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1955 Triumph Ariel HS

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Saw this local, $1800. It's an old flat track bike. Wondering if I should buy it. I've worked on Brit stuff before. Although I doubt I still have Whitworth tools. Don't know if it has a title, but it looks like it has a plate.

And... in searching for an exhaust and muffler that would fit it, I ran into the same bike, nearly the same picture, with the same background, same price, in Maine, not Florida. Waste of time...

edit: Worse... in the other picture, I can see an address and phone number on a door. It's Ventura, California, and a Santa Ana phone number.

edit again... found the same bike for sale in Texas and Alabama. Probably an offshore scam.

1955 Triumph Ariel HS

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12 minutes ago, Pauly said:

Definitely should buy it. That bike is cool as hell. 

Yeah, but which one, lol. You know it's shifter and brake are reversed. Not easy to adjust to using those.

Besides, they sell for 4000 to 10000 depending on condition, it's a scam...

edit: ok, I found the real one in California selling for $4000.

https://www.cardealfinder.com/other-vehicles/motorcycles/1955-triumph-ariel-hs-54082.html

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I did find a BSA Victor 441 selling local, a parts bike, not completely assembled, but it's got a Pennsylvania title. Useless in Florida.

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Bummer.  Cool bike. 

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Ariels are pretty cool, one or two show up at Watkin's each year I've been. The coolest bike I've seen at Watkin's is this though

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It's been there the last 2 years. 

Info: https://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/2017/09/15/1956-nimbus-750-four/

 

There's also a replica of the Curtiss V8

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It has a shaft drive, and the brake is just a piece of metal formed into a V that presses into the rear tire (which was just hard rubber, no air involved). Set the land speed record in 1907 at 136mph. 

 

 

If anyone is interested in seeing a really cool collection of vintage bikes though, go to Brim's Imports in Kenton and ask if you can see his bike warehouse. Some really beautiful stuff in there. 

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