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Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont #463165
11/14/12 12:17 am
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So, I walk out on my back deck yesterday and I hear the rumbling of what I know must be a classic motorcycle of some sort coming down the road and I look up just in time to see an Ariel Square Four passing by. I probably got about a 2 second glimpse of the machine but what I saw beside the obvious Square 4 engine was a chrome tank with black paint on top and I think it had round badges. It really looked nice and looked to be in beautiful condition and sounded good.

There aren't many Brit bikes around that I know of and to see that in my locale means their is somebody else around that shares my passion for British machines and is most likely close by.

Now, I'll really be on the lookout. Every once in a great while a Triumph or BSA will come by but for the most part it's mainly newer H-D's and some Jap bikes. I always see them at the last second as there are trees that block most of the view coming and going!

Anyway, thought it was pretty cool !!


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

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Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463166
11/14/12 12:26 am
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Jon,

That was the ghost of Edward Turner!

Who else could it be?

!
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1978 Bonneville T140V PX
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463183
11/14/12 1:29 am
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One of the guys in my Antique Motorcycle club has two of them. Really cool!


JT441
'70 B44
'71 T120
'66 Spitfire
'85 Honda Shadow (the SO's bike)
'90 Honda Pacific Coast
'96 Honda Pacific Coast
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463195
11/14/12 2:46 am
11/14/12 2:46 am
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Back on the mainland!
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Back on the mainland!
Good luck on your Quest Jon!

Heading up to les Vert Monts tomorrow....

Steve


'77 T140J
"Vintage Bike". What's in your garage?

"The paying customer is always right."

Fitting round pegs into square holes since 1961...
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463203
11/14/12 3:19 am
11/14/12 3:19 am
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Central Virginia
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You never know what kind of bikes may be lurking just up the road, by someone who's keeping pretty quiet about them .....

Lannis


I stopped believing for a little while this morning. Journey is really going to be upset.
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463266
11/14/12 3:08 pm
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JB,

It could have been, but I couldn't tell with the full face helmet on laughing

Steve, it is nice out right now so hopefully it stays that way for you!

Yes, who knows what gems could be close by. I'm always looking. So many barns, sheds, old garages and old houses up here and woods surrounding farm fields there has to be some good stuff in at least some of them.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463483
11/16/12 1:14 am
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Well Jon, You could put an advert in the local penny saver weekly up there: "Buying older British motorcycles".
Or rent an airplane with a magnetometer and a GPS...
But Wait!


I hope no one from Homeland Security read that... shocked eek


Tom D. 1967 T120R Bonneville
Anyone know of a place that sells Loctite
by the quart?
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Tom D. 67 Bonny] #463489
11/16/12 1:50 am
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Tom,

I did that when I lived in Panama City, Florida back in the mid '90's and that is how I started ending up with a lot of stuff and how I found my '57 Triumph 6T. It is a good plan and one I think about every now and then. I don't know if I really want to do that now as I have been trying to downsize and if I bought all of what may be available I would have to sell it and then once I have it, I don't want to sell it!

I watch shows like American Pickers and I yell at the TV, "man, just sell it, you're not going to do anything with it" and in reality it is easier said than done because to many of us that one part may represent a whole bike, that dream bike project in the making and all the possibilities and "I'm going to use that one day", etc. etc. and it only snowballs from there!



Originally Posted by Tom D.67 Bonny
Well Jon, You could put an advert in the local penny saver weekly up there: "Buying older British motorcycles".


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463491
11/16/12 1:57 am
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what area of vermont are you, im in plattsburgh ny. bought my first triumph out of vermont last year 72 daytona..think theres a lot of hidden gems over there in the barns for sure just like my area.....

Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Tom D. 67 Bonny] #463547
11/16/12 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Tom D.67 Bonny
Well Jon, You could put an advert in the local penny saver weekly up there: "Buying older British motorcycles".


I'm afraid all you'd find with that would be the people with dad's old Triumph in the barn that they've been told (and made to think with all these "Reality" TV shows) that their $500 project is a rare jewel worth $10,000 and they won't take a penny less .....

Lannis


I stopped believing for a little while this morning. Journey is really going to be upset.
Re: Ariel Square Four in Central Vermont [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #463875
11/18/12 7:21 pm
11/18/12 7:21 pm
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Maui Hawaii
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Jon,
There used to be one here on Maui. It really confused the locals, I'll tell you. They would ask, "Wot kine Hawley is dat?"
I was the mechanic for the owner. I rebuilt the SU carb, tuned it up but it kept closing the gaps on the sparkplugs. I verified that it had the correct ones on there and it meant only one thing. The pistons were touching the plugs. Not good.
Anyway, it was a four pipe machine and a bobber. I thought you'd appreciate that but the owner sold it and it went back to the mainland. I think he got near 10k for it, motor and all.
I rode it all over this island. It sounded great. Some folks liken the sound to an Offenhouser race motor. It sounded like a little car to me. And very smooth indeed, but not very fast considering it was 1000cc.
I'd love to have one.
Bill


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1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.

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