Pulp Vehicle: Vincent Black Lightning

Said James, "In my opinion there's nothing in this world
"Beats a '52 Vincent and a red-headed girl.
"Now Nortons and Indians and Greaveses and Harleys won't do
"Coz they don't have a soul like a Vincent '52."

Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

On September 13, 1948, at Bonneville Salt Flats, motorcyclist Rollie Free wrested the US motorcycle speed record from Harley Davidson atop a race-prepared motorbike custom built by the Vincent HRD Motorcycle Company, of Stevenage, England. In his first attempt at the record, the wind tore his leathers from his body when he reached 147mph. Undaunted, he removed the seat, stripped to his swimming trunks and lay down on the bike to take it to 150.313mph and a new record.

Vincent offered replicas of the bike, named the Black Lightning, by special order, price $1,500 (enough for a small family home in those days). Between 1948 and 1952 only another 28 were built. Vincent Black Lightnings remain one the most sought-after bikes in the world today - if you can even find one for sale, it'll set you back at least $250,000. Even the production-line spin-off, the Vincent Black Shadow, is highly desirable.

Val Char Base Points Total Roll Notes
1 SIZE 0 5 1 Length 2.52m, Width 1.26m, Height 1.26m, Volume 4m^3 Mass 200 kg, OCV +0, KB -1
15 STR 15 0 15 12- HTH Damage 3d6 END [1]
15 DEX 10 10 15 12-
4 SPD 2.0 20 4 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12
13 BODY 11 2 13
12m Ground Movement 12 0 50m
0m Water Movement 4 -2 0m
0m Leaping 4 -2 0m 33 Total Characteristics Points
Cost Powers END
16 Motorised two-wheeled vehicle: Ground Movement +38m (50m total), x4 Noncombat (43 Active Points); OAF Bulky (Standard tyres; -1 1/2), Only On Appropriate Terrain (-1/4), 1 Continuing Fuel Charge lasting 6 Hours (-0)
0 Ground vehicle: Swimming 0m (0m total)
Total Powers & Skills Cost: 16
Total Cost: 49
175+ Complications
10 Distinctive Features: Valuable motorcycle (Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)
10 Physical Complication: Two-wheeled vehicle (Infrequently; Slightly Impairing)
Total Complications Points: 20