December 2012 Bike of the Month

Bike of the Month Greg McBride with his 1948 Vincent HRD Black Shadow

Make: Vincent HRD
Model: Black Shadow
Year: 1948
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 998cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Greg McBride
City: Midway City

1948 Vincent HRD Black Shadow

Congratulations to Greg McBride of Midway City for winning Bike of the Month with his 1948 Vincent HRD Black Shadow. Greg won a $20.00 Beach Burgers gift certificate provided by Beach Burgers.

Greg and Thomas Harper started this group back in 2004. He usually doesn't participate in the Bike of the Month contest, but I talked him into it today.

He has owned the Black Shadow for about nine years. It wasn't together when he bought it, but it was complete. Complete with a hole in one of the pistons. Greg repaired the piston and put this Numbers Matching bike back on the road.

According to Greg, less than 80 of these 1948 HRD Black Shadows were produced. The HRD which comes from the original creators name, Howard Raymond Davies, was dropped from the Vincent trademark in 1949 to help distinguish them in the US market from Harley Davidson.

The 1948 Black Shadow was the Worlds Fastest Production Motorycle. The HRD has several distinct features including no full frame, the engine is a stressed member of the bike, four disk brakes and a patented mono shock rear suspension.

Thank you Greg for starting our group and your continued support. View all the photos in our December Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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