The Vincent story really begins in World War I, when young English Royal Flying Corps pilot Howard Raymond Davis is shot down & taken prisoner by the Germans in 1917. During his internment as a POW, Davis is said to have conceived a design for a motorcycle that he set about trying to produce after the war. This was the origin of the HRD Motorcycle Company.

Meanwhile, Phil Vincent, whose family was very wealthy with Argentine cattle, had built his own motorcycle in 1927 & 1928 with a unique patented cantilever rear suspension (an early version of monoshock). He wanted to go into business producing them, but was advised it would be wise to start with an established name. So, he purchased what was left of HRD for a staggering 450 pounds! The new company was named Vincent HRD Co., Ltd.

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