Vincent Black Shadow

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Make ModelVincent Black Shadow
Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, V-Twin cylinder. OHV
Capacity: 998
Bore x Stroke: 84 x 90 mm
Compression Ratio: 7.3;1
Induction: 2 x 1.125 inch type 29 Amals
Ignition / Starting: Lucas Magneto (’55 models had Kettering ignition)
Max Power: 55 hp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque:
Transmission / Drive: 4 Speed / chain
Frame: Brazed lug duplex tubular cradle. Cantilever rear springing
Front Suspension: Vincent Girdraulic forks, 3″ wheel travel.
Front Brakes: 2x 178mm drum
Rear Brakes: Single 180mm drum
Front Tire: : 3.00 -20
Rear Tire: : 3.50 -19
Seat Hieght826mm
Dry-Weight: 227 kg
Fuel Capacity: 16 Litres
Top Speed125 mp/h / 201 km/h
ReviewsMotorcycle-USA / Cycle World

The Black Shadow was a “Stressed Frame: ” design. The Engine: , instead of being cradled in a set of Frame: rails, was suspended from above becoming an integral part of the structure. The Black Shadow as well as the other post Second World War Vincents featured several new technological innovations such as a unique and original alternative to the primitive telescopic front forks of the day, a sprung rear sub-Frame: , the extensive use of aluminium alloy and a unit construction stressed Engine: . It weighed in at a relatively light 458 lb[1] (207 kg) which was about the Weight: of a pre-war 500 cc bike.

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