ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

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ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby tonupdave » 30 Jan 2014, 13:56

My other bike is an Ariel 500 cc single special :D ... The sprung frame is from 1954 and the all alloy engine is from a 1952 V.H.A. of which only 200 or so were made :o ...The engine is tuned with larger valves and lumpy cam timing, has polished steel flywheels (standard cast iron), :roll: standard Burman 4speed gearbox fitted to a swinging arm frame the rear has racing Girlings and the front forks modified to two way damping :lol: ....It has separate headlamp (standard fitted into a cowel) :oops: , stainless guards and the original Dunlop wheels and brakes??? ;) fitted with modern rubber...It easily will top 90mph on the speedo and returns about 70 mpg :?: , very light handling and lousy brake :oops: s...I bought this bike off a very good friend for £35 in 1972 the price I charged him in 1957 for a 350 A.J.S. ;) I have used this bike as main transport to and from my workplace until a big off in London didn't use it for a year :oops: , re commissioned it and the used it for fun and Classic rallies :geek: , Still running but not so much now as the old knees don't like kick starting :mrgreen: .....Its been at least twice around the clock now, on it's second rebore and third big end one ruined when replaced without the oil ways being lined up :roll: ........Try as I might I don't seem to down load a pic.
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby Cammy ST11 » 30 Jan 2014, 16:25

And the award for most smilies in a single post goes to...... :hmm:
Today as all days...
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 30 Jan 2014, 18:23

I love being right. If only it happened more often...
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby tonupdave » 31 Jan 2014, 12:39

That's it my son must have posted that, the bugger
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby tonupdave » 31 Jan 2014, 12:56

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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby mbrST1100 » 31 Jan 2014, 14:48

Nice vintage! :yes:
I envy guys who actually have the time at hand to go through with a project like this...
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby zebedeee » 31 Jan 2014, 15:51

Good looking bike, thanks for posting the picture, as a youngster like me (53) :D has never seen one before.
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Re: ARIEL V.H.A. 500 Special

Postby tonupdave » 31 Jan 2014, 20:19

It would be worth a lot more if it was an original V.H.A.....But that's the way I like it..
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