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Trying to identify this bike

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:56 am
by pauldridge
I was contacted via our Ariel North America website by a fellow from Argentina, who has acquired this bike, and is asking if anyone can identify it (i.e. year and model). The only comment I've received so far from US members is that it looks to be a "bitsa".

Any intelligence would be appreciated

Ariel from argentina.jpeg

Re: Trying to identify this bike

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:52 am
by dave.owen
Mostly a post war VH 500 from 1951 or earlier .

Dave

Re: Trying to identify this bike

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:03 am
by adrie.degraaff
I don't think it's bitsa but a good 1948-1950 VH, the owner must have given the numbers so this is just a test for us.
The motorcycle in the background is a Matchless.

Re: Trying to identify this bike

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:23 am
by david.anderson
Top yoke is 49 - 50, rear mudguard stays 49 possibly 50, front brake plate painted which is correct for 49 but chromed in 50 (unless subsequently painted) so for me it is a 49 VH.
edit. actually the rear mudguard stay/lifting handle is tubular so 50
David