The history of this charming Black Shadow is well documented from 1960 when a Col. Ronald Henry Baker, Jr., a WWII Japanese theater Hellcat fighter pilot who later flew private jets and raced cars, bought the bike from the original owner who lived in Massachusetts. Baker kept it as "his spare Shadow" and "Big Sid" Biberman – a friend of Baker's - claimed it lived in dry storage in Tennessee. In the mid 1980s Big Sid bought it from Baker and kept it until the late 1990s registering it as his personal bike with the VOC. He then sold it to a Harry Sidelman in Florida who made some mods and put about 4,000 miles on it. It was sold again in 2000 to a Glenn Lyall, also in Florida, who almost never rode it; with a bad hip he had trouble starting it. Lyall traded it to Daytona BMW who subsequently sold it at the Bonhams auction at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles in 2006.
The buyer supervised the full re-commissioning of the bike by series of reputable specialists: Steve Hamel of St. Paul, Minnesota rebuilt the top end; Ken Rosevear in Ontario, Canada sorted out the bottom end, primarily by balancing the crankshaft and connecting rods; and Underground Colors of San Francisco repainted the gas tank, reporting that it was the best Vincent tank they had ever seen. Other than a 12-volt system with a halogen headlight and a multi-plate clutch, it's factory original, the seller reports. The odometer shows 13,669 miles, which is believed to be correct.
A strong running Black Shadow with an evocative history, a bike that reportedly needs nothing.
Please note that this bike is titled with frame number 11832B and as a 1954.
Please note that the motorcycle was sold to Mr. Harry Seiderman in the late 1990s and not Harry Seidelman as stated in the catalog.
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