Ariel VHA500: history, specs, pictures

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Ariel VHA500
Also called VHA 500
Production 1952 - 1953
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 81.0mm x 95.0mm
Horsepower 23.47 HP (17.5 KW) @ 6000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. amal monoblock
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: dry
Suspension Front: grider forks
Rear: rigid
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 3.00-20
Rear Tire 3.25-19
Wheelbase 55.98 inches (1422 mm)
Length 85.83 inches (2180 mm)
Width 25.2 inches (640 mm)
Weight 168.0 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 0.9 Gallon (3.40 Liters)
Fuel Capacity 3.5 Gallon (13.25 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Ariel VHA500 was a single cylinder, four-stroke standard produced by Ariel between 1952 and 1953. Claimed horsepower was 23.47 HP (17.5 KW) @ 6000 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 81.0mm bore x 95.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 497.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


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


It came with a 3.00-20 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 rigid. The VHA500 was fitted with a 3.5 Gallon (13.25 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 55.98 inches (1422 mm) long.