1955 VINCENT RAPIDE D
1955 VINCENT SERIES D RAPIDE
CORRECT NUMBERS BIKE "ABSOLUTELY AS LEFT THE FACTORY"
BUFF LOG BOOK
ENGINE OVERHAULED BY EXPERT LONG TIME VINCENT ENGINEER
SOME SENSIBLE RIDERS MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE AUSTRALIAN KAWASAKI 750 CLUTCH WHICH IS MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY THAN THE ORIGINAL DESIGN
MEGACYCLE CAMS,GARY ROBINSON CAM FOLLOWERS,STEEL IDLER WHEEL,ALL BEARINGS BUSHES AND SPINDLES REPLACED
STARTS EASILY RUNS LIKE A DREAM
PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN AND SOUNDS INCREDIBLE
BRAKES JUST OVERHAULED WITH DRUM MACHINED TO MATCH SHOES "STOPS ON A SIXPENCE"
THE SERIES D WAS THE LAST OF THE VINCENTS AND ARE VERY RARE .
GOLDSTAR GARAGE CORNWALL
NATIONWIDE DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR £180
The "Series D Rapide" appeared in 1954. While the Series D designation was never officially used by the factory, the extensive differences between these bikes and the Series C Rapides have earned them their own classification.
The Series D used a modified RFM with relocated spring box lugs and a new single Armstrong spring/damper unit that increased suspension travel by 30% to a full 6 in (152 mm).: 36 The previous box-section UFM was replaced by a simple tube with brazed lugs at each end bolted to a slightly modified version of the Series C malleable steering head casting. This revised UFM did not carry any oil, and so a separate tank was added. A change of the rear subframe brought a new seat support, which freed the passenger footpegs from the swingarm-connected-seat struts of the Series B and C models.
The Series D had only a single, sprocket-side rear brake. The drum was of ribbed cast iron.: 39 Tire sizes grew, being fitted with 3.50-19in front and 4.00-18in rear wheel sizes instead of the 3.00-20in front and 3.50-19in rear tyres standard for Series B and C bikes.: 41 Series D electrics were provided by Lucas : 48 A coil ignition system was also fitted.: 45
The Rapide line ended in December 1955, after which Vincent stopped all motorcycle production.