Year: 1948

Hunter S. Thompson was obsessed with the Black Shadow, and referred to it in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (he jokingly offered to enter it in the Mint 400 Desert Race) and various magazine articles. The kickstarter bruised his foot and the breather would spray boiling oil all over his leg, but he was charmed by the “goddamn fiendish Vincent Black Shadow.”  It was an innovative bike, with a stressed engine and extensive use of aluminum, and held the title of fastest production bike ever into the late 60's.