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by will_curry
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Article on Earles forks
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Article on Earles forks

As an aspiring master of trivia I have to point that it's 'Bob Currie'.

I met him only once and that at a VMCC Oxford Section clubnight probably in the early 70's.
His knowledge of the British motorcycle industry was encyclopaedic. It was a truly
memorable evening.
by will_curry
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Lucas electric motorcycle
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: Lucas electric motorcycle

Ah, many a true word spoken in jest.

Page 142 of Bacon's 'Book of the Gold Star and Other Singles' has
a photo of Jeff Smith - in a suit-and-tie sort of suit, not Barbour -
riding the Lucas-BSA prototype electric bike at, I think, Earl's Court
at the show in 1965.
by will_curry
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Pixie
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Pixie

The engine was a BSA engine, used I think in the Beagle. UK Pixies had a 50cc variant - the Beagles full 75cc was fitted to export Pixies. Val Page's original engine design was not used - Turner's revenge perhaps. There is an interesting story on the Pixie's development in American Motorcyclist Apr....
by will_curry
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Harold Lines ?
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Harold Lines ?

I knew I'd seen it somewhere . . .

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by will_curry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: Ariel NH350 Pre 65 Trials on ebay
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Ariel NH350 Pre 65 Trials on ebay

My personal preference would be for the W/NG. In my book it's more 'Original' but
I'm in the fortunate position of having both rigid and S/A triallers in the garage.
by will_curry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: Ariel NH350 Pre 65 Trials on ebay
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Ariel NH350 Pre 65 Trials on ebay

It's likely a built-up job as it was only registered in 1995 if I remember - I did look 'cause it interested me too and I'm not far away either. Being a twin downtube frame it will be HEAVY if you've any serious intentions of using it offroad and you might find the 350 a little challenged if its sti...
by will_curry
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: W/NG on Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: W/NG on Ebay

It looks to me as if it's one of those 'bikes that's been kept going over the years by replacing the parts which wore out with newer parts. I quite like the look of most of it - I hate dangling cables - and with the lights working and some more appropriate tyres I'd enjoy riding it. It's more Ariel ...
by will_curry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: What is this ?
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: What is this ?

There is a later IZH 350 two-stroke single with twin exhausts which comes along
to some of our ride-outs. It's an interesting green colour and it goes very well
along our country lanes.

Yours looks to be to the same excellent standard as your scrambler.
by will_curry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: What is this ?
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: What is this ?

IZH - Aren't they the people who make kalashnikovs?

Bit like BSA, FN &c. I suppose.
by will_curry
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Something I am rubbish at
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Something I am rubbish at

So I'm told, it's logical thinking that I'm rubbish at. Bryan has a gnome on a sidecar by his front door which set me thinking. I don't have a front door or a front garden so the choice was limited. I didn't what a gnome nd being an Ariel man a pixie was the obvious choice. They cost a fortune now w...

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