1948 Vincent HRD Rapide

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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

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.

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