Rollie Free Vincent Now at the National Motorcycle Museum


| 10/5/2017 11:06:00 AM


Rollie Free in his bathing suit

Photo from the Herb Harris Collection.

The prototype Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, is now on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

The famous "bathing suit bike" will be on loan only until summer 2018.

Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free



Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar's HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan "The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle" when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.



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