My 1947 was a VB, before it got a VH top end.
45mph is really comfortable. 50mph is ok. 55 it feels urgent at and thereafter the tingly vibrations set in and it starts getting hot and bothered. Not that it will accelerate much there.
My friends BSA B31 350OHV was faster. However, the VB has it on the hills; it'll go up those with no trouble.
Probably not the ideal vehicle for long distances, as you're dicing with the lorries at those speeds, with no ability to get away .
However, plenty do distance on them; so what do I know
Manual reckons 65mph top speed and 70-75mpg:http://www.arielownersmcc.co.uk/members ... ingles.pdf
John "Josh" Nashwebmaster@arielownersmcc.co.uk
2009 royal Enfield,1978 t140 bonneville, '67 CJ750, 196-ish Ural M62 outfit, 1960 k750, ''51 kH500, ''49 soon to be Ariel bobber, 47 VH twinport, '44 Ariel WNG, '43 Ariel WNG, '41 Ariel WNG and piles of rusty scrap ....