A lot has happened since 2011, when Falcon Motorcycles debuted its Vincent-based custom, the “Black,” at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. In my CW print story “Back to Black,” I pondered the tidal wave of time and effort required to build that exquisitely intricate Vincent special, and also whether Falcon’s business model was sustainable. The answer [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Falcon Motorcycles “White” Preview What’s next from Ian Barry? The Velocette project and further reinvention, no doubt.
Photographer : Travis Shinn, Mark Hoyer
So, what exactly constitutes “character” in a motorcycle? It’s an old debate and probably has as many answers as there are riders, but I’ll try to put in my two cents because Editor Hoyer has asked me to. He probably figured that, as a serial owner and restorer of British and Italian motorcycles—not to mention [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
National Motorcycle Museum Press Release: If you are into vintage motorcycling, and who isn’t to some degree these days, Vintage Rally 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum really has got it all. A bike show, swap meet, vintage motorcycling panel discussions, all set at one of America’s greatest motorcycle museums. And, it’s wrapped up with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Michael Lichter
The recent “World’s Coolest Bikes” profile of sculptor Jeff Decker and his Vincent “Black Lightning” proved controversial with CW readers, some of whom objected to the desecration of a Vincent motorcycle, while others were predictably pissed off by Decker’s attitude toward that hallowed name. Like the man, Decker’s tweaked Vincent has a chip on its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Vegas: Bright lights, dancing girls, piles of money…and roughly 1300 motorcycles up for auction from three different companies. Yes, this past January, a trio of auction houses invaded Las Vegas, all looking for a piece of the collector-bike market. For two decades, Mid-America Auctions had the town to itself, but last year, Bonhams rolled in, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Black Falcon: Can you improve on a Vincent? The Vincent motorcycle, deconstructed: heresy or halleujah?
Photographer : Jeff Allen
You’re sitting at a really good bike bar, with every kind of two-wheeler outside—cruisers, classics, choppers, racers. Some lucky bugger turns up on a Vincent Black Lightning, the chatter stops, everybody clambers out for a look. What a thing! A great big sexy lump of engine, with appendages bolted on to make it go. Awesome. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
I’d like you to take a look at my hot-rod Vincent. It is a ’51 Series C Black Shadow that I bought years ago as a basket case for $7000 and restored at home in my garage. I did all the work myself except for the painting. The engine has stock bore and stroke numbers, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)