July 2013 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Greg McBride and his 1955 Vincent Black Prince

Make: Vincent
Model: Black Prince
Year: 1955
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 998cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Greg McBride
City: Midway City

1955 Vincent Black Prince

Congratulations to Greg McBride of Midway City for winning Bike of the Month with his 1955 Vincent Black Prince. Greg won a $20.00 Beach Burgers gift certificate provided by Beach Burgers and The Scooter Solution.

This was Greg's second time winning Bike of the Month. He won back in December 2012 with his 1948 Vincent Black Shadow. Greg would have won in May 2012 with his "Rollie Free Tribute" bike, but he left before the votes were counted.

Greg has owned this Black Prince for 13 years. It is one of 118 manufactured in the last year of the Vincent motorcycle company. It was designed to be a gentleman's motorcycle with all the mechanical parts covered. The fairings were designed to keep the rain off the rider.

Like a beautiful girl in an ugly dress, it looks pretty good when you lift the bonnet. The mono shock suspension looks like a modern rear end, but was actually designed by Vincent in the 1920's.

Greg is the third owner. The original owner had it stored for twenty years and took ten years to restore it. The second owner purchased the bike more for the UK registration numbers than the bike itself. Greg bought the bike in the UK and had it shipped here.

Thanks Greg for bringing this unique and rare bike to our meet. View all the photos in our July 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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Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1955 Vincent Black Prince
June 2013
1937 Zundapp KS500
May 2013
1947 James Autocycle
April 2013
1931 Indian Scout 101
March 2013
1957 Ariel Square Four Mk II
February 2013
1938 AJS Flat Tracker
January 2013
1959 Triumph Tiger Cub 200
December 2012
1948 Vincent HRD Black Shadow
November 2012
1954 BMW R51/3
October 2012
1913 Indian Single Speed
September 2012
1978 Honda CBX
August 2012
1968 Suzuki B100P
July 2012
1953 BMW R68
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