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Re: Trials

Postby KeithC » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:56 pm

Fantastic looking bike John. My Idea of the perfect bike to go out and have some fun on.

Thanks for the advice on the frame. Don't suppose I'd be lucky enough to find another W/NG frame that has been run over by a tractor though but you never know.

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Re: Trials

Postby nevhunter » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:40 am

You can modify any early frame just as easy. The W/NG is raised by bending the rear members down just behind the seat. The VCH was shortened NOT raised. The alloy rearguard is right up against the gearbox. The adjuster pokes through the guard. Listed in the advertising catalogue as a Trials/Scrambles machine and available with the CP box as an alternative and a GP carb and HC piston option too.

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Re: Trials

Postby adrie.degraaff » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:36 am

nevhunter wrote:The VCH was shortened NOT raised.

Using the 1939 rearlugs of a 250, https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ariel-250cc ... Swa3BaILlv

The later ones where shortened and raised.
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Re: Trials

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:28 am

That is looking short, it would be nice to know wheelbase.
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Re: Trials

Postby TonyBaxter » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:52 pm

If you were to go the route of putting something together from bits and pieces, I do have a set of W/NG forks that I recently bought by accident. Well, I intended to buy them, I just thought they were something else !
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Re: Trials

Postby nevhunter » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:09 pm

You can see how close the rear tyre is to the gearbox. Just compare it to the normal clearance and make the adjustment. The W/NG forks are taller and fit the smaller front hub, which is narrower than the standard pre war front wheel with a smaller diameter axle. I wouldn't suggest altering the forks to fit the ordinary axle. Another option is to go with the Later Tele's. More travel, stronger. You "notice " the shorter frames. Not all a plus from the riding point of view. Easier to get the weight OFF the front wheel, which is probably part of the idea. Nev

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Re: Trials

Postby john.mitchell » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:26 pm

I forgot to mention - I couldn't find a prewar front wheel so that little bike had a postwar single sided wheel on it Not difficult to fit but with the brake on the other side.
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Re: Trials

Postby KeithC » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:33 pm

Thanks again for the ideas.

Tony, I'll have to now have a good think about which way to go. After the advice so far I've a feeling that buying a complete bike and modifying where necessary may be the easiest and cheapest way to go. With no clear aim in mind apart from an old Ariel to go out and enjoy it doesn't really make sense to me to buy expensive parts that might or might not get used or even be suitable. Buying cheaper parts from any years and models and getting them to fit is more my idea of a project.

John, in the same vein as above I would happily use any wheels as long as they were of around the correct vintage and British. I can make spindles and spacers etc.

Hopefully something will turn up in the near future.

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Re: Trials

Postby PeterW » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:40 pm

This might make a good basis
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/352233673951

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Re: Trials

Postby roger.fellows » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:08 pm

Do we 'know' the seller?


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