Back in the late ‘20s to the mid ‘50s, there was a British motorcycle manufacturer by the name of Vincent Motorcycles. Though the company folded in 1955 owing to financial losses, a few of its bikes made headlines for being the fastest production motorcycles of their time. We’re talking about the Black Lightning, a beautiful machine that could top 150 mph with a peak output of 70 bhp. Just 31 of them were ever made, further adding to their appeal. Now, Jeff Decker, a historian and artist noted for his sculptures of vintage bikes, has brought back the Black Lightning with a few personal touches that make it look fast even if it’s standing still.
Decker’s version of the Black Lightning can touch speeds of over 100 mph, pretty impressive for a machine that’s so artistically crafted. The man behind the bike also doesn’t seem to give two hoots to the purists who cry ‘foul’ either. According to Decker, his plan was to strip a stock Vincent down to a slimmer and sexier version without the original seat and mudguards. His dream was also to make a street legal Black Lightning without all the stockiness of the original which he’s accomplished in spades.