Clymer Manuals Ariel KHA Twin Vintage Classic Motorcycle Walk Around Video
Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at Dale Keesecker’s 1953 Ariel KHE Twin at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic motorbike was named Best British Motorcycle by Engle Motors.
Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.
The Ariel KHA Twin is rare. Approximately 450 were manufactured and most were sent to 39 export markets. The “A” models were made with an all-alloy engine and their own engine and frame numbers. The A models were only made for the 1953 season. An even smaller number were made in Coronation Blue. The color was chosen to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 2, 1953.
ARIEL MOTORCYCLES on WIKIPEDIA
Ariel Motorcycles was a British motorcycle manufacturer based in Selly Oak, Birmingham. It was one of the leading innovators in British motorcycling, and was part of the Ariel marque. The company was sold to BSA in 1944 but the Ariel name survived until 1970. Influential Ariel designers included Edward Turner and Val Page.
The original company was established in 1870 by James Starley and William Hillman to make bicycles. The name came from the first penny farthing bicycle, which was so light they called it the Ariel "spirit of the air". It merged with Westwood Manufacturing in 1896 and made a powered tricycle in 1898 with a de Dion engine. Hillman left soon afterwards to found Premier Motorcycles.
In 1902, Ariel produced its first motorcycle, which had a Kerry engine with an innovative magneto ignition and a float carburetor. In 1905, Ariel was taken over by Charles Sangster, who built a three-speed, two-stroke he marketed as the "Arielette", but his small factory closed on the outbreak of the First World War. In 1918, Sangster's son Jack took over and developed a motorcycle with a 4 hp White and Poppe engine that proved successful. Jack increased the range of motorcycles to include 586 cc and 992 cc machines and persuaded the designer Val Page to join the company. Ariel was merged with a company called Components Ltd. but this venture failed and in 1930, Jack was able to regain control and set up a new factory in Birmingham. One of their first bikes was the Ariel Square Four, designed by Edward Turner followed by the Ariel Red Hunter. The Red Hunter was a success, and made Ariel able to purchase Triumph.
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