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Ariel W/NG, 2 x 1 (Front view)

 
 

Front view

Picture courtesy of Fin Kløve Lassen, Vallensbæk Str.


Danish Army Specific: Approx. 800 units, new and used, delivered in 1946 - 47.
Here shown used by the MP detachment of the Danish Brigade in Germany after WW II.
Historical
: Ariel was one of many manufacturers in England to supply motorcycles for the war effort.
In August 1939 Ariel offered the 1939 VA 497cm3 OHV single for evaluation against the War Office's Norton 16H. They also tested the 1939 W/VA 497cc side-valve single which had been lightened. The Ariels performed very well, but by the end of testing Ariel had designed a new prototype, the W/NG.
The new 1940 W/NG was a 348cm3 OHV single that was based on a winning Scottish six-day Trials bike, and it was ready by mid-1940. The French government immediately placed an order.
The British War Office only rated it as "fair, for use only in emergency purposes" by August 1940. However, due to the massive evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940 and the loss of the majority of England's top equipment, the War Office began ordering replacement motorcycles from all British makers.
Ariel then supplied all possible models including civilian orders and even used bikes in good order. VH & VG (500 OHV singles), NH & NG (350 OHV singles), and even the VB (598cm3 SV single) models were put into service, although most of these only saw mainland war service for training & civil defense uses.
The W/NG models were supplied from 1939 - 45 and featured several unique parts over their production life. Dual tool boxes were standard, as were pannier frames, bags, rear carrying rack, and headlamp mask. Most rubber items were discontinued in 1942 - 43 due to severe rubber shortages, so the handgrips were made from canvas, the footrests were cast steel, and a solid clamp replaced the rubber handlebar mounts. In an effort to conserve aluminum alloy, a pressed steel primary chaincase and timing cover were used.
Length
: 2.13 m (84 inches).
Width: 0.76 m (30 inches).
Height: 1.06 m (42 inches).
Weight: 169 kg (376 lb.).
Engine
: Own 1-cylinder, 348 cm3 (21.2 cubic inches) displacement, air cooled, carburetor.
Horsepower: 12.8 at 4.500 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed, type Burman.
Electrical system: 6 volt.
Brakes: Mechanical.
Tyres: 3.25 - 19.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 16 liter (2 5/8 gallons).
Range: 340 km (210 miles).
Crew: 1 + 1.


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