Big Sid Biberman has been tuning motorcycle engines for well over 50 years. He has a deep knowledge of Vincent bikes, an interest that began in 1950. He would own a Rapide in 1951 and tour the Vincent factory in 1953. Later, he'd develop a friendship with Phil Irving, Vincent's chief engineer and designer of the Black Shadow.
We ran into Big Sid at an event held at Restoration Werks, the classic motorcycle workshop in Louisville, KY. He's a friend and colleague of the shop's owner, Stephen Pate. Among talk of his travels, Sid briefly touched on the current topic of electric motorcycles, a realm that's far different from his mastery of internal combustion engines.