June 2016 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month
Greg McBride and his 1949 Vincent Black Shadow Rollie Free tribute bike

Make: Vincent
Model: Black Shadow
Year: 1949
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 998cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Greg McBride
City: Laguna Woods

Greg McBride
Greg McBride back in 2004
1949 Vincent Black Shadow
Congratulations to Greg McBride of Laguna Woods for winning Bike of the Month with his 1949 Vincent Black Shadow Rollie Free tribute bike. Greg won a Mr. Pete's Grill gift certificate provided by Mr. Pete's Grill and two Lucas Oil products donated by Lucas Oil and Mike Wells.

Greg is no stranger to this group, in fact he founded the group in 2004 with Thomas Harper as a Wednesday night meet-up for pizza. He has won Bike of the Month twice in the past, first in December 2012 with his 1948 Vincent HRD Black Shadow, and then in July 2013 with his 1955 Vincent Black Prince.

Greg has owned this bike since 1995 and for 15 years and it has been an ongoing project. He calls it his Hot Rod, Rollie Free Tribute bike. Rollie Free broke the land speed record on a Vincent Black Shadow in 1948, hitting 150.3MPH on the salt.

It has many custom and aftermarket parts including a Terry Prince top end, and Carrillo Rods.

Thanks Greg for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our June 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.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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June 2016
1949 Vincent Black Shadow
May 2016
1974 Norton Commando
April 2016
1972 Custom TR6 Triumph
March 2016
1962 Panther M120
February 2016
1980 Harley Davidson XR750
January 2016
1947 Velocette KSS
December 2015
1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi
November 2015
1973 Kawasaki H2 750
October 2015
1971 Kawasaki H1 500
September 2015
1955 BSA Goldstar
August 2015
1970 Kawasaki H1
July 2015
1968 BMW R69US
June 2015
1966 Honda Super Hawk 305
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