Ariel The Complete Story

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By: Mick Walker .

Ariel was one of the mainstay British motorcycle companies from its foundation in 1902 until its ultimate demise in 1965. During this time it produced many famous models from small-capacity commuter bikes right through to 1000cc four-cylinder superbikes.

Much of the early history of Ariel was overseen by the Sangster family, who became key figures in the birth and growth of the British motorcycle industry, and some of the greatest designers worked for Ariel over the years – men like Val Page, Bert Hopwood and Edward Turner.

Val Page was with Ariel, off and on, from the mid-1920s until the late 1950s. His first contribution was a series of single-cylinder models with ohv and side-valve engines, the basics of which would endure until the end of the 1950s, when a brand-new series of 250cc two-stroke twins – the Leader and, later, the Arrow – came from the pen of the same man. Edward Turner's most enduring contribution to Ariel was the immortal Square Four, most famous in its 1000cc version, but he also helped revitalize Ariel in the mid-1930s with the introduction of the famous Red Hunter range of sporting ohv singles.
Post-war, as part of the giant BSA group, Ariel slowly lost its independence, but not before a new range of parallel twins with 500cc and 650cc engines was introduced.

Ariel also enjoyed notable success in motorcycle sport – in road racing, motocross and, most of all, trials. In the latter, Sammy Miller's exploits on his lightweight 500cc HT5 are the stuff of legend.
In this comprehensive work, leading motorcycle historian Mick Walker brings the reader details of not only the bikes, their designers and their riders, but also the tempestuous politics of the motorcycle industry seen through the eyes of the Ariel brand name.

 


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Publisher Code:
1861266456
ISBN 10:
1861266456
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Published:
2003
Dimensions:
195x250mm
Pages:
208
Illustrations:
Hard Bound, colour and b/w ill
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9781861266453
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