Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sid Biberman Nov. 24, 1930-June 22, 2013

"Big Sid" Biberman, a legendary drag racer and Vincent tuner, passed away in Louisville, KY on Saturday, June 22.

Sid first came to attention as the creator of "The Rattler", one of the fastest drag bikes of its day, in the Mid-Atlantic region. Later, Sid owned a motorcycle repair shop in Virginia; it was the kind of place where, when you walked in, there was always something interesting in a state of disassembly. It'd be a Vincent, or a Brough, or a Laverda... Sid was a magnet for the rare and exotic.

Sid's son Matthew is an English prof and writer. He wrote a book about his relationship with his father -- a relationship that was resurrected as, together, they created a 'Vincati'. 

Sid, Matthew, and their creation -- a tuned, '50s-vintage Vincent motor set in a '70s-era Ducati frame -- are featured in this video from Jay Leno's web site.

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