A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1955 Vincent Black Knight
Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled, 47F V-twin four stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 45hp @ 5,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Twin Amal 389 Monobloc carburetors
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front Vincent Girdraulic fork, rear pivoted frame
Brakes: Front and rear twin drum
The final versions of this famous brand were the all-enclosed Series D, the Black Knight on display here is an updated version of a Rapide. New features were a hand operated center stand, and coil ignition for easy starting. Vincent assumed that their wealthy customers would appreciate the added weather protection that the new fairing offered, but they wanted a naked version, where they could see that magnificent motor. Sales of these new models were disappointing, and Vincent closed their doors.