adrie.degraaff wrote:According to "Yesterdays antique Motorcycles" there is a 1904? heavy rearcam Ariel in New Sealand, they where in the proces of buying when the owner died, the family didn't want to sell to them anymore.
So there is a opportunity.
I'll ask my New Zealand friends, but the shed is bulging with bikes to restore! About 25 years ago I came across a messed-about frame for one of these rear-cam Ariels (or Fleets), but even then I used self control.
Nice to see the 1904 Fleet Jerry. Longuemare carby, all-rod controls (no Bowden wires), rigid fork - all the hallmarks of the earliest model. Any ideas when the interesting pivoting combined stand-carrier was first used at Ariel? I've not seen it in any period illustration, but a number of the survivors have it.
The Fleet in the 2009 Pioneer Run photo looks to have a Minerva motor?