2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype
Lot 137
2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype
Sold for US$ 26,250 inc. premium

Lot Details
2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype 2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype 2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype 2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype
2002 Vincent Black Shadow Prototype
When Bernard Li's new Vincents were rolled out to the press and potential investors in 2002, a couple of things were readily apparent: 1) These were in no way pale imitations of the original machine, not simply Harley clones tarted up with gold pinstripes and a Vincent badge; and 2) the functional, running, prototypes were superbly presented, with jewel-like build quality, more like showbikes than R&D testers.

The Black Shadow was to be the base model of a four-bike range, the most traditionally styled. The wire-spoke wheels were a nod to the past, both Vincent's and Li's--Eagle One's first successful car-care product was a spray-on spoked-wheel cleaner. Actually, new Vincent buyers were to have options when it came to wheels and other components. By using an online "Configurator" customers could digitally mock up a bike with their choice of wheels, seat, exhaust, fenders, etc.

James Parker's chassis layout had some interesting features. Made from aluminum, the main frame sported a huge central backbone that served as the engine's airbox. Fresh air made its way to the fuel injectors via a screened intake at the front of the steering head. The RC51 V-Twin hung from mounting points on the frame's downtubes. A midships-mounted plastic fuel tank, good for mass-centralization, filled up most of the space behind the rear cylinder and beneath the shock. It was gassed up though a sporty Monza-type flip-up filler. What looked to be a conventional gas tank was actually a finely crafted carbon-fiber shell painted black, a cover for the frame's backbone and a place for the rider's knees to grip.

Cycle World magazine noted more of the Vincent's new/old theme -- and its stunning build quality: "The detailing is what sets this new Vincent apart. The classic cues are there, such as big round headlight and instrument housing -- but they have modern twists. The headlight doesn't hold a single bulb; instead, mounted in its reflective surface are several modern projector beams. And those instruments are not Smiths Chronometrics; the speedo and tach are their modern electronic equivalents, more current Formula One practice than English tradition."

Like all the bikes, the Black Shadow had a rangy, comfortable layout, with a long wheelbase and conservative steering geometry, a sportbike for grownups. The goal, Li insisted, was "solid, stable handling, not super-quick. That's what I like, and this bike is a lot about what I like." Offered on a Bill of Sale.

Footnotes

  • This motorcycle is a prototype built for research purposes and is not intended for use on public roads. It is offered on a Bill of Sale only.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number for this motorcycle is SC45E-2000045.
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