engine built by Tony Mauchan
& Sons in the UK,-engine enlarged to 1200CC, -custom oversized
muffs and sleeves, -custom J&E pistons (9.0:1 compression
ratio), -new front heads, ported, and custom intake manifolds,
-new 36mm Mikuni flat slide racing cauberators with spun alloy
intake horns, -custom hand made 1 3/4 stainless steel exhause
pipes with custom muffler, -custom hand made oil lines re-routed
beneath the engine, -Vincent Lightning cams, -ARB magneto ignition
with two plugs per cylinder, -Vincent Lightning brake plates
(magnesium), -Vincent Black Shadow brake drums, -Vincent Black
Shadow 5" speedometer, -solid brass pre-war handlebar levers,
-custom gas tank (approximately 2 gallons), -custom chain guard,
-custom leather seat, -custom fit front and rear fenders with
custom braces, -all stainless steel fasteners, -12 volt total loss
lighting system, -tool box in place of generator, Please contact
me if you are a serious buyer (questions or to see the bike in
person). Thanks, Frank
SOLD: Vincent Comet in excellent
condition. Original registration number matching UFM.
1950 motorcycle with 1952 engine. Fully reconditioned throughout.
Cylinder head completely reconditioned by Clever Trevor on Hayling
Island. New liner and rings by Simon Linford. Reconditioned ATD.
Starts easily. Vincent Owners Club dating certificate and original
doc copies from factory covering the frame and engine tests. Alloy
peacatcher rims with stainless spokes.
Dave Hills tread-down centre stand. Extra long original seat.
Extra long original footrest hangers - much more comfortable than
standard. Dynamo charges and lights/horn work. Taxed (free) to
04/14. No MOT needed.
Vincent Video - 'Chasing
Shadows'. The video is
available in NTSC / VHS format and costs $35 including shipping to
USA. At the moment we can only accept payment by personal checks (
in Dollars ). Mail checks to 'Grasshopper Films' at - 5B North
Street, THAME, Oxfordshire, OX9 3BH, UK. Please check out video
details at ( http://www.btinternet.com/~grasshopperfilms) other
formats available , PAL. E-Mail address
for info: email@example.com (Pip Whiteman)
* The Vincent motorcycling video "Chasing Shadows"
is a quiet, respectful documentary that has wonderful historic
footage and informative commentary. The on-board camera
successfully captures the sounds and exhiliration of motorcycle
riding, especially when you are accompanied by another Vincent.
The film will deepen your understanding and appreciation of Phil
Vincent , Phil Irving , and Vincent factory employees who brought
a dream to life.
New Vincent Parts: Coventry Spares Ltd. 15
Abbey Lane, Middleboro, MA, 02346. New Webpage:
508-946-1144. Out of state 1-800-451-5113. Owner- John
Healey. Credit cards accepted. Nice people ( John,
Tom, Sue) with good advice and free chocolate included with your
carefully packed order. Every single part is labeled with
your name, part number and date ...where other vendors send you a
mixed up box of unknown nuts and bolts and washers that you have
to try to identify. Fast US Service with an excellent
return policy. (updated
address) I've used these guys for over 40
years and still order from them First. Extensive inventory
of Vincent parts with the refreshing attitude the customer
is probably right. Coventry gets orders from all over the
world... there must be a very good reason. They now also carry Recoil
kits, BT-H mags and Alton alternators.
material Yahoo material
3270 and the Search for John Peart of Harrow
Reunion at Lake Arrowhead by Bill Hoddinott
Lightning #F10AB/1C/4439 and Black Lightning Data
Lightning Special Parts List (items, part
numbers, some photos)
Grey Flash Ad
1949( 394kfile - very large for detail)
Rapide Drawing(143k file)
at Night - Auger (129k)
Rapide Article with specs and photo (1951)
From Home (not motorcycle related...late
Vincent: The years after 1959. Historical note by Robin Vincent-Day.
Wright Interview by Bill Hoddinott
for Vincent motorcyles
Other recommended websites:
Good card to carry in your wallet:
Interesting website about
Coburn Benson, his shop and Grey Flash:
2 interesting videos about Sid Biberman and Bonneville....videos
developed by the TV show Cafe
Riding a Series "C"
Vincent Motorcycle Build/Date
information (VOC) (revised
3/25/07) (This link is curretnly not operating -
Vincent Owners Club Home Site
Motorcycle Links #1
Motorcycle Links #2
Amandaa water scooter video ad:
Irving's excellent article "The Vincent Motorcycle" .
Extensively covers the design considerations of the post-war
Forces of Twin Engines
Walt Lund Carb Restoration
Kizer's Magneto Information
(Engine Break-in Secrets)
Thompson's Writings on Vincents
Motorcycles - article by
Cooper car History:
Video/audio clip of Irving Vincent Racer
being air-started: http://www.irvingvincent.com/video/classic_racer.mpg
(Vincent Spares List)
(Various photos and videos of the Lambky
Vincent Streamliner, Burns & Wright Lightning, Dave Matson,
and other LSR Vincents)
How to read Spark Plugs by Gordon
The Story of the Black Shadow by Phil
Irving : http://www.vincent-hrd.co.uk/story.html
Video of David Jefferies riding flat out at
IOM with personal commentary. Great Fun. Be sure to go to Full
Screen. I can only watch it for a couple minutes before I
have to stop to breathe....
Recommended Vincent road test
The story of Crazy George
Disteel and his 19 Vincents as posted by Paul Zell.
There are a whole series of "On Any Sunday"
video sections on Youtube.com. Still magical 36
years later. Start with Bart, Malcolm and Steve at :
Vincent motorcycles in the Movies:
Story of the Vincent "Black Widow" ....
bogus but fun:
Richard Thompson's version of
Vincent Black Lightning:
Phil Davies sent in
instructions for using thevincent.com as your Home
Page or as your desktop Background !!
Steve Hamel's 153mph/100hp Bonneville
Vincent on the Dyno:
Interesting video of Jay Leno testing out
his Vincent Black Shadow:
Great solution to Speeding:
Interesting website for renting videos if
you really want to Learn a Skill.... welding, lathe
Burman BAP drawngs:
( Link to Max's Vincent Streamliner website )
Interesting photos and stories
about olde motorcycles.
Top Gear video: Race between a Steam
Train, an XK 120 and a Vincent Black Shadow.
Irving-Vincent Engine:Photos, history, and
infomation in Special
Max Lambky's world speed record website.
Information on USA Titles and Registration of antique/classic
vehicles - from Bruce Metcalf:
Vincent Rapide was stolen in England at the Vincent Owners Club annual
rally at Fordingbridge on August 6th. - Registration
number PVX 299, engine number F10 AB/1/2293, frame number
RC 4193, was first registered in 1950 although made in
1949. Be aware of any parts
offered for sale that may have come from this Vincent.
Vincent Poster: New poster has
text, over 30 photos of Vincents and engines from 1928 to 1955, a
blow-up of a late Twin engine and many other illustrations and
goodies packed into a large 27" x 39" inch artful poster available
in heavy paper for $10 or laminated for $20. (Really nice work... Recommended.) Please mention if you are a member of the
Jtan internet Vincent discussion group. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. or website: carlhungness.com
or Phone: 812-273-2472. USA
Book Review: "Flat Out ! The Rollie
Free Story" by Jerry Hatfield. I've talked with a number
of people about this 179 page 9" x 12" book and accompanying
oral history CD ...and everyone likes it, but no one has
finished it. I too plan to keep it next to my easy chair
this winter, close by the crackling fire, sampling various
stories and studying the excellent photos. It is not a
glance and toss fluff rehash of previously published
data. Hatfield has certainly reached deep into
archives and personal recollections revealing interesting new
insights into the man and the era. Work on the book
spanned over 27 years with the last five years dedicated to
intensive research and writing/compilation. The book
provides you with Rollie's background and the heroic efforts
leading up to the Great Event....at 7:53am on that fateful day
September 13, 1948.
The story telling is not limited to
Vincent motorcycles... indeed, there is extensive coverage of
Rollie making his early mark racing Indian
motorcycles. 46 years and 80 pages go by before
the first mention of a Vincent motorcycle. However, to
truly understand the role of the Spitfire airplane in the
Battle of Britain, you have to go back at least to the
Schneider Air Races of the 1930's. So it is with a man
in his bathing shorts and bath slippers balanced precariously
on the rear fender of a Vincent setting the American
Motorcycle Speed Record at Bonneville....you need to go back
to the beginnings. Phil Irving's autobiography gives you
historical perspective on the design, production and special
magic of the Vincent motorcycle. "Flat Out" gives you the
essence of the man/tuner/rider and further details of that
eventful day and the special machine. A serious book for
a serious reader...and Christmas and long winter nights are
fast approaching, just like that Vincent.
Sources for "Flat Out"
of Vincent Twin Engine Running This is really cool, but takes about 3 minutes to
download the 460KB file on 56K dial-up.. it's worth
it. Many thanks to Anders Forsberg ! (It's a WAV
file... be sure to throttle up the volume.)
Answer to e-mail questions
about the Black Lightning song:
The Richard Thompson Song about a '52
Vincent Black Lightning clearly conveys the passionate feelings
that are generated by beautiful women and powerful motorcycles.
Those of us who have experienced both admire Richard's ability
of communicating to others the stories of our wildest and
deepest loves. Richard carries us away on a vivid adventure in
song where others have been left standing at the curb. By
the end of his story we feel our tourguide on this enjoyable
journey has shown us that Red-haired women and Vincent Black
Lightnings can be both our salvation and our ruin. What is
powerful enough to carry us to the heavens can also crash us to
earth. His gift of the Black Lightning may not be a reward
for what she gave him, but rather a realization that he must
free himself from the steel bonds of both of his deepest
loves. Only then can he escape the forces that gave him
life and controlled his destiny.
For those of us who own a Vincent
motorcycle, nothing else comes remotely close to the feelings of
riding a quiet Dinosaur that suddenly transforms into a Fierce
Dragon that bellows fire and takes flight..except a loving
To listen to the song....paste and scroll
down and play. Compliments of Red Molly. (
Thoughts about Ebay:
Thanks for your note.. Yes, ads are thin
right now with people putting their spares on Evil Bay clawing
for absolutely the top dollar...although they may appropriately
end up with the parts gone and a bogus cashiers check or claims
of non-receipt of goods.. I don't link to or
generally even mention Evil Bay. When asked about Evil Bay, I
tell Vin owners to try to borrow some Vin parts from Ebay, ask
about their next Vincent social event, try to get help setting
up your timing chest, ask them a tech question about carbs, stop
over for a free beer and chat...ask to see their Vincent model
photo galleries and engine diagrams, let them help you with
identifying models, serial numbers and sources of parts,
call them up to share the excitement and joy of your first
Spring ride, ask them to drive out with a van to pick you and
your Vincent up when your magneto quits.....There is NOTHING at
Ebay but a @^%$&#* computer...
Well... you get the point... people may get
a fistful of dollars and certainly will get precious little
else. Then... and this is Classic... in a later
conversation they complain about the high price of some Vin
parts they really need. Bitten by their own
snake. I guess that's what they deserve. The
rest of us will post our Vincents and parts on
thevincent.com. and receive the rewards of lasting
friendships and an honest amount of money.
From my Oregon Vintage
Motorcycle Club Member Profile-
Favorite episode involving a
motorcycle: In 1972 an old Chinese man in Takoma Park, MD
asked me to look at this strange motorcycle in the cellar of the
house he inherited from his brother. It was a rough Velocette
Venom that had been sitting for years and was missing the
muffler. We worked for over an hour in the dim light
before I could finally kick the reluctant dragon to life.
It responded by filling the cellar with thick blue smoke,
flashes of light from the backfires, and roars from the open
exhaust. I’ll never forget his wide open eyes and the
dancing smile on his face. He was 9 again and it was the
Fourth of July. Also noted was the torrent of Chinese
shouts from his wife at the top of the stairs which were totally
ineffective at quenching our Celebration. To this day, the
key ingredients of vintage motorcycling still are - mystery,
frustration, sweat, loud noises, smoke, camaraderie,
celebration, and contentment.
"When conditions change and
market pressures ease, then considerations such as originality and
history must count. Condition can be bought by anybody who can
afford the best restoration. But nobody can recreate
originality. Once lost, its gone forever.” Great quote from
biker Roland Johansson.
A man can ride his Vincent
Motorcycle in the daytime and sleep under a city bridge at night
covered only by cardboard and his life will be rich and
The sensation of being
on a motorcycle embodies what we’re all seeking in
life. Freedom. Steven
At least we have Vincent motorcycles to spirit us away
from all that is worrisome in this troubled and divisive
world. Whether riding or taking apart or admiring in your
garage or just talking about with kindred friends... Phil Irving
left us a precious gift and that realization of his dream can lift
us to new heights....if we are willing. Without Irving, we
are left with smoking popcorn can 2 strokes and arrogant
unresponsive slugs of American iron.... or my son's death defying
nervous dragon from Japan. Sleep well knowing you ride a
durable rewarding steed that can be a comforting companion....yet
when called upon.. like a gallant charger... will win the day.
Vincent powered Cooper (please send in
performance info and any photos of Coopers..especially showing
Vincent engine.) History
Anyone owning a Vincent
should by law: 1) own a Bridgeport milling machine or know a
skilled mate with same; 2) have a basket case in progress so
friends can borrow emergency parts; 3) keep a well-stocked refrig
in the shop for drop-in visitors; 4) when asked to compare
Vincents to other motorcycles discusses pilot input and the
rewards of a WWII Spitfire and the dullness of throwaway
Chinese toaster ovens; and 5) live in a major city with an
active VOC section.
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loving support of his wonderful wife, Linda.
Craig leads the pack..
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Donated Commission Policy:
We do accept donations of Vincent parts or
money if you use the site and are successful in selling your
Vincent parts or motorcycle. The reason is that over the
years several successful sellers and buyers have sent me free
Vincent parts (our basket case is getting more complete !), one
person sent several nice pieces of original Vin literature which
they held onto when they sold their Vin through the website, and
one East Coast Vincent owner routinely sends me 5% on every item
he sells through the site ! Several of the above have asked
me to post this policy of "unsolicited commisions" as they believe
it to be fair to all concerned... and we certainly can use the
support. In return you receive No Special Favors but
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