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


1948 Vincent HRD Rapide

1948 Vincent HRD Rapide

1948 Vincent HRD Rapide

Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled 50° V-twin 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power Rating: 45bhp @ 5,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Displacement: 998cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Twin Amal carburetors
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front Brampton girder fork, rear pivoted frame
Weight: 455lb
Top Speed: 100mph

1948 Vincent HRD Rapide2

The Vincent HRD’s 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 an incredible performance in 1948.