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1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide


1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide Pictures
The HRD Series B Rapide's 50-degree V-twin doubled as a structural frame member
The HRD Series B Rapide's 50-degree V-twin doubled as a structural frame member

The 1951 Vincent HRD Series B Rapide motorcycle, like all Vincent HRDs, was known for quality construction and a high price.

The triangulated swingarm compressed twin shocks mounted below the saddle.
The triangulated swingarm compressed twin shocks mounted below the saddle.
The unique rear taillight featured a "Stop" insignia.
The unique rear taillight featured a "Stop" insignia.
The speedometer was situated above the handlebars, while other gauges were located within the top of the headlight.
The speedometer was situated above the handlebars, while other gauges were located within the top of the headlight.
Depicted on this postcard circa 1950 is Roland R. Free running a Vincent Black Shadow on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. His speed was 148-150 mph.
Depicted on this postcard circa 1950 is Roland R. Free running a Vincent Black Shadow on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. His speed was 148-150 mph.

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