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ARIEL GOLDEN ARROW

This wasn’t my 250cc.Ariel Golden Arrow motorcycle but is the same as my friends, who was later my ‘best man’ at my wedding, who had one of these in the mid 1960’s. They were very fine machines and this is the quickest motorcycle I ever got to ride. Flat over the tank and throttle on the stop I managed to get near to 85mph.(137 kph) showing on the speedometer before having to brake hard coming up to a T-junction with the main road!! Well I was only about 17 or 18 at the time :)

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ARIEL GOLDEN ARROW

This wasn’t my 250cc.Ariel Golden Arrow motorcycle but is the same as my friends, who was later my ‘best man’ at my wedding, who had one of these in the mid 1960’s. They were very fine machines and this is the quickest motorcycle I ever got to ride. Flat over the tank and throttle on the stop I managed to get near to 85mph.(137 kph) showing on the speedometer before having to brake hard coming up to a T-junction with the main road!! Well I was only about 17 or 18 at the time :)

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 4 Mar 2014, 00:36
Elegant monocoque frame/body, and front swinging-arm suspension...common in the 60's.

Twostroke engines are pretty much a thing of the past since the 1990's.

Lovely shot of it, Brian, and I believe I can imagine you hunched down below that windshield, with your chest resting on the tank, and all goosebumps from the thrill of the ride.

smile
Brian Walbey: I do remember enjoying that ride, it was somewhat quicker than my 200cc.Francis Barnett. Mind you in 1963 another friend and I went to the Isle of Man for the TT.races on one of these, after 200 miles from home to Liverpool for the ferry we could hardly walk when we got of the bike.
Love the smell of a 2 stroke....cracking image
Brian Walbey: It is certainly a sound heard less and less these days.
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 4 Mar 2014, 07:11
A fine solid machine isn't it
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chris, but on a long journey a bit of a cramped sittng position. In 1963 another friend and I went to the Isle of Man for the TT.races on one of these, after 200 miles from home to Liverpool for the ferry we could hardly walk when we got of the bike.
It was a toss up for me between one of these and a Honda 150 cc. I had the Honda.It was a beautiful little bike and even had an electric starter and indicators
Brian Walbey: I had a good old 200cc.Francis Barnett, it went well but not as quickly as the Ariel, and were rally considered a bike for older men, still it got me about for a few years.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Mar 2014, 08:08
I'm afraid my only bike had pedals! But I can understand what a thrill it must have been.
Brian Walbey: I think most of my friends had a motorbike of some sort or other, as did most of the other lads where we lived. After having had one I would be sorry not to have done so, indeed I still had a Piaggio scooter until about 3 years ago. Maureen was relieved when I finally got rid of it.
Looks like it's got a few miles under its belt and many more to come!
Brian Walbey: Mostly old ones like this are ridden in parades these days.
memories memories Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed they were good memories of the 60's.Ronke, sadly one of our bunch met with an accident on his motorbike and didn't make it into his 20's, he's still mentioned from time to time.
They are so special machines with their typical look Brian!
Great capture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it was a nice bike to ride, for a 250cc.it was quite quick at the time.
Wonderful that you have a picture of it, Brian. Must bring back some good memories of that time.
Brian Walbey: I went quite a few miles on the back of this bike with my friend, but only got to ride it myself the once that I referred to, for the time it was very quick for a small capacity machine.
Pedals for me,Brian,but I remember these,very stylish in there time.
Brian Walbey: They were quite different to most of the machines being built in the 60's Frank.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Mar 2014, 17:22
I wonder if this is still going strong, Brian
Brian Walbey: Probably Lisl, it was on display at a rally of some sort, perhaps I should have jumped on and found out with a quick blast up the road smile
Mods and rockers? Down to Brighton for the weekend smile
Brian Walbey: That definitely wasn't my style John, although I had my small 200cc.motorcycle but when i went out I usually dressed more like a mod, seems a long time ago now.
A great name in working bikes!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Tom, before this machine Arial made all sorts of single cylinder bikes for riding to work and sports riding, but also their very famous square-four 1,000cc.machine.
This is a very cool looking bike isn't it!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Elizabeth, I wouldn't ride one now like I did that day all those years ago when i got a chance to ride one myself.

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