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Old 08-18-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Motorcycle trivia

Motorcycling has a rich history, so in that vein I am putting this question out there, once answered will post another question.
Whats motorcycle was designed to be maintained and operated by people that had been injured during war.
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Well aren't you the genius, it is called learning. Something you did not know and then you educate yourself about a subject.

Vincent, which one?
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Black Shadow (previously said Black Knight, apparently I was thinking Batman)? That's the only Vincent I know.
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Black Shadow (previously said Black Knight, apparently I was thinking Batman)? That's the only Vincent I know.
Jae u are correct, this bike was Also mentioned in a book. They also had a white shadow.
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The two wheeled one.
What where is the new bike pic.
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Jae u are correct, this bike was Also mentioned in a book. They also had a white shadow.
AND a few Red Shadows. I used to know one of the premier Vincent builders in the country.
Before he moved away, I would go hang around his shop and drool.One day I was there and he had this red Vincent he'd been working on.
The bike's owner showed up and we started talking about it and I asked him why it was painted red. Here's the story he told...

While Vincent's were still in production Phil Vincent had his car painted a color called Chinese Red. There was paint left over and he remembered someone had told him that Americans like bright colors. He suggested they paint a batch of bikes with the leftover paint and see how they did.
I think there were 50 or so painted that color.

About that time my friend was finished with his final tinkering and said we should try to start it. This was after a complete teardown and rebuild of the engine...
He tickled the carbs, set the choke, and kicked it through a couple times. Then he turned on the ignition and the bike fired up on the first "real" kick. I was amazed that it started so easily the first time.
After adjusting the idle the owner took it out for a spin and when he came back declared it was perfect.

I wish I was that good at getting old bikes to run, lol.

By the way, if anybody is still reading this, that friend of mine lives right here in little old Pearland. He has built Vincents that have taken Best in Show and People's Choice awards in the national Vincent owners group's North American show.
Last time I saw him he was working on one he hoped would win at the Worls Show. Too bad he moved and I lost touch with him. Still lives in Pearland, last I knew.
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AND a few Red Shadows. I used to know one of the premier Vincent builders in the country.
Before he moved away, I would go hang around his shop and drool.One day I was there and he had this red Vincent he'd been working on.
The bike's owner showed up and we started talking about it and I asked him why it was painted red. Here's the story he told...

While Vincent's were still in production Phil Vincent had his car painted a color called Chinese Red. There was paint left over and he remembered someone had told him that Americans like bright colors. He suggested they paint a batch of bikes with the leftover paint and see how they did.
I think there were 50 or so painted that color.

About that time my friend was finished with his final tinkering and said we should try to start it. This was after a complete teardown and rebuild of the engine...
He tickled the carbs, set the choke, and kicked it through a couple times. Then he turned on the ignition and the bike fired up on the first "real" kick. I was amazed that it started so easily the first time.
After adjusting the idle the owner took it out for a spin and when he came back declared it was perfect.

I wish I was that good at getting old bikes to run, lol.

By the way, if anybody is still reading this, that friend of mine lives right here in little old Pearland. He has built Vincents that have taken Best in Show and People's Choice awards in the national Vincent owners group's North American show.
Last time I saw him he was working on one he hoped would win at the Worls Show. Too bad he moved and I lost touch with him. Still lives in Pearland, last I knew.
Is that the "Red Comet" referred to here?
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Most Vincents were painted black. In 1949 a White Shadow (a machine to Black Shadow mechanical specification, with the Rapide colour scheme) was available, but only 15 were sold, and the option was dropped in 1952. In 1950 16 Red Comets were shipped to the United States. There were also 31 of the 1948 Grey Flash built.[15]
[15] - http://www.thevincent.com/vinprod.html
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