A few years ago after a British Motorcycle Owners Club meeting we rode to a local cafe for a coffee. I was on my Vincent with my girlfriend on the back. My friend Chris was right behind me on his Ducati Panagale. We got to the cafe, and Chris said, wow that Vincent can really accelerate. I am pretty sure the Panagale has about 170 HP and the Vincent about 60 HP, but the Vincent gets going right away. My bike is pretty standard and it easily does 100 MPH in third gear. I am not sure how fast it can go in fourth. The only mods are 8:1 pistons (standard late Shadow spec) 105 cams, and 34mm carbs. I does tend to leave other bikes behind. I have a 900ss Ducati 1975 and it is way faster than the Vincent, while having some similar power characteristics, I am sure the Panagale has double the power of my 900ss but still the Vincent has the grunt to get going really quickly.