Very few motorcycles have carved a mark in history like the Vincent V-twin, from its arrival in 1946 and up to the present day. On the road, in club racing, in drag races, or competing for land speed records, it dominated the motorcycle world, leading to the famous catchphrase coined by the factory: “The World’s Fastest Standard Motorcycle.” It was a FACT – NOT a slogan. Images such as that of Rollie Free, in swimming trunks, laying flat on his works-modified Black Shadow and taking the American motorcycle land speed record at Bonneville in 1948, have now passed into posterity. In fact, the big Vincent was so ahead of its time, that it continued to compete successfully – almost arrogantly – in racing until the mid-1970s, against modern bikes. No other motorcycle in the world can claim this kind of achievement.
Following the premature ending of Vincent production, Fritz Egli’s 1967 Egli-Vincent was the first chassis completely redesigned for a Vincent in 21 years. Egli’s machine inspired numerous builders for several generations and this book traces, holistically, the story of all those motorcycles in the broad context of the classic and modern history of the Vincent.
Understand how the flame of passion still burns brightly today.
• Understand how the Vincent 998cc V-twin became a ‘living legend’
• Discusses why and how the brand declined intor bankruptcy, despite engineering excellence
• Read how and why the 1000 Vincent inspired – and continues ot inspire – generations of mechanics and engineers
• Explains why the 1000 Vincent gave birth to so many specials over a 70 year period
• See how Fritz Egli tranformed the Vincent, and his effect on the Japanese motorcycle industry
• Unravels the imbroglio of the Egli-Vincent production model and replicas over a 45 year period: the most copied bike ever
• Reveals why the design is still capable and competitive today, on track and on the road
• Discover the Vincent racers that proudly and successfully stood-up to modern motorcycles until the late 1970s
• Presents a comprehensive view of Vincent derivatives up to the present day, including café racers, choppers, and bobbers
• Considers the future of Vincent