1950 Vincent Rapide Series C
Vin Number: RC5821
Registration Number: HGG125
A well known Motorcycle in Vincent Circles. This motorcycle was first owned by noted Speedway racer & promoter William H Galloway. Since then it has had 5 other owners.
I must stress right from the start that this Vincent is not a garage queen & has been set up to be ridden regularly. I collected the Motorcycle from the Previous owner in Belfast who traded it for a Vintage Rolls Royce. I then rode it 200 odd miles to Rosslare & took the ferry to Pembrook Dock where I overnighted. The following day I rode another 250 or so miles in unrelenting driving rain back to home in Hemel Hempstead & the Bike did not miss a beat taking the worst weather Britain could thow at it in its stride.
The motorcycle is named Bucephalus after Alexander the greats black war horse & has a hall marked sterling silver name plaque upon the front mud guard. Craven side Panniers are fitted as is a period craven top box suitably logoed with Vincent stickers to leave other motorists in no doubt as to what has just passed them. The bike has an easy 70 to 80 MPH Gait, but I did see an affortless 90 plus a couple of times on long straights.
The Motorcycle was fully rebuilt & restored a few years ago for which detailed photographs are available. It was slightly shadowised during the restoration with black shadow carburettors, the obligatory 150 MPH speedometer & a vincent white lightening rear sprocket. The exhaust baffles have also been removed to give a freer flowing exhaust & a note that hardens to a bark under hard acceleration. The bike is converted to 12volts & has a separate switch for the 12 volt electrical circuit. Lights are good as I rode a 25 mile stretch from Pembrook to my hotel in Caernarvon between midnight & 1am.
A plethora of paperwork comes with the motorcyle with masses of bills showing huge attention to detail & getting the bike right. There is a Vincent certificate of authenticity & also a dating certificate which attest to the motorcycle being correct with matching numbers. £57,000 was paid for the bike 5 years ago & quite a few thousands of pounds have been spent upon it since.
I have to say that I had always wanted to experience a long journey on one of Stevenages thunderous Vee twins & having now done so a prospective purchaser may have to pry the key from the grasp of my dead hand. It is a simply wonderful machine to ride & is properly sorted for long distance jaunts. As period motorcycles go it does not much better. This has to be one of the best Rapides out there.
The Motorcycle has just been up to The Vincent onwers club in Kettering & had a service & set up including new front brake drum & shoes.