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Re: 38 square

Postby Paul Slootheer » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Kevin,
obviously all was intend as a joke of course, but I can imagine you are fed up with spare parts, poor quality of both crafmanship by so called ''specialist'' and some times well-known spares suppliers. But taken that in account I'am 100% convinced Ariels can be dependable for long time running and for a long period! I do not know if you are following the adventures of Steven Carter? He has proven that this can be because he has done many, many thousends of miles come winter, come summer etc. In 2012 I did a 4200KM/2600mls trip on a 50's VH with a couple of Ariel owners overhere in Holland without any trouble. Before the bike came in my possession it did allready +100.000 km's. Oil changes where the only thing I did. I understand you have more then one Ariel, maybe that is the problem. Down sizing your stable maybe might help, just a suggestion though.
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Re: 38 square

Postby Simon.Gardiner » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:54 pm

Poor quality replacement parts isn't an issue confined to Ariels, it seems to be the modern way. And it does even affect BMWs..... :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: 38 square

Postby Kevin.Priest » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:55 pm

Yep I think downsizing is where I am going, I have some really lovely bikes but in my opinion all these bikes need regular use which in reality with my business is impossible.
I do have a lovely 31VB and she is first class! never let me down . Trouble is my wife wants to go on the Rally's too and as she rides a lot on modern bikes I am concerned what she would do in an emergency stop if the brake was on the other side so it limits me to which bikes I can take.

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Re: 38 square

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:44 am

One possibility would be to get a Vincent Rapide (after selling all but the 31VB!) and fit a cross over gearchange.
A mod made by them for the US market and still available from the spares Co.
Next problem is that you cant keep up with her on your 31 VB :D

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Re: 38 square

Postby adrie.degraaff » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:11 pm

A slooper has the brake on the otherside :D .

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Re: 38 square

Postby Johnguppy » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:45 pm

Reading the posting about the Magneto rebuild carried out buy someone recommended to him has turned out to him not being able to attend the clubs German Rally has made him sell all of his bikes , I can fully understand how he feels being an engineer and a garage owner his workshop would put many a main dealer to shame
who are the people who we all send our mags too
does your mag guy rewind magnetos to keep our spitfires flying , or keep very expensive cars running and offer a lifetime warranty and charge less than most are charging
Sorry Kevin if I had known it time I would have lent you my spare mag , I still have the sidecar you sold me would be interested in the bike it came off

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Re: 38 square

Postby nevhunter » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:29 am

I wouldn't see a Vincent as a superior rally bike , and yes I've ridden a few of them.
If you want to be part of it you must overcome the challenges one of which is finding people who can actually "fix" older bikes. Everyone says they can bit few understand the different technology of open valve motors that run quite hot due scanty finning etc. What people often look for when they get older is electric start and a sprung frame.
A 350 or 500 twin is heaps easier to start than a 500 single. You can kick them while on the bike.
A better ride can be obtained by fitting a bigger section rear tyre and running less pressure. Lighter bikes are easier to put on and off trailers. Some seat heights are too high to easily get on and off safely especially with wet weather gear on.
The major item making a bike troublesome is the electrical system . A magneto is self sustaining and independent of the battery and done up correctly is quite reliable if you just check the points now and then... Old coils break down when hot so a rewind for anything over 50 years old is almost mandatory. nev

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Re: 38 square

Postby adrie.degraaff » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:00 am

nevhunter wrote:I wouldn't see a Vincent as a superior rally bike

I totaly agree, not even with a Ducati clutch, electronic ignition, saw off Fiat dinamo, electricstarter and handlever midstand.

When the electric starter brakes down after a few starts your going to swap it for a few Ariel 500 singles (as i did), the Ariel club members are nicer too.

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Re: 38 square

Postby Johnguppy » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:42 am

does anyone know where my posting went ?

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Re: 38 square

Postby roger.fellows » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:54 am

I can see your post from early on Sat 1 Sep, John. Was there another? If so you'll need to send it again.


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