I did a t-shirt of this image 1996 for a local Vincent club in Seattle. The owner was building vintage Black Shadow. The coolest motorcycle of all time! They actually just brought it back and it's really sick looking! The only drawback is that it's got a Honda built engine. They should've hired Triumph to keep it British like the original. Cool ode to Rollie Free Mr. Oakes!
Hey Gregg! There is actually no seat on this bike and do not believe that he crashed. Scary eh? This was also 1948! He could go 147 in his leathers and did 150 in the speedo.
That's Rollie Free on a Vincent setting a land speed record. He stripped down to get better wind drag and set the record. This actual bike has been displayed at the motorcycle concourse as part of the MotoGP weekend at Laguna Seca. One of my favorite images and my favorite bikes.