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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

1949 Vincent HRD Comet

1949 Vincent HRD Comet (1)

1949 Vincent HRD Comet

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air cooled single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Lucas magneto
Power Rating: 28bhp @ 5,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Displacement: 499cc
Fuel System: Amal Type 6 carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front Vincent Girdraulic fork, rear cantilever frame
Brake: Front and rear drum
Weight: 390lb
Top Speed: 90mph

1949 Vincent HRD Comet (2)

The Comet was a less expensive, affordable alternative to the big twins. It was often referred to as “Half a Vincent,” but it still had the desirable mile eating capabilities of its bigger brothers. A racing version was also available on a limited basis, the Grey Flash, which helped to publicize the model.

1949 Vincent HRD Comet (3)