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by tony.barnett
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: improving VB performance
Replies: 19
Views: 6667

I guess reducing the weight has got to help - look for some fibreglass or ally mudguards, ditch the tool box and stands, ally rims, smaller fuel tank.
by tony.barnett
Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 250cc w/ng cylinder sleeving/new piston
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

350cc barrels are as common as muck - your friendly (sometimes) Single Spares person should be able to help. There really is no need to sleeve. They are quite common at autojumbles too.
by tony.barnett
Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: White & Poppe engine breathing
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Huw, My 1920 W&P engine does indeed have a breather onto the primary drive chain. I'd guess that this would be detrimental on a belt driver tho. My own TT Ariel seems to externally lubricate as well, including liberal coating of any drive friction surfaces, so I'd be interested in the outcome of...
by tony.barnett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Yesterday I went for a ride and this happened ..
Replies: 10
Views: 2181

Re: Yesterday I went for a ride and this happened ..

Here's my last "failure". Had been hearing the occasional "crack" coming from the rear of the bike...bad enough to make me stop and examine the bike but never found anything. I eventually noticed it when I was doing some work on the rear chain guard. I think the odd "crack&...
by tony.barnett
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: FOR SALE : 1930 Model F Blackie
Replies: 6
Views: 2285

£10000 to £12000???? Are they mad?
by tony.barnett
Mon May 30, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Yesterday I went for a ride and this happened ..
Replies: 10
Views: 2181

Re: Yesterday I went for a ride and this happened ..

john.nash wrote:So what happened to the valve .. looks like it have been nibbled in three different spots ... the worst bit you can see ..


You've burnt out the valve - no clearance on the tappet causing the valve to be slightly open. Same happened to me coming back from the Annual the other year.
by tony.barnett
Mon May 30, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: FOR SALE : Ariel SQ4
Replies: 0
Views: 1616

FOR SALE : Ariel SQ4

Just had a call from a chap called Roger Fellows. He has a SQ4 for sale. It was his fathers and he now has it. He thinks its a 58, although he would need to check the V5 to be sure. Its not been ridden for 5 or 6 years and currently is a non-runner, although he thinks he could get it going with an h...
by tony.barnett
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Exhaust valve stem wear
Replies: 1
Views: 825

They are from Single Spares Adrie? If so you should let Pete Kemp know about this.
by tony.barnett
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 1920 Ariel
Replies: 2
Views: 948

Cheers Dave. Parts I have, just need to make them look like wheels. I need to sort spindles etc. first though I guess.
by tony.barnett
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: 1920 Ariel
Replies: 2
Views: 948

1920 Ariel

I have a 1920 Ariel basket case (pics here http://forum.arielownersmcc.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=66 ) My plan is to fit drum braked wheels as I'd like to make the bike more useable, and am thinking about using 21" wired rims as this is as close as I can get to it looking right without usin...

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