1953 Vincent Rapide

What can be said about the 1953 Vincent Rapide that hasn’t been said? To many people, not only is this the ultimate vintage motorcycle, but the ultimate motorcycle. Yes, it’s not the mythical Black Shadow, and defiantly not the Lightning, but the Rapide is the base line for those two, and not a bad baseline at that.

 

Pictures sell, not words

1953 Vincent Rapide

Item comes from an estate sale and has been in long term indoor storage for several years.  Show quality restoration completed in 1971. 

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The seller used very few word because its assumed that everyone knows whats up for sale. As any vintage motorcyclest know there are hundreds of questions to ask before buying. But in the case of the Vincent Rapide, no mater what the seller’s answers, if you have the means you will buy the bike.

When Vincent’s come up for sale, you know a few things. Lots of people with look, few will buy and the price paid will be high. Like the previous owner, there is a good chance that the next owner will not ride, let alone start this bike. The Vincent use to be the ultimate tool to get down the road, and make fools of anyone who tried to keep up. Now a 1953 Vincent Rapide like this is a work of art, to be displayed safely in-side with neither oil nor gas to ruin the bike. There are people out there that ride their Vincents, and ride them for many miles. But like many expensive things, it is getting hard to rationalized taking the beautiful bikes out on the road were they could get damaged. The Vincent has become and investment, and not a motorcycle. BB

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