No mention at all of the Polished STEEL flywheels and conrods that only came out on SOME hunters. To me that's one of the most significant features especially if you are interested in competition. (other than trials where a heavier flywheel might be advantageous). Better finished ports and maybe the cams profile used. Some were "guaranteed" to do certain speeds and maybe the finish was better . Nev
Hi, I thought that the major difference apart from colour scheme was: Hunters have a steel flywheel not a cast one The head was flowed Different carb spec The front wheel is bigger (not 19") Also VG had a valenced front mudguard
At least post war, that is.
But could be wrong.
They are all nice, anyway!
Keith Owen AOMCC Member 4296 1950 Rigid Ariel VH 1951 Rigid Ariel NH (under construction) 1973 Norton 850 Commando Interstate
The sales brochures for the single Hunter models up to 1953 state : Specially bench tested or Specially bench tested and tuned . I have seen reference to the bench test lasting for up to 2 hours but not found where this is 'officially' recorded.
So does this mean that every VH, NH, OH engine was setup with carb, exhausts etc and run ? Did they measure the HP as well? Be interested if anyone has any knowledge, hopefully with written references to this begin carried out.
An interesting browse of the Knowledge Base. The 1954 sales brochure uses the term 'Hunter' not 'Red Hunter' but in the 1955 brochure the models have become 'Red Hunter' once again.
Neither of them mention bench testing but both the 1954 and 1955 Competitions brochures mention a certificate of performance and bench testing for the HS but not the HT. The illustrations in the 1954 brochure clearly show 'VCH' on both the HS and the HT engines - a last-minute decision to change the names perhaps?