Righto, here we go then - my 1948 VH500 has arrived. It's years since I last owned a motorcycle at all (my last one was a Yamaha XV750) let alone a 70 year old Ariel, so this is going to be something of a voyage of discovery.
I'm going to have a lot of questions to ask - most of them on a really basic level to begin with - at least until I get some initial knowledge and info under my belt. But I shall be taking this nice and steady, and I'll familiarize myself with it as much as possible before jumping on and blatting off down the road.
To begin with I just wanted to post up some images for all to see. Some of these are actually from Andy Tiernan's original listing as they're better than mine and it's about to snow again so I won't be rolling it out of the garage just yet.
I think the machine is well sorted, it certainly seems like a good quality restoration by the previous owner. Every single nut and bolt appears to be brand new. My understanding is that this bike began life in June 1948 as a VG500, purchased from Slocombes of Neasden. Then at some point it was fitted with a 1947 VH500 engine.
So anyway, here it is, expect some highly technical questions from me, such as "how do I open the petrol cap". Actually I think I've worked this one out.
I'm in Gloucester, Simon. I've been to a couple of the local club meets in Newnham already - I can't believe how many people turn up. I'm looking forward to riding out there on a warm evening. What I have noticed already is that pretty much all of them didn't stop at just the one Ariel! The collective knowledge is amazing I must say.