London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
7 June 2004
Black with gold
1930 ARIEL 250cc LB MOTORCYCLE
Registration No. Not registered
Frame No. L1000
Engine No. M2392
Engine: 248cc, side valve; Gearbox: 3 speed manual, hand change; Suspension: front, independent; Brakes: front and rear, drum.
Ariel was originally based in the centre of the cycle/motorcyle industry, at Bournbrook, near Birmingham, and the concern was one of this country's pioneer names in motorcycle manufacture. Their initial ventures concentrated on refining an existing concept, the De Dion tricycle, which they did by moving the engine in front of the rear axle, to give the machines better balance. Any rider of such Victorian tricycles can attest to this sensible modification as standard De Dion can have a tendancy to rear up like a horse!
By the early 1900s Ariel moved with the market to two wheeler motorcycles, their first machines now being powered by Kerry units, and then to White and Poppe engines. Very much akin to most British motorcycles of the period, they did however develop a consistent pattern well-engineered, sporting if conventional motorcycles which saw the company comfortably through the first world war and into the 1920s.
Throughout this time the models evolved, though usually concentrating on three primary models, a 247cc or 498 side-valve and a 993cc inlet over exhaust V twin. As the decade progressed, the company stepped up a gear, with its newly designed 498cc and 557cc singles penned by Chief designer Val Page, then followed the introduction of the legendary Square-Four, 498cc.
Just prior to and alongside the Square Four, Ariel also introduced a 348cc single and 248cc single of which this machine is a 1930 example.
Presented in excellent cosmetic order this motorcycle has been used primarily for display rather than use, but seems to represent a benchmark Ariel machine, which appears is complete in all major respects.
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