Road Tests: Benelli 250cc Barracuda Metisse; Yamaha 180cc Scrambler; Ducati 350cc Sebring; Benelli 50cc Dynamo; Features: Laconia 100 mile National Championship Road Race; Harley-Davidson 1969 Models and Specs; Hillclimb California Style; Test Tube Tuning (Dynamometer facility); Stardust 7-11 Cross Country Race; Custom Triumph with factory warantee; Racers Profile – meet the greats – Gary Nixon, Bart Markel, Dan Haaby, Calvin Rayborn, Sammy Tanner, Dick Mann, Dick Hammer, Skip Van Leeuwen, Fred Nix, Roger Reiman, Mert Lawwill; Sidecar Racing; Big Bear Tour; History of the Ariel Square Four; more
World’s most advanced motorcycle. Keep completely dry and warm on cool or rainy days behind the scientifically designed Ariel air-flow weather shielding. Ride in street clothes without danger of oil stains or mud splash. Enjoy real motorcycle performance and riding pleasure plus freedom from the necessity of special motorcycle togs.
Headed by the brand new 250cc Leader, a full range of popular Ariel models will be continued for 1959. Included in the range to be offered in the U.S.A. are the 1000cc “Square Four”, the 650cc “Cyclone” Twin, the 500c “Red Hunter” Single, and the 200cc ohv lightweight “Colt”.
This newest Ariel model incorporates all the weather protection advantages of the scooter, plus the snappy performance and fine road-holding of the motorcycle. The many entirely new design features include a super-streamlined body shell, concealed engine and working parts, extremely smooth power flow from the high-efficiency twin cylinder power unit, and a sleek, streamlined appearance never before seen in the motorcycle field; Also shown: Ariel Square Four, Cyclone Twin
Two great models from the Ariel high performance line. Cyclone – (above right) Powerful, fast, unsurpassed for blazing acceleration and honest dependability; Red Hunter – (above left) Handsome, reliable, and capable, the well known Ariel Red Hunter is an aloy head single offering brisk acceleration, top cruising speeds, fine riding comfort.
Cover Photo: Roy Burke, BSA Dealer of Portland, Oregon, and the 1955 Cross-Country National Champion by virtue of winning the California “Big Bear Run.”
Contents: Choosing the right spark plug; Kelley Appointed Zundapp Distributor; Big Bear Run; Indian Programs for 1955; Sportsman’s Hillclimb; Michigan News; World Tour; Triumph & Ariel Dealers Meeting; Sports Slants; New Horex Twin Announced; Early Birds; Motorcyclists in the News; Dealer Guide; Classified Ads; more
Red Hunter by Ariel. For over a quarter-century a famous name in motorcycling! For sheer motorcycling pleasure, there’s nothing like lusty, powerful “big single” performance! The 1955 Ariel “Red Hunter” is enjoying vastly increased sales throughout America as more and more riders rediscover the deep down satisfaction of lively single cylinder power delivery. this Ariel model is famous for smooth, quiet, and unfailingly dependable service under all conditions. And now a new, high performance Scrambler! The brilliant chrome and red Scrambler is fast making a name for itself in American competition! A super-tuned alloy engine and super sports specifications make this exciting model a natural choice for the off the road competition enthusiast.
Contents: Van Tech Yamaha; Changes in AMA; Harley-Davidson M65S Test; Headlight Technical; Teeny Weeny Mini Bike; Uni Skuzi; Treasure of Salmon Creek; Salon Ariel 1920; Ponderosa; Triumph Mountain Cub Test; It Won’t Start?; Yamaha Trail 100 Test; Hi Mountain Enduro; A new model from Detroit; Suzuki Trail Road Test; Miss Modern Cycle; Tote Gote Trail Test; more
Contents: Road test Yamaha SRX600; The Boy Racer – Jeff Clew continues his AJS 7R history; Running and Riding – Royal Interceptor – the alternative big twin; Classic Racing – The Historic GP at Jerez; Racer Test – Derbi’s Nieto Replica; Classic Archives – Looking back on the TT’s golden years; The Restoration Game – the trade and its tricks; The Bridgestone 175s; Laverda SFC – Breganze’s original “racers” for the road; Ariel Square Four; Fred Whitworh – introducing a classic character; more
Cover Story: The 50-Year Project – Walt Timme’s 1931 Indian 101 Scout just refused to die; Features: On the Road Again – a BMW rider’s 25-year voyage; Joe Gibb’s Ariel; How to safety-wire your motorcycle; more
In connection with the 1960 running of the Springfield, Illinois Fifty Mile National Championship, Mid-Western dealers gathered at the Hotel Abraham Lincoln for their Annual Dealer Dinner. The Sales Meeting was conducted by Mr. T.A. Hodgdon, President of BSA Incorporated, who introduced the new BSA 350cc Star Sportsman Model to the Dealers at this meeting. BSA dealers were honored by the presence, at their Dinner, of Mr. Lin Kuchler, Secretary of the American Motorcycle Association and Mr. John Abova, the A.M.A. Public Relations Officer.
Also: Hardy Arctic Explorers – Photo: George and Pat Todd of Bristol, England tell Ariel Export manager, Geoff Watson, how much they enjoyed their 3,000 mile ride on a Leader.
Cover Photos: T.T. for two – Dick Dorresteyn (76) and Joe Leonard (98) go over the jump at Riverside, Calif., track. Topper on the dunes – Harley-Davidson Topper Scooter at Death Valley.
Features: Berliner Inter-Continental Dealer Vacation; California T.T. Recap; Harley-Davidson Topper Scooter at Death Valley; New Ariel Arrow; Tote Gote -the hiker’s friend; Milan Show; Ascot; Boswell Touring Hints; more
Cover: The National Museum’s 1959 650cc Triumph TR6 Trophy Twin
Free Poster – 1970 750cc BSA Rocket III and 1969 750cc Triumph Trident loaned by the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, England; Racer Test: A 500cc Honda CB72; Classic Test: Twin or Triple? Commando vs. Trident; Rocket Man! Terry Hobbs restores our prize BSA twin; Leading the way – Earles challenge to the telescopic fork; Full metal motorcycles – ten years of Classic Bike; Ten out of ten – colour from our past; First Restoration – taking it all apart; Edward Turner’s pencil – Triumph stylist Jack Wickes remembers; Singles to rely on – Ariel’s dependable Red Hunters; Drag and sprint action; The two-stroke takes off – all about Adler; more
Exclusive URS Track Test – John Surtees rides this Seeley-framed grand prix machine; Dresda Triton – Triumph-engined Norton-framed street racer; Dave Houghton – world record-breaking sprint hero; Classic Bike Championship – Penultimate round; Difazio BMW R80S; Poster – Four-cylinder URS Solo; Classics to Buy – Ariel Leader and Arrow two-stroke twins; Mike’s Bikes – #4 of Mike Nicks favourite motorcycles – Norton Commando; A Day at the Seaside – annual public road racing thrash around the streets of New Brighton; more
Ariel wins top spot in the National Championship Hillclimb! York, Pa., Sept. 28: Earl Buck, veteran hillclimb expert and Ariel dealer in Hazel Park, Mich., smashed his way to victory in a brilliant ride over the top in the Class A National Championship Hillclimb. In establishing the fastest time of the day, Buck displayed fine riding skill as well as the terrific horsepower of his 40″ Ariel Cyclone engine…
Cover: Mike Barkulis cherry midwest panhead on the shores of Lake Michigan. Mary Ann Reaks waits in the background; Features: Cycle Rama ’73; Oil Coolers for Choppers; Test Jammin’ The Honda 750 Four; Collector Header Guide; Bolt-On Trike Kit; Trick Bike Mounts; Technical: Lifter Sifter; Shop Stop; Wide 15 for the rear; Hot Head; Cycles: Mirage (Sportster), The Electric Harley (Sportster), Stiletto (BSA), Shop Bike (Ariel Square 4), Wheeler Dealer (Harley), Little Devil (Honda), Orange Crush (Sportster), Buzzard (Honda); more
Cover photo: Rick McBride was on location in London for BSA, shooting pix for their new catalog, future ads and posters. This is one of them. The photo was taken in the Chelsea section of London, off of Kings Road. The models are a 1968 BSA 650cc Thunderbolt, Robert Campbell (from Australia) and Jane Solo.
Contents: Carlsbad Road Race / Gary Nixon; Midwest Showdown – Oklahoma’s 9-Mile Nat’l; Britain’s Race of the Year at Mallory Park / Mike Hailwood; Road Test: Jawa Californian II; Last of the Breed – Harley-Davidson’s KR Competition model; Enduro Time – Cayuta 150-miler and Sandy Lane; One for the road – MV Agusta Fours in road trim now in cutomers hands; Aggie – profile of J.C. Agajanian – auto & motorcycle racing promoter; Traveling motorcycles; Cactus Derby; 4 Days on the road; Corduroy Enduro; The Ariel Story; more
Contents: Triumph Trophy test – a touch of sanity amid the superbikes; Suzuki Rover Impression – fat-tired, funny looking and fun; Moto Guzzi 750 Sport first review; The Anatomy of a Honda Hawk, with color cutaway; Meet Mick Andrews; The racer that never raced – 1939 Supercharged Velocette Twin; Lightweight Tune-Up -you can do it!; The Pagan Special – TT-styled Triumph road racer; Rigid All The Way – stiffist Honda Four in town; Ariel Ballet – big singles can be customized too; Spitfire and Polish – Southern flavor in a BSA; Mikuni Magic; Barstow to Vegas; more
The first public showing of the Ariel motor tricycle was at the Crystal Palace Show in England in 1898, thus heralding the birth of a great marquee. Ariel was in competition with the French De Dion three-wheeler for the lion’s share of the motorized market. By being one of the first companies to produce motorized vehicles, Ariel established a reputation as a great pioneer in the motor industry of Europe. From this humble beginning a name, which was to become world famous, was born to take its rightful place in the annals of two-wheel history…