In 1944 the firm was sold to BSA. After the sale, Ariel built two types of twins, the softly-tuned 500cc KH, which debuted in 1949 selling poorly, and the more powerful and successful Huntmaster which was powered by a modified version of the 650cc engine from BSA's A10. The Huntmaster however was it's own bike with a completely different frame from the A10. The Huntmaster was particularly popular with sidecar fanatics in the late 1950s.
|Also called||FH650, FH 650, KH500 Huntmaster, KH 500 Huntmaster, FH650 Huntmaster, FH 650 Huntmaster, FH650 Huntmaster Twin, FH 650 Huntmaster Twin|
|Production||1950 - 1958|
|Bore / Stroke||70.0mm x 84.0mm|
|Top Speed||92 mph (148 km/h)|
|Horsepower||34.2 HP (25.5 KW) @ 5600RPM|
|Transmission||Gear box: 4-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Suspension||Front: telescopic fork, hydraulic
Rear: dual coil springs
|Brakes||Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
|Wheelbase||55.98 inches (1422 mm)|
|Length||85.98 inches (2184 mm)|
|Width||25.2 inches (640 mm)|
|Seat Height||30.98 inches (787 mm)|
|Weight||399.04 pounds (181.0 Kg) (dry), 186.0 kg (wet)|
|Oil Capacity||0.61 Gallon (2.30 Liters)|
|Fuel Capacity||3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)|
|Fuel Consumption||5.10 liters/100 km (19.6 km/l or 46.12 mpg)|
The Ariel FH650 Huntmaster Twin was a twin, four-stroke Classic motorcycle produced by Ariel between 1950 and 1958. It could reach a top speed of 92 mph (148 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 34.2 HP (25.5 KW) @ 5600 RPM.
The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the dry plate.
It came with a 3.25-19 front tire and a 3.50-19 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake) in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork, hydraulic while the rear was equipped with a dual coil springs. The FH650 Huntmaster Twin was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 399.04 pounds (181.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.98 inches (1422 mm) long.
1950 Ariel Huntmaster
In 1944, after being sold to BSA, Ariel built the 500cc KH, which made its entrance in 1949 and the popular Huntmaster, powered by a slightly different version of the 650cc engine taken from BSA's A10. The Huntmaster had a great success because of its sidecar, which was added in 1950.