Hi all, well as helping a friend with his W/NG, I now found myself frequenting the two stroke forum as I have purchased an Arrow. Well, sort of.
It has been owned since 1970 by a friend who is now moving house, and I have bought the bike from him. He only rode the bike a little, and therefore has not been on the road since '71.
It looks like a Golden Arrow, (colour wise), but the engine has a 'T' suffix which makes that at least a late Arrow. It came with an old green log book, which has that 'T' number on it, so all is good for re-registering it with the original number.
Well, actually it gets more confusing.The chassis plate is in a terrible state, and at first I could only make out one digit, pretty much in the middle, and it's a '5'.
The engine number and matching number on the log book do not contain a '5' anywhere.
On even closer inspection, I am 95% sure the suffix is just about legible on the plate, and it seems to be an 'A'. That would make it an early Leader !
I think to decide what the bike started out as, I should see if there are remnants of indicator wiring, grey paint under the white, and what size the petrol tank is.
As far as registering it, I would like to keep the original number, so have obtained a new chassis plate, (often I believe they are missing), and will stamp it to match the engine and log book.
But I would be interested in working out what the bike started life as. Are the basic frames of the Arrow and Leader identical ? I do have some Leader bodywork, so assume it would not be too difficult to turn it into a Leader in the future.
Any thoughts ?