Ariel VB600

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Ariel VB600
Also called VB 600
Production 1947 - 1958
Class Classic
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 86.4mm x 102.0mm
Compression ratio 5.0:1
Top Speed 77 mph (124 km/h)
Horsepower 17.57 HP (13.1 KW) @ 4400RPM
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: dry, multiplate
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: dual shocks
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 3.25-19
Rear Tire 3.25-19
Wheelbase 55.98 inches (1422 mm)
Length 85.98 inches (2184 mm)
Width 27.01 inches (686 mm)
Weight 167.8 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 0.9 Gallon (3.40 Liters)
Fuel Capacity 4.2 Gallon (15.90 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 3.04 liters/100 km (32.9 km/l or 77.38 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The Ariel VB600 was a single cylinder, four-stroke Classic motorcycle produced by Ariel between 1947 and 1958. It could reach a top speed of 77 mph (124 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 17.57 HP (13.1 KW) @ 4400 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 86.4mm bore x 102.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 598.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the dry, multiplate.


It came with a 3.25-19 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 telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a dual shocks. The VB600 was fitted with a 4.2 Gallon (15.90 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 55.98 inches (1422 mm) long.

1947 - 1958 Ariel VB 600[edit]

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The 1947 Ariel VB 600 has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 598cc, single cylinder powerplant mated to a four-speed manual transmission, and can produce a claimed 15 HP (11.2 Kw) at 4400 rpm. The key features for this post-war machine would be the laced wheels, a dual seat, plunger shocks as a rear suspension, a telescopic front fork, an analogue instrument cluster, a wide handlebar, full fenders, a large headlight and a drum braking system.