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Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:30 am
by JohnLay
Hello, despite owning and ridden motorcycles for over 50 years I have never owned Ariel of any sort, until now that is. Bought sight unseen apart from photos from H&H auction.Very brave, or possibly a bit dumb. As it happened the machine is in excellent condition very pleased with it. As delivered it wouldn't start, could barely kick it over, however reading this forum soon identified the problem, sump full of oil. Drained it all out and poured it back into the oil tank, two kicks later and it's running like a Swiss watch, sounding wonderful. Just waiting on the DVLA now, should be on the road soon.

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:46 pm
by brenton.roy
Hi John,
welcome to our forum. If you are after advice, there's no shortage here.
What model did you buy?

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:52 pm
by JohnLay
1952 500cc twin KH Has an AOMCC badge so my well have been owned by a member in the past.

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:10 pm
by dave.owen
Looks very much like the kh owned by the late Chris Read.

Dave

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:51 pm
by JohnLay
Thank you Dave, a quick check of the paperwork from the auctioneers shows it is in deed Mr, Reads machine, clearly a well looked after motorcycle.

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:05 pm
by robjameson
That indeed is the KH owned by the late Chris Read. It was restored (and the restoration documented on this very forum) by myself and sold to Chris to aid a house purchase. I understand that Chris did a not insignificant amount of fettling after buying from me.

Prior to my ownership it had been sitting in the garage of the late Ralph Hawkins since 1983, and was sold to me by his widow, Bea, in I believe 2014.

Good to see it has reappeared.

I wonder what Chris did with the valve I installed to stop it from wet sumping?

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:34 pm
by Simon.Gardiner
robjameson wrote:...It was restored (and the restoration documented on this very forum) by myself...

Aha - that'll be this one then!
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=3898

SG

Re: Another new member

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:01 pm
by simon.holyfield
Excellent! Welcome aboard John.

Re: Another new member

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:07 am
by JohnLay
Thank you Robert for the info. and Simon for the pointer to the restoration thread. It is always nice to know a bikes back history, something that's not always possible.

Re: Another new member

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:04 pm
by markus.nikot
Chris joined last years Annual Rally with that KH.
Markus