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Vincent Line-up – National Motorcycle Museum

Vincent Line-up - National Motorcycle Museum

1954 Comet : 1933 Python : 1936 Rapide : 1949 Black Shadow

Vincent Motorcycles, "the makers of the world’s fastest Motorcycles", began with the purchase of HRD Motorcycles, less the factory premises, by Phil Vincent in 1928.

HRD was founded by the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot, Howard Raymond Davies, who was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1917. Legend has it that it was while a prisoner of war that he conceived the idea of building his own motorcycle, and contemplated how he might achieve that. It was not until 1924 that Davies entered into partnership with E J Massey, trading as HRD Motors. Various models were produced, generally powered by JAP (JA Prestwich Industries) engine
Unfortunately, though HRD Motorcycles won races, the company ran at a loss, and in January 1928 it went into voluntary liquidation. The company was initially bought by Ernest Humphries of OK-Supreme Motors for the factory space, and the HRD name, jigs, tools, patterns, and remaining components were subsequently offered for sale again.
Philip Vincent was advised to start production under an established name. He had built a motorcycle of his own in 1924, and in 1928 had registered a patent for a cantilever rear suspension of his own design. In 1928 Philip Vincent left Cambridge University with an engineering degree and, with the backing of his family wealth from cattle ranching in Argentina, acquired the trademark, goodwill and remaining components of HRD from Humphries for 450.

The company was promptly renamed Vincent HRD Co., Ltd and production moved to Stevenage. The new trademark had "Vincent" in very small letters above "HRD" written large. After World War 2 Britain had an export drive to repay its war debts, and the USA was the largest market for motorcycles, so in 1949 the HRD was dropped from the name to avoid any confusion with the "HD" of Harley Davidson, and the motorcycle became The Vincent.

In 1929 the first Vincent-HRD motorcycle used a JAP single-cylinder engine in a Vincent-designed cantilever frame. The earliest known example extant exists in Canberra, Australia. Some early bikes used Rudge-Python engines. But after a disastrous 1934 Isle of Man TT, with engine problems and all three entries failing to finish, Phil Vincent (with Phil Irving) decided to build their own engines.

Phil Vincent also experimented with three wheeled Vehicles, amphibious vehicles, and automobiles. In 1932 the first 3-wheeler, "The Vincent Bantam" appeared, powered by a 293 cc SV JAP or 250 cc Villiers engine. It was a 2.5 cwt delivery van with a car seat and a steering wheel. The Bantam cost 57-10-0 and the windscreen and hood option cost 5-10-0. Production ceased in 1936.

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Posted by Digidiverdave on 2012-01-17 10:27:46

Tagged: , veteran , vintage , motors , historic , Classic Bike , David Henshaw , Motorcycle , National Motorcycle Museum

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Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster

Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster

Posted by Giancarlo – Foto 4U on 2015-06-29 13:49:48

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Relentless Suzuki by TAS

Relentless Suzuki by TAS

In 2009 Lowry had some impressive performances in his BSB rookie season, with a best finish of fourth at Cadwell Park and the final round at Oulton Park. Watanabe though failed to deliver the results and languished down the final championship standings. The team lifted the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship crown with Alastair Seeley dominating the title chase with an impressive nine race wins. The team then promoted him to BSB and the newly crowned champion debuted the new Evolution specification Relentless Suzuki at Silverstone where he scored a top ten finish. Seeley moved to the Superbike team full-time in 2010 alongside Michael Laverty who returned after a stint in AMA Superbike.

Laverty had an impressive season on his return to BSB, taking two victories and becoming one of the six Title Fighters in the Showdown before ending the season in fourth overall. Seeley had an equally strong rookie season, winning a race at Brands Hatch and qualifying as the final Title Fighter, finishing the season sixth.

In 2011 the team have an all-new line-up with Aussie Josh Brookes making the switch to Suzuki from Honda. Seeley remains with the team and moves into the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship with the new GSX-R600.

Posted by Grand-Poobar on 2011-10-08 22:25:53

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IMG_5753

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2014 Intermot Köln

Posted by Smiles per Gallon on 2014-10-01 22:06:54

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1955 490cc Norton ES2

1955 490cc Norton ES2

My bike purchased in March 2013.

The ES2 made its debut at the 1927 Olympia Show and was generally produced to a more up to date specification than the Model 18. It featured the overhead valve engine as fitted to the Model 18, but with the magneto resited behind the cylinder, the drive coming off the primary chain.

The frame was of a new full cradle design which was also used on the brand new overhead camshaft CS1 machine. The petrol tank was of the saddle type then coming into vogue; by 1929, all the old flat tanks had been eliminated on Nortons. For 1931, there was a redesign of the right side crankcase to enable the magneto drive to be taken off the inlet camshaft. This was standardised on all other OHV and SV machines at the same time. A second drive side main bearing was added in 1934 along with valve guide oil pipes. The ES2 had its valve gear enclosed in 1938. There was an option of plunger rear suspension in 1939 as well as the International petrol tank.

During the year, with war clouds looming, all Norton production was turned over to side valve machines for the military. Production was resumed after the war with the plunger frame and telescopic forks now standard; then the engine internals received a lot of attention in 1948, with a number of modifications being incorporated. The laid down gearbox was fitted from 1950 and in 1951 a larger 3.5 gallon petrol tank was put onto the ES2 as well as other machines in the range. In 1952, the frame became a swinging arm type with Girling rear dampers; the 8" front brake was introduced in 1954; many changes occurred in 1957, most notably a new cylinder head with integral pushrod tunnels, and then in 1959 a change to alternator and coil ignition. In the same year the frame was replaced by the Wideline Featherbed, followed by the Slimline in 1961 until production ceased in 1963.

The letters ‘ES’ are thought to represent ‘enclosed springs’.

Specification:
490cc air-cooled overhead valve single. Compression ratio – 6.5 to 1. Power – 21bhp at 5,000rpm Weight – 380lbs (172kg) Top speed – 78mph

Posted by Digidiverdave on 2013-06-24 09:31:42

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BSA

BSA

Posted by John & Matt’s on 2011-09-04 15:23:12

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Brooklands Society 45th Reunion – Vincent HRD (FOG 962)

Brooklands Society 45th Reunion - Vincent HRD (FOG 962)

Posted by growler2ndrow on 2012-07-28 11:22:22

Tagged: , Vincent , HRD , Brooklands , Museum , Weybridge , Surrey , England , UK , Cars , Motors , Autos , Motorcycles , Motorbikes , Classic , Veteran , Vintage

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Brooklands Society 45th Reunion – Vincent HRD (FOG 962)

Brooklands Society 45th Reunion - Vincent HRD (FOG 962)

Posted by growler2ndrow on 2012-07-28 11:22:19

Tagged: , Vincent , HRD , Brooklands , Museum , Weybridge , Surrey , England , UK , Cars , Motors , Autos , Motorcycles , Motorbikes , Classic , Veteran , Vintage

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