Vincent HRD - Serie B - TT replica
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Vincent HRD D2-492-36-01
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Capacity : 500
Model : Serie B - TT replica
Production : 1936 -
Category : (R) Racing


500 TT Replica Series B -1936

Slow start for a legend

After a disastrous participation in the 1934 Tourist Trophy with a batch of allegedly special JAP engines, Philip Vincent- owner of Vincent-HRD- and his brilliant engineer Phil Irving designed their own power unit. A 500 single incorporated Vincent's high-set camshaft and angled tunnels carrying extrashort pushrods. Enclosed pushrods were a rarity at the time. The general layout would remain a feature of Vincent engines.

Guaranteed to Hit 90

Revealed at the 1934 London Show, the engine was not even finished when it was announced that the new Comet sports would exceed 90 mph. The Vincent 500 was put into production in record time, and in the 1935 TT Vincent-HRDs fmished seventh and ninth.

Blown but Fragile

However, more power was needed to bring outright victory, so five Vincent-HRDs were prepared for the 1936 TT, two of them with Zoller superchargers. The blown machines failed to last more than a couple of laps in practice. Four Vincent-HRDs started; three retired and only Jock West fin ished. He crossed the line eighth, pushing his bike, which had snapped its chain, way behind the winning Norton of Jimmy Guthrie and the second-place Velocette of Stanley Woods. The 500 single would never run in the TT again. The works concentrated on its V-twin. Nevertheless, when a 500cc "TT Replica" was stopped for speeding by the police, its rider was acquitted on the grounds that his bike could not have reached 110 mph!


Engine: 499cc (84x90rnm) air-cooled singlecylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 5 hp (rated)

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: 30rnm Amal TI carburetor

Transmission: Burman 4-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); swinging triangular rear frame (rear)

Brakes: twin 7 inch magnesium drums (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.00x20 inch (front); 3.50xl9 inch (rear)

Weight: 320 lb

Maximum Speed: 100 mph


The magnificent TT Replica Vincent-HRD of 1936 had a bronze cylinder bead and a massive Amal TT carburetor.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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