While the UK Ton-up boys were modifying their British twins and single with pure performance in mind, on the other side of the Atlantic, bikers were having a different minimalistic approach to create bobbers: strip completely parts or accessories to lighten these heavy and slow big twins. This movement was subsequently followed by the choppers with their cut, stretched and recut frames and disproportionate long telescopic or spring forks. Everything seems to seclude these radically different UK ad US schools, except perhaps the Rock ’n Roll, at least in the 50-60s. If most of bobbers and choppers modifications were based on widely available Harley Davidson and Indian, numerous Vincent received the same treatment.
Unlike in the 50s to 70s, where the game was to identify a cheap donor bike and work it out, today the bike builders start from scratch with the willingness to make buzz for their parts business or workshop, like fashion designers would do. Because of its rarity and exclusiveness, the legendary Vincent came to mind for some of them to create the ultimate show bike; something really different than the popular Shovel, Panhead or later Harley mills. All have a different vision, miles away from the standard “little big twin” and the café racer we share the passion for. In this folder you will see bobbers, shoppers, Rat-bike, customs and pro-street, almost all the schools are represented here.
This “American corner” is also the opportunity to remind us THE missed opportunity for both Vincent and Indian: the Vindian and the Indian-Vincent, two prototypes which could have change the destiny of both brands. Unfortunately, Indian was already in deep financial trouble and never moved forward this project. We all now the story, Indian closed its doors in 1953 and Vincent in 1955.