A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1948 Vincent HRD Rapide
Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled 50° V-twin 4-stroke
Power Rating: 45bhp @ 5,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Twin Amal carburetors
Suspension: Front Brampton girder fork, rear pivoted frame
Top Speed: 100mph
The Vincent HRDs were built to a specification, not a price. They were fast, expensive and very exclusive. Every enthusiast’s dream was to own a Rapide or Black Shadow, the only machines that could cruise close to 100mph, which was incredible performance in 1948.