Ariel Red Hunter
|Ariel Red Hunter|
|Also called||KH500, KH 500, KH500 Red Hunter, KH 500 Red Hunter, VH500 Red Hunter, VH 500 Red Hunter, NH350 Red Hunter, NH 350 Red Hunter|
|Production||1932 - 1959|
single cylinder, four-stroke
|Bore / Stroke||81.0mm x 95.0mm|
|Top Speed||82 mph (132 km/h)|
|Horsepower||25.48 HP (19.0 KW) @ 6000RPM|
|Ignition||lucas manual ignition control|
|Transmission||Gear box: 4-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Suspension||Front: grider forks
Rear: twin shocks
|Brakes||Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
|Wheelbase||55.98 inches (1422 mm)|
|Length||85.83 inches (2180 mm)|
|Width||25.2 inches (640 mm)|
|Seat Height||30.98 inches (787 mm)|
|Weight||352.74 pounds (160.0 Kg) (dry), 170.1 kg (wet)|
|Oil Capacity||0.9 Gallon (3.40 Liters)|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 Gallon (17.03 Liters)|
|Fuel Consumption||3.04 liters/100 km (32.9 km/l or 77.38 mpg)|
The Ariel VH500 Red Hunter was a single cylinder, four-stroke Classic motorcycle produced by Ariel between 1932 and 1959. It could reach a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 25.48 HP (19.0 KW) @ 6000 RPM.
The Ariel Red Hunter was quite a good looking machine for it's time coming in both 350 and 500cc sizes, it was produced from 1932 until the late 1950s. Sammy Miller's successful GOV132 trials bike was based on a 1955 Red Hunter 500. A late 1930s Red Hunter 500 was among the best bikes of its day, capable of well over 75 mph (120kph) and reliable at the same time. The Red Hunter handling was supplied by it's girder front forks and rigid rear end. Rear suspension was introduced in 1939. The hunter continued to be slowly updated during the 1930s. When production was recommenced after the Second World War, it received telescopic forks and an alloy cylinder head. In the 1950s it received an update frame.
The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the dry.
It came with a 3.25-20 front tire and a 3.25-19 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 grider forks while the rear was equipped with a twin shocks. The VH500 Red Hunter was fitted with a 4.5 Gallon (17.03 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 352.74 pounds (160.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.98 inches (1422 mm) long.
1932 - 1959 Ariel VH 500 Red Hunter
The 1932 VH 500 Red Hunter has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 497cc, single cylinder powerplant mated to a four-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 24 HP (17.9 Kw) at 6000 rpm. The key features for this machine would be the laced wheels, a parallelogram front fork, a hardtail rear suspension, a sprung seat, an analogue, tank-mounted instrumentation panel, a large headlight, a dual, mid-mounted, exhaust system, a blacked-out frame, and a drum braking system.
1945 - 1959 Ariel NH 350 Red Hunter
The 1945 Ariel NH 350 Red Hunter is a middle-class machine that addresses virtually all categories of riders. It sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 346cc, single cylinder powerhouse mated to a four-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 5800 rpm. Standard features include a tank-mounted, analogue instrument panel, laced wheels, a telescopic front fork, pluger shocks as a rear suspension, a drum braking system and a large headlight.