The Art of the
Vincent Motorcycle Engine


THE VINCENT MOTORCYCLE ENGINE:
ONE OF THE PRETTIEST ENGINES EVER MADE!

That's a tall statement, I know...but just look at the thing!! How can you say that it's not? The Vincent Motorcycle Engine is at the same time solid, robust & compact, yet graceful & finely-detailed, a true work of art. It's hard to imagine any engine looking much nicer. It's an interesting story that lead to the creation of Vincent Motorcycles iconic V-Twin Engine:

FUNNY STORY...
How the legendary Vincent Rapide V-Twin engine was concieved is certainly one of the most tantalizing legends in all of Classic British Motorcycle-dom. Phil Irving was sitting at the drawing board one day with two tracings of the 500cc single. As things got moved around, the top tracing roughly lined up with the bottom one (identical to the top) at such an angle as to look like a V-twin. With a little cajoling, he lined up the crankshaft centerlines & the timing idler gears & ended up with a 47.5 degree V-twin. The single you see, was canted forward at 23.75 degrees, so this just duplicated that angle to the rear. In doing so, the 1936 Series A Vincent Rapide was born. The 994cc V-twin had 6.8:1 compression, made 45 hp & was good for 110 mph. Absolutely stellar performance in 1936! The Series A (or first generation) engine was somewhat crude when compared with later models, with its non-unit construction & exterior oil lines. The clutch & transmission was also weak. But the Vincent Rapide was still a stunning success for the tiny Vincent-HRD Motorcycle Co. It had a brazed lug frame with Vincent’s patented cantilever rear suspension & a girder front end.


Vincent Black Shadow
V-twin Engine Cutaway


FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS...
At the recent Quail Motorcycle Gathering held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley CA, on Saturday, May 14, 2011, The Vincent O.C. had on display this utterly scrumptious Vincent Motorcycle Engine Cutaway of a Vincent Black Shadow V-twin at their club booth. It was a very impressive piece & one that you don't see everyday. Not wanting to pass up a chance to photograph this beauty, I took a series of 8 shots from every angle. When I got home to review them, I found that scrolling through them quickly actually gave the effect of a moving picture, with the engine rotating in view! Anyway, they're nice pictures & I hope you enjoy them.


WOW! THAT WAS SWEET!!
Every time I look at those photos again, it makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside. Thanks to the Vincent Owners Club for this fabulous Vincent Motorcycle Engine Cutaway display. Don't miss next year's Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May.

As with any engine, old or new, proper lubrication is critical to performance and long engine life. There is a whole new generation of synthetic oils today that offer vastly improved lubrication, cooling, longer engine life and drastically reduced friction, which helps everything.



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