, until oh no! power is dropping off and lots of smoke and oil
pull over, tighten up the A/R lever centre bolt and unblock the oil cap vent I am away ( I'm getting the hang of this again
) 60 up the M3 cruise at 70 past fleet services and onto the M25 bloody hell
clear road ahead the M25 is not a car park today ok lets give her her head 70 80 and going strong fast lane and and start passing the dawdlers thats one sleepy open top Triumph Stag driver thats just had a sudden wake up call as a VH blasts past at 80 1969 is definitely back now, so she is back in the garage a few oil leaks to attend to and a bit of fettling and I should be right for the kent weekender Friday. when the chap offered her for sale at the Annual I said no I have two to restore already, bloody Ariels get under your skin, I have been wanting another one since I regretfully sold my NH in the 70's so 40 odd years later I have put that one right.
So here I am in Andover 108 odd miles away about to start and ride home my first Ariel since circa 1969, starting, managed to remember that tickle, slight retard, choke, decompressor third kick she's running, check oil is pumping lights and brakes ok, we are away, manage to ride it like a slight retard me not the bike for about 5 miles, gas up and onto the A303 cruise at 60 and 1969 and racing against my mates turbo twin down the Sidcup bypass on my NH is coming back
- 1958 VH 500
57VH 58VH 56HS IN A 58FH Frame, mortal remains of a 57NH 1999 FZS 600