Redneck Vincent

Redneck Vincent

For A Redneck, This Puppy Is A Classic

By Wilburn Roach with photos from Redneck

6/11/2010 2:38:41 AM

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Damn, Bandit was blamed for another custom. “It’s the truth,” Mike Marquart said during our interview. “Bandit put together an article in VQ Magazine about Vincent history and styling and it inflamed my memory of the first Vincent Black Shadow I saw in ’76. I had to find one.”

Mike has a long history in the industry, first with CCI, then another company and for five years with Redneck. “I love this place,” Mike said. “I get to work on motorcycles everyday.” In 1976 he first encountered a Vincent and almost traded his Merc for it. “It was worth $6,500 at the time and that was a lot of money for a motorcycle.”

Then ten years later he stumbled onto a magazine Bandit edited. It was called VQ and featured wild artistic versions of custom motorcycles created by talented artists. This particular issue David Mann, the god of the chopper, spilled his guts into the classic lines of a Vincent. Vincents were English built into the late ‘40s when the boss, Mr. Vincent came to America and tried to cut a deal with Indian to create the Vindian and use his engines in Chief chassis.

Phillip Vincent returned to England, but needed a chunk of change to pay for the increased production. Indian didn’t offer a deposit, Vincent couldn’t raise the cash and they both went out of business. End of two magnificent eras in motorcycling.

Mike read the article and decided to hunt down a Vincent, not for a restoration, but for a custom experiment. He saved coin in an old oilcan and started a research campaign. He met Steve Hamel who is a master Vincent engine builder and began a hunt for a kickstart Vincent engine. Three years past and Mike began to lose patience, when Big Sid, the author of a Vincent History book, called. “He told me a friend, who owned several Vincents was dying and his wife wanted to unload his bikes,” Mike said.

Big Sid told him about a pieced together bike that was part of the stash. “I bought it, sight unseen,” Mike said. At that point the Marquart Vincent Education began. “I learned that all Vincents were constructed with serial-numbered components.” There was a VIN case number, plus matching case digits that matched the figures stamped into the chassis components.

Mike reached out to the historic Vincent Owners Club ( for confirmation. They keep all the numerals for every known Vincent on file and the whereabouts. He discovered through their archives that his makeshift Vincent was actually very whole, except for the right timing case. Because of their extensive records he was able to contact the owner of the right case and cut a deal. He sent him the frame and the left case so the gentleman restoring the Vincent Rapide would have all the proper elements and he would have a complete Black Shadow engine with one bad engine half case. That was cool, since he was building a complete ground up custom around this massive classical drivetrain.

The design flourished from the David Mann paintings in VQ magazine, the mind of Vince Doll’s, the owner of Redneck engineering, and Mike’s tribute-to-speed notions. The Series C Black Shadow was produced from ’49 to ’54. Like the original, the drivetrain was suspended from the frame, which contained the oil supply. “So I wanted the backbone to show between the tanks that Vince Doll created by hand,” Mike said. For racing charactistics they adapted a mono-shock, and raked the frame 50 degrees to match the 50-degree V-twin cylinders. Even in 1949 the Black Shadow was built with a 150 mph speedo and capable of 100 mph at just 4000 rpms.

All the frame tubing was elliptical and tapered for a sleek design. The man who rebuilt this engine, Steve Hamel, Built Matt Hotch’s engine for the Discovery Built off against Roger Goldammer at Bonneville in 2006.

Mike and the Redneck crew took one of their own designs to Bonneville this (2007) year and cut through the slippery salt at 132 mph, after riding it 2,400 miles to Wendover, Utah. They build their own balanced baggers with JIMS 120-inch H-D Twin Cam B engines. They roll with 300 tires on the rear and 21s up front around Softail chassis. Sleek bagger kits are available from Redneck in addition to Buell Mutant roller kits that will turn any Buell into a tight rigid custom. Fifty percent of their business revolves around building chassis kits, sheet metal and frames for baggers, Softails, Sportsters and Buells.

“We build the coolest bikes for the least amount of money,” Mike said of their ground up builds. This Vincent will visit most major events this coming year and the Redneck crew will always be close by. Extreme Tech Chart

Regular Stuff

Owner: Mike Marquart 
Bike Name: Vincent Black Chopper 
City/State: Lake Wylie, SC

Builder: Redneck Engineering 
City/state: Liberty, SC 
Company Info: 107 Nix Road, Liberty, SC 29657 
Company Phone: (864) 843-3001 
Web site: 
Fabrication: Redneck 
Manufacturing: Redneck 
Welding: Redneck 
Machining: Universal Machine/Redneck


Year: 1951 
Make: Vincent 
Model: Black Shadow 
Displacement: 998cc 
Builder or Rebuilder: Steve Hamel-St. Paul, MN 
Cases: Vincent Black Shadow 
Case finish: Light machine 
Barrels: Vincent 
Bore: 84mm 
Pistons: CP 8 to 1 
Barrel finish: Light machine 
Lower end: Terry Prince 
Stroke: 90mm 
Rods: Terry Prince 
Heads: Vincent-ported by Steve Hamel 
Head finish: Light Machine 
Valves and springs: RD Springs 
Pushrods: Vincent 
Cams: MK 2 Andrews 
Lifters: Vincent (lever style) 
Carburetion: Twin 34mm Mikuni 
Air cleaner: K&N 
Other: Rebuilt to Black Lightning Specs, 12 volt CD ignition, 6 volt Lucas charging system


Year: 1951
Make: Vincent
Gear configuration: 4 Speed Unit Construction, kick start
Final drive: 530 Chain
Primary: Chain
​Clutch: Vincent Servo


Year: 2006 
Make: Redneck 
Style or Model: Mono-Shock 
Stretch: 0 out, neg 2 up 
Rake: 50° 
Modifications: Engine used as stressed member, all tubing is oval and tapered towards the rear, oil in backbone

Front End

Make: Redneck 
Model: Tubular Tree Springer 
Year: 2006 
Length: + 6 
Mods: Internal Brake Line

Sheet metal

Tanks: Redneck hand built twin tanks 
Fenders: Redneck Mud Flap 
Panels: none 
Oil tank: In frame 
Other: Hidden dual throttle cable, head light wire thru tank


Sheet metal: Gary Strait 
Molding: Gary Strait 
Base coat: House of Kolor Very Black 
Graphics: Charlie Tyre (Modified Vincent Logo) 
Frame: Gary Strait 
Molding: Gary Strait 
Base coat: House of Kolor Very Black 
Graphics or art: None 
Special effects: None 
Pinstriping: None


Make: Weld Racing-Forge Wire 
Size: 18 x 3.5 
Brake calipers: Performance Machine 
Brake rotor(s): Weld 
Tire: Avon 110/80-18


Make: Weld Racing Forge Wire 
Size: 18 x 3.5 
Brake calipers: Performance Machine 
Brake rotor: Weld 
Pulley: Sprocket-Weld 
Tire: Avon 150/70-18


Foot controls: Redneck Tubular-PM pegs 
Finish: Paint/satin pegs 
Master cylinder: PM 
Brake lines: Nascar 
Handlebar controls: PM Contour with modified levers 
Finish: Satin 
Clutch Cable: Modified HD 
Brake Lines Nascar 
Shifting: Right side foot


Ignition: ARD 12 volt CD 
Ignition switch: Toggle 
Coils: ARD 
Regulator: 6 volt 
Charging: Lucas/Prince of Darkness 
Wiring: Not much 
Harness: Redneck 
Headlight: V-Twin 
Taillight: Repo Vincent 
Accessory lights: Nope 
Electrical accessories: None 
Switches: Two toggles 
Battery: Ity-bity 6 volt

What's Left

Seat: Addis Upholstery/Redneck with Vincent Crest 
Pipes: Hand built Redneck 
Mufflers: What did you say? 
Exhaust finish: High Heat VHT Black with Heat Wrap 
Gas caps: Twin Redneck non-vented 
Handlebars: Redneck Bonneville Style 
Grips: PM Renthal Satin Finish 
Pegs: PM Round Satin Finish 
Oil filter: Cartridge 
Oil cooler: Keep it in the wind 
Oil lines: Black 
Fuel filter: none 
Fuel Lines: Black Rubber with in line petcocks 
Throttle: Streamline Design Internal (left for throttle-right for compression release) 
Throttle cables: 1 into 2 
Fasteners: Stainless