Rollie Free Vincent Now At the National Motorcycle Museum

Rollie Free Vincent Now At the National Motorcycle Museum

Rollie Free in 1948 riding across the Bonneville salt flats

Photo from Herb Harris Collection

The actual prototype Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah is now on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. If you attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23, 2018 you can enjoy a bike show, swap meet, special guests and the Rollie Free Vincent.

The famous and historic “bathing suit bike” will be on loan only until June 30, 2018, so we hope you’ll visit soon. It’s great to look at up close.

Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar’s HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up!  Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan “The World’s Fastest Standard Motorcycle” when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.

The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it for a display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum’s current STREAMLINERSpresented by J&P Cycles exhibition.

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Streamliners Exhibit

The National Motorcycle Museum is located in Anamosa, near Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is open daily year around. On display are over 480 motorcycles from all parts of the world, board track racers from the golden era of American board track racing and a 1920’s service station plus bicycles, pedal cars and thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

2016 Vintage Rally recap

TWO NEW EXHIBITS RECENTLY OPENED 

DIRT RIDING USA_ 50 great Trials_ Enduro and Motocross bikes help trace the 1970_s and 80_s_ glory days of dirt racing and off-road motorcycle design on display for a limited time.

DIRT RIDING USA, presented by J&P Cycles. Nearly 50 great Trials, Enduro and Motocross bikes help trace the 1970’s and 80’s, glory days of dirt racing and off-road motorcycle design on display for a limited time.

BARN FIND_ Rusty_ Dusty and Crusty motorcycles and parts_ what might live in a barn near you_ Come see what we have found and displayed.

BARN FIND. Rusty, Dusty and Crusty motorcycles and parts, what might live in a barn near you. Come see what we have found and displayed.