The Makings of a Record Setter
The fastest motorcycle of its era, the high-performance Vincent Black Shadow evolved from the touring-oriented Rapide. Its all-aluminum engine and transmission were a single unit and served as part the frame, which kept weight to a low 458 pounds. An advanced suspension employed a spring-mounted rear subframe and girder front forks. At the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948, Rollie Free rode a slightly modified Black Shadow to a record of over 150 miles per hour.