Jeff Decker’s Vincent Black Lightning is truly elegant [Photo Gallery]May 15, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Jeff Decker doesn’t really like stock Vincent’s but still somehow he has managed to build a fine Black Lightning. Being a sculptor and a bike builder does help, but his work here is amazing. His quality of work can be judged from the fact that this bike looks fast even in the stills.
His Vincent is not a part of the bonafide factory bikes, instead he assembled it using salvaged parts supplied by Marty Dickerson and Mel Helde, Jr. Mel was Rollie Free’s mechanic. Even though some Vincent purists question his efforts he stands firm by his creation saying “this bike really is a cobbled-together Frankenstein that I’m not ashamed of”.
Although it isn’t an original it still leaks Vincent, more prominently from the huge engine it has. The differences can be seen once you make it stand side by side to a real Vincent as this one makes the rider sit a foot lower than the stock machine. The tank is narrower and the headlight is from a 1970s Honda ATC, which complements the oversized Speedo better than the bulky original lamp.
It has faced its fair share of criticism, but in reality it is a very nice bike. It’s not an original but its unique in its own way and nothing can be taken away from the maker for doing a fine job.
News/Image Source: Bikeexif