This has become something of a legendary track with a life of its own, since featuring on Thompson's 1991 album Rumor & Sigh. An ode to a motorbike, but much more of course.
"When I was a kid, that (the Vincent Black Lightning) was always the exotic bike, that was always the one, the one that you went "ooh, wow". I'd always been looking for English ideas that didn't sound corny, that had some romance to them, and around which you could pin a song. And this song started with a motorcycle, it started with the Vincent. It was a good lodestone around which the song could revolve"