The Myth of Vincent Motorcycles' Black Lightning | Robb Report

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    The bikes created by British manufacturer Vincent Motorcycles are some of the most sought-after collector motorcycles in the world, and the Black Lightning occupies the top rung of this hierarchy. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when it came out, it was the fastest production motorcycle in the world, even beating out the fastest production car of the day, the Jaguar XK120.

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    The bike had several owners, but it was in the possession of Australian motorcycle shop proprietor and racer Jack Ehret for the longest period-47 years. During that time, it smashed the Australian Land Speed record, hitting an average of 141.5 mph, and participated in numerous races. One of the most compelling things about the bike is that it is an original, which is exceedingly rare because of the beating they usually take on the track-a legacy that is still evidenced by the wear and tear that is still visible on the bike.

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Jimbo
Jimbo

Gone back to where it belongs. Great ending.

Vor 12 Tage
Macca
Macca

Thought I knew of all the Vincent models, recently come across this one 'VINCENT WHITE SHADOW' https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/1951-vincent-white-shadow Only 15 off made!!!!. My Bucket list grows LOL

Vor 3 Monate
Steven Wiederholt
Steven Wiederholt

"Now I'm twenty-one years, I might make twenty-two And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you And if fate should break my stride Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

Vor 4 Monate
dave h
dave h

800 grand for a vincent...My old mans been around bikes since he was a kid,was an original rocker, and says back then in the 60/early70s you couldnt give them away. If you turned up on one and all your mates were on bonnies/tritons etc, be a bit like turning up at a performance bike rally today on a cb 250n

Vor 4 Monate
George Huffert
George Huffert

They never talk about why it was so fast and why others didn't follow the design. This bike is on my list if I ever hit it big

Vor 5 Monate
Ming On Mongo
Ming On Mongo

The power of myth and good marketing. Oh, and limited availability.

Vor 7 Monate
dan conlan
dan conlan

black lightning is an epic bike. but the top rung belongs to Crocker . 1939 big tank is the bike of my choice

Vor 7 Monate
Brian. Deller
Brian. Deller

I bought a 1952 Rapide in very good condition in 1962 as my wife was pregnant and I loved riding bikes and did not want another car so the Rapide was to fited to a sidecar to, a Swallow Flight, sports fibreglass single-seater. The purchase cost of the Vincent was Pds 100. I kept it 27 years and only stupidly sold it to finance my divorce in 1987. I did hundreds of thousands of miles a year on it and in those days of no speed limits in the U K, I regularly shocked even sports car (E-Types etc) drivers as they could not stay with me on the corners or even the short straights. Its checked top speed was 105 mph. When the third sprog came I was forced to buy another car and so put it back into solo bike mode. Now 82 years of age it is great to have the fond memories.

Vor 7 Monate
Hi there
Hi there

WHY do people put annoying music in a video and then have someone talking that can't be heard very well?

Vor 7 Monate
Mervin Victa
Mervin Victa

A friend of mine had a bike accident and couldn't ride anymore but still had his Vincent Black Shadow. A few of us had classic bikes and he trusted us so we were asked by him occasionally to take the Vincent for a ride. It was truly an honour to ride such an incredible machine. I was 20 back then. Great that it came back to Australia.

Vor 7 Monate
Barrie Hellon-Warwick
Barrie Hellon-Warwick

It was right to go to Australia...

Vor 7 Monate
albert larroca
albert larroca

Just done only 23, according record of the VOC, and not 33,one of those was in Argentina ,in posession by the race speed South American champion Angiono, carbs are 32 mm,TT.Gears are diferent, Clutch are strong and wide.Manifold was only made for The Lightning in thick alu. Magneto also are special. I search a legend and i found in South America, and i got it. Regards from Berlin , Germany.

Vor 7 Monate
allansbullet
allansbullet

The Black Lightning held the title of the World's Fastest PRODUCTION Motorcycle for 35 years, at 150 miles per hour. It was only beaten in 1985 by the Honda VF1000R.

Vor 7 Monate
jason ull
jason ull

About 10 years ago on the Western bypass in Edinbugh I seen one of the red Vincents riding down the road

Vor 8 Monate
jason ull
jason ull

I can remeber reading about a Black lightning doing 189 mph back in the 50s can anyone confirm if this is true?

Vor 8 Monate
sean walker
sean walker

Finally, someone uses the word Myth correctly!

Vor 8 Monate
Peter Renn
Peter Renn

Reasons to be cheerful: Cheddar Cheese and Pickle...A Vincent Motorsickle...

Vor 8 Monate
drewby613
drewby613

Can't believe they made this video without playing a clip of Richard Thompson's iconic "Black Vincent" song, one of his most famous. A snippet: "Says James to Red Molly, 'My hat's off to you/ It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.'" The title of the song is, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0kJdrfzjAg

Vor 8 Monate
Malcolm Holt
Malcolm Holt

Any body heard of George brown and Nevil Higgins nsa Vincent sprinters

Vor 8 Monate
Ian Mangham
Ian Mangham

Heard of stormy Mangham

Vor 7 Monate
Uss JimmyCarter
Uss JimmyCarter

Richard Thompson "That's a Vincent Black Lightning 1952"... One of my favorite songs of all times being a rider!

Vor 8 Monate
Jerry Horn
Jerry Horn

As well! It belongs HOME!!!!!!!

Vor 8 Monate
Willard Brown
Willard Brown

worth it.

Vor 8 Monate
Jean Decrusis
Jean Decrusis

Imagine, what kind and how many, cafe racer projects you can build for $500k.

Vor 8 Monate
SuperGymee
SuperGymee

My first Bike was a 1951 Vincent H.R.D. had a Magneto.

Vor 8 Monate
Brian. Deller
Brian. Deller

The Series "D" s were fitted with Coil ignition to try and get the retail prices down. Magnetos eventually for all bikes became very difficult and expensive to overhaul.

Vor 8 Monate
Edwin Dude
Edwin Dude

Crazy money.

Vor 8 Monate
Ade Ryan
Ade Ryan

Money can't buy poverty.

Vor 8 Monate
Terrie Cotham
Terrie Cotham

its so amazing what people can and will do in history some fly across the Atlantic alone for the first time ever and others explore new lands and risk life and lim like protesters fighting for a better world for those to come and others give art to the world in painting . music or machines Some build machines well before their time and make history for machines of this era able to reach those speeds time and time prove just how much work was put into them and is a true work of art for any one luck to own one in its prime and even more lucky to own one in todays world. Thanks for posting and the history on the men and those amazing machines

Vor 8 Monate
Thomas Wilson
Thomas Wilson

140 mph on them skinny wee tyres oh they were brave men in those day's , aye .

Vor 8 Monate
Terrie Cotham
Terrie Cotham

so true words well said for life at that time was so much up in your face as they say most people had respect and making a name for your self like speed records was the dream some were rich and some were dirt poor and yet all had respect for those willing to risk life and lim your words are sold gold for they were truly brave and still to day we have people willing to do the same

Vor 8 Monate
Brian Cabral
Brian Cabral

I bet Vincent had a Price😂😂😂

Vor 8 Monate
a man of many parts
a man of many parts

A bike should be ridden; a car should be driven; a steam loco should be taken down the tracks. I detest shelf queens. I own several steam models that have never been fired ... *yet!* In a day or several, when I'm feeling better, they'll be taken out into my workshop and run for all to see on my channel.

Vor 8 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

Helluva Cool Bike...Helluva Cool Story...Somewhere, Jack Ehret ls Smiling... ;-)

Vor 8 Monate
Paul Hunt
Paul Hunt

Myth? Misnomer! They mean 'Mystique'.

Vor 8 Monate
Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Quite. That or legend.

Vor 8 Monate
Aaron Feldman
Aaron Feldman

I'm glad that in the end it is returning to Australia. It's part of that nation's history and should be on display there.

Vor 8 Monate
Retrobiker subsonic
Retrobiker subsonic

This is what's sad about bikes , they are not trinkets , there for getting off down the road, just saying .

Vor 8 Monate
Bignose Harry
Bignose Harry

@Ellef Tollefson You da man, Bro ! Thanks for all your rugged enjoyment. Children today, hurt their thumbs on computer games...that is the systems intention. Killing Man. One generation at a time. It is working. Now a world wide fake virus "PAN"-dem-"IC" = "PANIC". (No Coincidence) Pathetic ! Thank You for Your Comment.

Vor 8 Monate
Ellef Tollefson
Ellef Tollefson

I totally agree. I have never had a driveway , or a garage "Queen". All of mine have been in continuous motion. I treated my Nortons, Triumphs and BSAs just the same way I treat my much more modern BMW . I'll be 69 next month and still do a 100 mile a day round trip to work every working day of the year. I still don't drive a car. I probably have less than 6 hours a year behind the wheel of a car for any given year.

Vor 8 Monate
David Schmidt
David Schmidt

The closest I ever came to a Vincent was the song by a Brit folk singer Richard Thompson (I think his name was) called "Vincent Black Lightning". But the song was moving and imparted just enough of the mystique of these machines to always stick in my mind. Now I finally got the story. Thanks to all who made this vid, and thanks for sharing. Great vid. And Sophie, just be glad there's guys with money enough to get and preserve these pieces of History. I think you're judging folks you don't know a mite harshly. To the new Aussie owner, I prefer to say "Good on ya, mate! Take care of the old boy and keep 'im safe!"

Vor 8 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

I remember that great song...Haven't Heard lt on L.A. Radio ln Years... Ryan Seacrest Ruined L.A. Radio... Prick!!!

Vor 8 Monate
Keith Mills
Keith Mills

@David Schmidt There’s also a bluegrass version of that Richard Thompson song, done by Del McCoury. You can find it on YouTube. The lyrics are changed slightly to move the story from England to the US—Boxhill becomes Knoxville, for example.

Vor 8 Monate
Nick Bowles
Nick Bowles

So, what is the myth?

Vor 8 Monate
Essential Importing
Essential Importing

more like a story, maybe they don't know what myth means

Vor 8 Monate
allansbullet
allansbullet

On a long straight road called Tram Road just on the Northern outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand where I live, there is a memorial plaque to a man named Russell Wright. On Tram Road, he rode a 1000cc Vincent (doesn't say the model, possibly a Black Shadow) to a WORLD Land Speed Record in 1955. The speed?? 185 miles per hour!! And then they set a new World Record for a sidecar as well. The speed?? 162 miles per hour - IMAGINE being the guy on the sidecar at that speed!! Scared shitless would be the word!! My next door neighbor Terry Moyse here in Christchurch, who is in his 80's, said they then took the motor and gearbox out of that bike and put it into a speedway sidecar bike!! Terry was the swinger on the speedway sidecar in the late 1950's!! He still holds a competition race licence for cars - in his 80's!!

Vor 8 Monate
Al Brase
Al Brase

Pretty sure the Burns and Wright Lightning used two identical cylinder heads, which made for a pretty strange intake horn. I was under the impression that this Lightning ended up in America. Later fitted with a streamline body Wright took it to Bonneville in 1956. He was not successful in getting the LSR and blew up the motor. It languished in a shop in Indiana for several years and later a young guy from Iowa drove over and bought it. After 30 years, he got it running and sold it. $25k seemed like a lot of money at the time. (My thought was that it's the one thing you never sell!) He was local to me. I never saw the bike together , but saw some parts he brought in to our shop. Apparently there is some question as to where it resides now.

Vor 7 Monate
allansbullet
allansbullet

@Martyn Watson No!! MILES PER HOUR, IDIOT! If you don't believe it, look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_land-speed_record. Look at 1955, and see what it says - 184.83 mph, 297.640 kph.

Vor 8 Monate
Martyn Watson
Martyn Watson

kph...

Vor 8 Monate
allansbullet
allansbullet

Terry must have been quite a tearaway in his younger years - I've heard a lot of stories about him, but not from him! He fought in the NZ Army in Malaysia, came back to NZ and joined the NZ Police, and ended up being one of the most respected detectives in Christchurch, and still had time to race and rally cars!! One of life's REAL characters that I'm pleased I got to know!!

Vor 8 Monate
gb5uq
gb5uq

Wouldn't they have been better off spending a fraction of that on a good psychiatrist?. It's a pile of old junk that stinks and makes a noise, a bit like the people that ride them really. The world is insane.

Vor 8 Monate
Terrie Cotham
Terrie Cotham

some say or said the same thing of those who ride horse,s when it comes to cleaning up after them or some thank people born in pure wealth have no heat or caring for others or some thank if you not part of their race or region your less of a person and to be look down as a lower class of person. Bikes like others things in history help change the world when the Right Brothers first lunched a flying aircraft most saw it no more that a fad or fools ideal and dream at best and in WW2 most of those Radial engines leak oil and made lots of noise and yet to day its music to the ears Yes its true most people would not like to live next door were those who have no respect for those near buy and may race their engine at 3 am or speed down the street as well , but the world is a big place and bike riders like police, doctors pilots teachers and mothers and fathers come in all ways from rich riders to those who pick up a used machine like the pilots who buy and fly old aircraft to some its a dream Some day I hope you find a spark in life that makes you feel alive it could be walking on a sunny day or riding a horse or just setting down and looking at life from other people points of view and yes its sad some will not have respect for others and at times all we can do is hope they grow in life One had a cat who took riding a bike like a duck takes to water Many years ago I walk into an old auto repair shop and the smell of the old grease hung in the air like smoke and members can back of my time working in a shop like that were people fix things and yes it was dirty, and yes it smell as well and yet to me it was art , part of history many will never understand

Vor 8 Monate
Keith Mills
Keith Mills

@gb5uq Because motorcyclists get out on the road with their bikes, they don’t need psychiatrists!

Vor 8 Monate
The1320pass
The1320pass

Got the pleasure of doing some wrenching on a '51 black shadow. The Amal carbs have me scratching my head a bit. She runs good though. A little fussy to kick over on startup still. Fantastic look and sound.

Vor 8 Monate
moreno franco
moreno franco

There was a Vincent 1000 being sold in Johannesburg many years ago - in the 70's. It came with a free coffin. That machine buried 5 guys. Every time. It went on sale. Some guy cloughed out. And Another guy bought it.

Vor 8 Monate
Ellef Tollefson
Ellef Tollefson

Are you sure that's not an "Urban Legend" . I heard things like that back in the 60s about Vincents here in the US. We once had a local 72 Kawasaki H-2 that made it through 3 sets of owners here and all came to their ends on that bike. It was here on the Navy Air Station 2 of them were in my electronics warfare squadron, the first 2 involved alcohol, the third guy hit a deer one night

Vor 8 Monate
SAMRODIAN
SAMRODIAN

Well done the Aussies!

Vor 8 Monate
Todd Cott
Todd Cott

Myth is surly the wrong word, Legend , would be a better description, myth would suggest fake.

Vor 8 Monate
Ronan Rogers
Ronan Rogers

Fantastic history and provenance of this unique Vincent. Delighted it was bought by an Australian given it went there new, set an Australian land speed record, and lived most of its life there. Not to mention Australia’s Phil Irving was instrumental in its creation.

Vor 8 Monate
MECHANIC MAN
MECHANIC MAN

I want one

Vor 8 Monate
GrrMeister
GrrMeister

*Not a patch on the RG500 Pepsi Suzuki - would blow it away in seconds*

Vor 8 Monate
B B
B B

@GrrMeister — I owned a 1968 red E-Type roadster — series 1.5. It was about 5 years old when I bought it. It was a beautiful car that attracted a lot of attention but it was a bit fragile. I was always apprehensive about driving it farther than I could return by foot. The Lucas electrics were miserable and broke frequently — especially the dash toggles. I don’t regret owning it, with all of it’s quirks it was a fun ride and worth the price.

Vor 3 Tage
GrrMeister
GrrMeister

@SAMRODIAN I agree have ridden one years ago and at the time most impressed. I have also driven a friends restored Jaguar 'E' type which was a great disappointment compared to modern cars.

Vor 8 Monate
SAMRODIAN
SAMRODIAN

GrrMeister yes but where will the Suzuki be in 59 years? Probably in a thousand fucking tin cans! No one would want to keep it would they? And how many were built? Only 31 Black Lightning's ever made, they are the Holy Grail of British and world motorcycling.

Vor 8 Monate
Robert Findlay
Robert Findlay

Interestingly Phil Irving's "Motorcycle Engineering" has a table that compares bikes on the basis of bhp per litre per 1000rpm. The Panther M120 650cc single, a dinosaur originating in the 1920s does better than the Vincent 1000 at 9.2 versus 8.2 for the Vincent Rapide. The MSS Velocette, a bike equal to or better than the Vincent Comet for handling does better than the Vincent Rapide at 9.5. The best is the 500cc twin cylinder Royal Enfield Meteor Minor at 9.6. But the Vincent goes faster.

Vor 8 Monate
M Bacon
M Bacon

Well of course. It has a much bigger engine. The Rapide is very low stressed, 45BHP/litre IIRC. The Velo Thruxton produced almost the same power from 500cc, but by comparison it was a nervy, difficult to ride bike. The Rapide was the fastest armchair on two wheels.

Vor 8 Monate
Liam Murphy
Liam Murphy

A price like that it's no longer a motorcycle, it's a work of art.

Vor 8 Monate
Sophie Hawthorne
Sophie Hawthorne

Investment asset 😞

Vor 8 Monate
Ruben Brenhaug
Ruben Brenhaug

, .

Vor 8 Monate
Sophie Hawthorne
Sophie Hawthorne

Sadly machines like this now fall into the domain of people who know the price of everything but understand the value of nothing. Squirrelled away into some air conditioned warehouse never to be used again for the purpose they were built for.

Vor 8 Monate
Alexander James
Alexander James

@jamescommando Top comment!

Vor 2 Monate
jamescommando
jamescommando

Not true at all with this one, the bloke that purchased this bike rolled up to the 2019 All British Rally in country Victoria, I couldn’t even tell you what he looked like because he looked like every other old biker there wearing a decades old jacket, boots and blue jeans. No unnecessary BS, no trailer or glass case to hide it away, he was out enjoying his bike just like everyone else was on the run. After he had some help with getting it bump started he rode it on the Saturday morning run to the Maldon bakery just like everyone else, there was probably around 500 bikes on the ride and he just rode along with whoever, he didn’t hide it or stick it behind some glass for only himself to enjoy and I can’t explain how much I appreciate that attitude. I’m 28 and have spent my life travelling around Aus with my family going to every classic British bike event that we could, I would have been around 10 years old when I first laid eyes on the Jack Ehret Vincent and I still remember just standing there staring at it in complete awe of what I was seeing, now as a 28 year old seeing that bike being bump started down the street by a few old Aussie bikers and hearing the note the straight out exhausts made bouncing off the walls of a quiet country town gave me that same feeling I had as a kid, complete dumbstruck amazement. The memory I have of first seeing that bike and then first hearing it run will stay with me forever, you can’t put a price on that.

Vor 3 Monate
Sophie Hawthorne
Sophie Hawthorne

@Terrie Cotham Sadly no motor vehicle is ever worth this much money. It's all about owning something rare. Very few of the collectors who can afford these machines really appreciate them for what they are, there true function. Funnily enough, I have found that getting to ride and drive some of the bikes and cars I thought were icons has been completely underwhelming. The worst being a Lamborghini Countach LP500S. Horrible car, never meet your heroes.

Vor 8 Monate
Terrie Cotham
Terrie Cotham

not all ways true at times collectors do know the history and at others its only seen like a panting and money makes the world go round at times. But could dream or wonder what the world would be like if cars & bikes from the early years still took to the roads each day and how car or bike owners of those machines would polish ever nut and bold and would past down or sold to those wishing to own history and drive to work at the store or schools as teachers Yes in the 1960's as they say people use to take pride in cars from the 1957 chev to Road Runners with there pop up hood scoop or the GTX 440 and 4 on the floor or an LTD with 4 on the floor as well , but times change and all ways will most of the cars of to day are no more that high tech computers and will see a short life span due to the high tech systems that control the spark, fuel, transmission and its computer along with all those sensors will some day die and it will go the way of the old computer that died and all most if not impossible to repair But old cars with simple fuel and ignition systems will stand the test of time for as long as it has spark and a fuel it will run 100 years or 10,000 years some one can ride it across the lands and feel the wind in their face the rumble of the engine and its power ready to be release at the twist of a wrist and listen to the sound of a purebred its music to the ears

Vor 8 Monate
flobeeone kinobee
flobeeone kinobee

My dad's name is Vincent

Vor 9 Monate
jim bo
jim bo

over valued romanticised junk. soon no one will say 'i always wanted one of these when i was younger' because no one will see them anymore. hidden away in private rich guy collections.

Vor 9 Monate
silectric
silectric

A few years back i was on a camp site and a guy rolled up on a Vincent to camp the night on the way home from a continental rally. Looked old and normal, i.e scruffy. I reckon that night all the big fancy self propelled tin tents were out valued by that bike.

Vor 9 Monate
PonytailRuth
PonytailRuth

We are lucky enough to own a 1950 Vincent Black Lightning here in England for the past 10 years and this is it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIKSvQbK12A

Vor 9 Monate
thefngrinch
thefngrinch

Poor guy bid against the coke machine, and didn't even know it, guy on the phone my A$$

Vor 9 Monate
kkparky
kkparky

Good to have it come home again ! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-03/vincent-black-lightning-land-speed-record-motorcycle-auction/9390634

Vor 9 Monate
Justdad
Justdad

I've been running stock and slightly modified newer Triumphs from 865 to 1200cc at Bonneville since 2011 and I haven't beat 141.5 mph yet.

Vor 10 Monate
Pete Guthrie
Pete Guthrie

Vincent 52

Vor 10 Monate
bouldersoundguy
bouldersoundguy

I had the honor of pushing around and sitting on the Rollie Free bike. I did not stretch out on it like Mr. Free.

Vor 10 Monate
KEEP THE FAITH NORTHERN SOUL baby
KEEP THE FAITH NORTHERN SOUL baby

Bikes should be driven not owned by some rich douche bag cunt who doesn't even have a license. Total Failure. Bankers should not be allowed to touch bikes. They should stick to underage girls and boys. Hands off scum bags

Vor 10 Monate
izzie
izzie

Brutish bikes! I remember a friend in the 1960s called John Jennings and his young blonde daughter Julie, based at a commercial shed at Camborne in Cornwall UK where they had quite a collection of Black Shadows, and both of them often raced them, being placed at the back of the starting grid each time because they were very poor starters.

Vor 10 Monate
izzie
izzie

Martyn Watson Are you related to Edgar Watson... ex Redruth?

Vor 8 Monate
izzie
izzie

Martyn Watson I dont recall a Jim Jennings unless I have the name John wrong?

Vor 8 Monate
Martyn Watson
Martyn Watson

any relation to Jim?

Vor 8 Monate
Barbutt
Barbutt

Auction against “a guy on the phone” Guy in room starts caving. “Come on, one more bid? Trust me.” Wow! You won!

Vor 10 Monate
Happy Raccoon
Happy Raccoon

In 1970 in Redwood Estates in the Santa Cruz mtns hung a large poster of this bike with him in his underwear.

Vor 10 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

That Be Rollie Free At Bonneville You're Referring To... ;-)

Vor 8 Monate
Youri Morinaga
Youri Morinaga

Please ride and run! all motorcycles are not for investment

Vor 10 Monate
Russ Cattell
Russ Cattell

The Vincent V twins are arguably the world's second "Superbike" and a worthy successor to the first, Brough Superior. No wonder Ogri's ride of choice was a Norvin.

Vor 10 Monate
M Bacon
M Bacon

When I bought my first bike my mother was convinced I would kill myself. Then I was looking through old family photos and I found a picture of her on the back of my great uncle's bike. I showed it to her. "Oh that was just a little thing" she said. It was a Brough Superior, my great uncle had lied to my grandmother. But the Vincent was greater than the Brough because it was original design all the way from the rear mudguard to the front brakes.

Vor 8 Monate
Al Melling
Al Melling

Come on letts get real the Vincent produced 36bhp and 38ft/lbs torque. It was the torque that excited the populous. Just do the calcs.

Vor 10 Monate
Brian. Deller
Brian. Deller

55 bhp at 5 500 rpm, 31 bhp at 3000 rpm. I know because over 27 years, I had three. Rode one just about every day even to work in my office suit with a waterproof coverall. Parked it alongside the BMWs and Mercedes in the Senior Manager's Car Park as I was allowed to.

Vor 9 Monate
Ron Muirhead
Ron Muirhead

Love the bike! It's always the same story though. The mechanic that restores the the bike truly truly loves it, but he's broke. The owner says how much he loves the bike until the gavel falls. $$$$$$$

Vor 10 Monate
Les Reed
Les Reed

My, what a lovely scarf!

Vor 10 Monate
Willie Bourke
Willie Bourke

Why couldent there be a modern reoroduction of the vincent made .by 3d printers .but im guessing there would be no market for them .

Vor 10 Monate
Macca
Macca

Check out https://www.godet-motorcycles.fr they make completely new Vincent Egli's with a 1330cc Vincent Engine with 100hp, though deep pockets required around $140k AUD for the Cafe Racer, They do a lot of rebuilds as well for World wide clients including the bike in this Story. I'm a big fan of Vincent's, my Dad had a 1948 Rapide with a Chair in Black Shadow spec's in the late 50's there was no other Bike on the road that could touch it, you could sit on the Ton all day. Would also love a Ducati 750SS Green Frame and a MV Agusta 750 America both from the mid 70's with plenty of soul. Need to win the Lotto to fulfill that dream. LOL

Vor 3 Monate
Buddy Revell
Buddy Revell

Years ago I heard a very unique exhaust sound of a motorcycle. Like many guys I instantly turned my head just in time to get a glimpse of a Vincent Black Shadow motoring by. My dad rode one for a few weeks in the 1950's. He was thinking of buying it from a friend, but didn't pull the trigger which is too bad.

Vor 10 Monate
tim tripp
tim tripp

Dam, my eyes are leaking.... Glad to hear She is going back down under! Just another reason for Me to go also!!!! Is it available to view? Great it's not restored!

Vor 10 Monate
Hokitika
Hokitika

Had the opportunity to buy a Vincent 500[ one forward sloping single cylinder] for $36 in 1971, not as collectible as the V twin models, but still an exotic motorbike, a weird thing to ride as they seemed to hump up under acceleration,wish I'd bought that bike.

Vor 10 Monate
Ellef Tollefson
Ellef Tollefson

I eternally regret turning one down in 1971 for $750.

Vor 10 Monate
Ellef Tollefson
Ellef Tollefson

There is no "Myth" about the Vincent. Superior engineering, superior materials and superior performance, all combined for ease of maintenance and thousands of miles of trouble free riding. I worked for Sid Biberman of Vincent fame, in Norfolk Virginia for about 17 years . I just rode by our old shop today. Many memories were made there. I did work on them and a lot of other machines. Where could a young man work on Vincents, a 1932 Ariel Square 4 , build a Turbo Z-1, tune up Nortons, Triumphs, BSAs, then rebuild Honda 4s. Sid has passed on, but his son Matt has carried on the tradition in Louisville, Ky. At 68 I still do a 100 mile a day commute on a BMW all year around.

Vor 10 Monate
M Bacon
M Bacon

@Ellef Tollefson It was very sad. The Goodman brothers were extremely nice people and did their best to keep the company going, but Velos were expensive. What really killed them was the magnetos became unavailable, and the coil ignition of the day did not have enough spark to fire a Velo reliably at full power. And then the auto advance and retard became unavailable and so the magnetos without manual advance were useless. Today an electronic ignition conversion would work perfectly.

Vor 8 Monate
Ellef Tollefson
Ellef Tollefson

@M Bacon I would agree. I'm friends with the areas only former Velocette dealer, and he also owed a Vincent or 2 in his time. He received a nice letter from England, telling him it was over and thanks for all of his great work in the area. 71, or 72 I believe.

Vor 8 Monate
M Bacon
M Bacon

I would say that Velocette also had superior engineering, materials and, for a single cylinder 500, performance. But Veloce never tried to turn their design into a V-twin, possibly because that narrow crankcase design and quirky cam layout would have meant a complete redesign. The Vincent was partly special because the wide use of aluminium made it much, much lighter than Harley-Davidsons and made the engine cooling much better; it made the US bike look primitive, and also because of attention to design it was far more reliable.

Vor 8 Monate
Artfront Galleries
Artfront Galleries

I actually touched one at a concert in Terrytown, NY, USA In the Early 2000s. It looked beautiful but I wouldn't have wanted to ride it. Way too precious. I was happy with my 1989 Ninja 250.

Vor 11 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

Cool...Actually, lt's Tarrytown, NY...

Vor 8 Monate
Julian Porte
Julian Porte

British black magic!

Vor 11 Monate
liddy paul
liddy paul

Post war Britain, people are starving and wounded, many thousands are dead fighting to save the aristocrats empire,, people are homeless, jobless and looking at an uncertain future,, Vincent an Argentinian, who was exempt from war duty,,,,says I know! I will build a bike only the rich can afford,, it will cost as much as a house, which the poor who fought for our country cannot afford.,,,,,, what a man! ,,,,,,Doesn’t it make you proud to be British? Bloody cool bike though!

Vor 11 Monate
liddy paul
liddy paul

Peter Renn Pride can only be felt by a person completing a task against all odds. Pride felt by association is false pride and indulgent!

Vor 8 Monate
Peter Renn
Peter Renn

It's like Concorde - You don't have to be able to afford one to be proud of it.

Vor 8 Monate
Mr. Wizard
Mr. Wizard

It looks like shit

Vor 11 Monate
Gottlieb Goltz
Gottlieb Goltz

In the '90s the Vincent owners clubs held a15/th rally at the old Montana Territorial Prison at Deer Lodge, Montana. There were lots of Vincents going all over town one hell of a sigh close to 75 I'd say.

Vor 11 Monate
ROSS Bryan6
ROSS Bryan6

CANT BE DUPLICATED?? ONE DETERMINED MACHINIST NEEDED MACHINE TOOLS NEEDED RAW MATERIALS " HOLD MY BEER"!! 🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍🏍👍👍

Vor 11 Monate
Steven Arnett
Steven Arnett

The history of the bike can't be duplicated!!

Vor 8 Monate
Pete Allen
Pete Allen

So where's the myth?

Vor 11 Monate
Chris Pink
Chris Pink

At the end of the phone 😅

Vor 8 Monate
teamfab
teamfab

If it exists it can't be a myth....

Vor 9 Monate
Steve Mundy
Steve Mundy

true... sloppy English! more like 'Legend', or 'true legend'...

Vor 10 Monate
jakespeed63
jakespeed63

“...red hair and black leather...my favorite color scheme...”

Vor 11 Monate
Peter Renn
Peter Renn

@MISANTHROPE1964 My hat's off to you.

Vor 8 Monate
MISANTHROPE1964
MISANTHROPE1964

Oh, they don’t have a soul like a Vincent ‘52.

Vor 9 Monate
Anthony Pecora
Anthony Pecora

Norton's and Indians and Greeves won't do...

Vor 9 Monate
Vespa Davidson
Vespa Davidson

Mine too. And my wife's name is Molly.

Vor 11 Monate
John Ratcliffe
John Ratcliffe

Nice video but where's the myth?

Vor 11 Monate
Brian. Deller
Brian. Deller

I bought a 1952 Vincent Rapide in very good running condition in 1962 becaue my wife was pregnant and I loved riding bikes. I put a Swallow Flight single-seater fibre-glass side-car on it and rode every day only reverting it to a solo bike after about five years when the third "sprog" arrived. The Watsonian Palma was not big enough. I used to leave such as Mini-Coopers in my wake even in the rain and especially on icy roads. Being a Aircraft Engine Technician trained affectionado I rebuilt it every 3-4 years regretfully selling it and another two I had built up from spare parts, a Shadow and a Black Prince, when my wife left me. By then I had a Ducati 900 SS 1981 model that left on the twisties ALL other road bikes. Now 82 I still have the memories but not regretfully the bikes. Vincent Owners Club (lapsed) membership number 7613. Successfully raced several classic bikes especially the Vincent. Now retired in Spain but I carry pics of my bikes with me to show the youngsters. The Black Lightning was a modified road bike with slightly higer compression pistions and modified cams that could still be used comfortably on the roads. Friends in South Africa rode from Johannesburg to Cape Town, over 1 000 miles in those days with the open exhaust on Black Lightnings.

Vor 11 Monate
Aaron Clegg
Aaron Clegg

Your comment is much appreciated. What wonderful tales you must have. I would love to hear every one. As said before, peace and health with you, good sir.

Vor 6 Monate
Sophie Hawthorne
Sophie Hawthorne

At least you did it and have those memories. I regret selling so many of the bikes I've owned but at least we did it while we could. I have a Norton Dominator 88 (engine to SS spec) Cafe Racer, a Lowboy Domiracer replica and my old Yamaha FZR1000RU. I don't get to ride them so much these days due to work and other commitments.

Vor 8 Monate
Terrie Cotham
Terrie Cotham

its people like you that should spend time in schools in giving the young a look at your life and possible open the minds of just what live can offer or spark ideals or dreams for them to build on and dream of, Thanks for letting us into your life as others have said you still just a kid at hart with lots of spirt and life left to live

Vor 8 Monate
Paul Queripel
Paul Queripel

I spent many a weekend in a Palma as a sprog (and a Busmar). Being the smaller one I sat in the back, I'm sure that was the luggage compartment. One of my parents friends ran a Vincent combo, left all the rest for dead.

Vor 8 Monate
GrrMeister
GrrMeister

*Fantastic History well done Lad, hope you have many more years ahead. Teenager at 76 Years Old. Triumph 21 350cc to Italy and back/Tiger 500/Douglas Dragonfly/ and many others and at last a RG500 C Series **_Kevin Schwantz Race Replica_** that I have taken many very fast laps around the IOM TT Circuit. May YouTube® long preserve your input and valued comments*

Vor 8 Monate
Hillary Levenworth
Hillary Levenworth

Is that guy cold? Stop shaving your head and lose the scarf!

Vor 11 Monate
Chris Heggie
Chris Heggie

Loved the Vincent all my life and I cannot express the joy and emotion at the last when I found out it came back to Australia!

Vor 11 Monate
Keith Mills
Keith Mills

@Chris Heggie Any idea where in Australia it is? A decade or so ago, I visited a motorcycle museum in Tamworth, and it was basically one man’s collection, I believe.

Vor 8 Monate
Marcel Pacheco
Marcel Pacheco

Around 1969 my shop teacher Marty Dickerson brought a Lightning in to the shop to work on iy. At the time I think he was President of the Vincent club of America..

Vor 11 Monate
Jim Kimpton
Jim Kimpton

What an honor to have him for your instructor. Recently passed. Was still piloting record setting Vincents into his 80's. Was it his personal Vincent, the "BLUE BIKE?" If so, your story couldn't be more astonishing. Thanks for the telling.

Vor 7 Monate
Craig Kaschan
Craig Kaschan

There was actually 39 made not 33.

Vor 11 Monate
Peter Clark
Peter Clark

Title is about the Vincent myth. Video is a series of heads fapping over an auction result. Bike sells for the price of an above average home in a great location. Circles are jerking. The bike itself gets barely a mention. Oh dear, bitten by the subbies again.

Vor 11 Monate
George Peace
George Peace

true pity prices gone insane, l know a dealer who in the late fifties found it hard to sell vincents and make a profit ? Regards George Peace.

Vor 10 Monate
Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly

I worked for two brother ,s in london garage 25years ago , they had 2 black shadow s , fair play to you s Bernie and Dave ,, the had a collection of amazing bike,s it was like a dream every day for me , thank you ,

Vor 11 Monate
chris lomas
chris lomas

Its good to be a Aussie

Vor 11 Monate
r1273m
r1273m

The nearest I will ever get to a Vincent is a copy of Phil Irvine's book "Tuning for Speed" which I picked up in the 1960's!

Vor 11 Monate
Martin Lanigan
Martin Lanigan

If they started making replicas of these bikes lot people would buoy them

Vor 2 Monate
john brown
john brown

Friend of mines father bought an HRD Black Shadow just after WW2 , heaven knows what he would have paid for it brand new. probably pales into insignificance as to what it would be worth today if he had kept it.

Vor 11 Monate
Robert Robb
Robert Robb

Well done, Bravo!

Vor 11 Monate
john McKinney
john McKinney

The story os my dad owned a Vincent and sold it to the sandy bandit in Portland Oregon to marry my mom. Last he heard it was in Tokyo or hongkong. Is there a way to find if this is true?

Vor 11 Monate
servicarrider
servicarrider

There is a Vincent owners club in Portland and they ride the buggers constantly. Very active. They have videos here on YouTube. Also see Vincent Owners Club Pacific Northwest Chapter https://www.riderclubs.com/clubs/usa/or/portland/f/Vincent Club Vids | VOCPNW (Vincent Owners Club - Pacific North West) section  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgDzKiI-i6nZw4F4kJx6F0KUrL7LKgTqd

Vor 11 Monate
Matt Le
Matt Le

Way back in the 1980's when taking the Industrial bus from Centeral station to the Shire ,we on our journey would pass through the Sydney suburb of Redfern. Very close to the markets was an old motorbike spares /sales outlet run by a Gent who would do his deliveries on a Vincent with an old sidecar. Certanily was a sight to behold as the outfit powered off the sidewalk and away. Many years later I was waiting at the traffic lights to change in Albion st Surry Hills riding a Laverda Jota when from behind my attention was focused by the rumble of a V twin. The rider pulled up along side as he admired my ride I was astonished to witness a stripped down mean Vincent thumping impatiently almost as if it as out of tune. The lights changed to green I gestured to him to take the lead so I could hear the roar of the pipes. I followed the Vincent around Centennial park , out to Coogee bay at a skill level only a Laverda would allow me to ride at. Vincent rider was fearless and commanding , was an absoloute blast to follow and a midnight ride committed to memory.

Vor 11 Monate
Ronan Rogers
Ronan Rogers

Liam Murphy ...yes, I’m pretty sure it would have been. 99 Regent Street Chippendale, I believe. I was last there in 1981, perhaps a similar era to a Laverda Jota, which is why I think it was Allparts, as even by then all the old, famous dealers had moved. From memory the old German there was “Joe”. Great place. A time machine

Vor 8 Monate
Liam Murphy
Liam Murphy

actually found one of their old catalogues online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-92673146/view?searchTerm=allparts+beltons&partId=nla.obj-92676738#page/n0/mode/1up

Vor 8 Monate
Liam Murphy
Liam Murphy

I wonder if that was Allparts Beltons in Regent Street. Very old business originally were located in 116 Goulburn Street where most of the motorcycle shops were.

Vor 8 Monate
7316bobe
7316bobe

Way back in the 1980s. To me that was only yesterday. I think that you meant to say the 1940s

Vor 11 Monate
Steve Lawrie
Steve Lawrie

Met a guy who had Vincent Black shadow that was his daily ride. He rebuilt the bike himself and acquired it from the tip :)

Vor 11 Monate
Vitabrick Snailslime
Vitabrick Snailslime

Seen a few over the years, and they always impress. But the first one was around 1971. Some mates were getting into bikes and we'd hang around the local mechanics, in Gannon St Tempe Australia. I think they called the guy Doc, and he had a good reputation, did a lot of twins. Anyway, one came in only running on one cylinder. I can remember his comment after the test ride, that if that's how it ran on one cylinder....... Guess it was probably his first as well.

Vor 11 Monate
marty wise
marty wise

Bull.

Vor 11 Monate
Napolian Solo
Napolian Solo

Grew up on tales of people telling stories of Vincents. Insane speeds, unbelievable madness. It was always the Shadow, never heard of the Lightning until now. Maybe in the Pacific Northwest the Lighting didn't get sold here.idk

Vor 11 Monate
Dean Ossiander
Dean Ossiander

have you ever heard of a Crocker or Cyclone ? made by Yanks

Vor 11 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

@7316bobe No, l Haven't...Thanks, To You, I Will Now! Take Care, Have Fun, Ride Hard & Be Safe!

Vor 8 Monate
7316bobe
7316bobe

@Doug Auzene Have you ever seen this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikuo_Motorcycle Harley-Davidson's made in Japan from 1930 until 1958 It is something the dealers do not want people to know.

Vor 8 Monate
7316bobe
7316bobe

@Doug Auzene I really loved the Crocker Motorcycle. Such a beautiful machine.

Vor 8 Monate
Doug Auzene
Doug Auzene

Crocker...Made ln L.A.- Saw One As A Kid... Unobtanium$$$ Now...

Vor 8 Monate
7316bobe
7316bobe

The Crocker was a beautiful motorcycle that went broke from things that Harley-Davidson said infringed there patents. This was not true but it kept the Crocker Company in court until they went broke. The Crocker was a much better motorcycle than any Harley-Davidson ever made.

Vor 10 Monate
bradc32
bradc32

great bike but like all these old bike/cars if you don't ride it might as well be a pile of pop cans ride em don't hide em

Vor 11 Monate
David Hill
David Hill

I would ride it but not excessively maybe 100 miles year .

Vor 5 Monate
Jean Decrusis
Jean Decrusis

The problem with riding vintage bikes/cars is wear and tear. It just doesn't have enough spare parts lying around. Fabricating one diminishes its "originality" and therefore losses value.

Vor 8 Monate
meesterp
meesterp

lol a chocolate fireguard!

Vor 8 Monate
meesterp
meesterp

i agree. I have a Ducati Sport that i bought new and raced hard and well. I may race it again and sell it - but I'd resist sellng it to a restorer. This is a bike to hammer and enjoy. Mght be a good bije for someone with another one on a pedestal. Use mine to find out why they're great.

Vor 8 Monate
Apple Sucks
Apple Sucks

Full disclosure I will never be in a situation where I could purchase something of this caliber but I got a Telya… I feel the owner has a responsibility to take this thing out every now and again for a little spin…

Vor 10 Monate
Slim
Slim

pedal stool ....wanker

Vor 11 Monate

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