Amazing a small outfit can do what HD can't...I love it and I will be in their corner....The dare to be bold. cool looking bike with innovative ideas ...The road to greatness is not for the meek...Excellent!!
The patent is for the design it self. A freind that was working for Kenny Deer said the bikes offset motor makes it fire like a twin. BIG engine pulses, I guess. It's quite clever. Those guys went out and hired a few F1 engineers to develop the motor. Should be ineresting to say the least.
Ariel did make a "square four" of 1,000 cc. I owned a 1949 model. It had the best sound of any motorcycle I've ever heard, but had some basic design deficiencies (like the intake, for example) that limited ultimate horsepower.
An Ariel square four owned/ridden by Sam Parriott won the very first "official" drag race, which was held at the Santa Ana (CA) blimp hangar base in 1949. He did somewhare around 118 to 121mph. It was built by AJ Lewis of Johnson Motors in Pasadena - the West Coast distributors of Ariel & Triumph. There were some beautiful cars there - mostly modified Model A roadsters with 180 degree cranks (sounded like an Offy), very chopped/sectioned and lowered with midget race car noses. I wonder what happened to them.
Actually, I was making a " greatly hyped new American sportbike that never hits the road" comparison. But yeah, there have been American sportbikes before, as anyone who's memory extends back farther than last week knows.
For the Memento-like types, though, American sportbike vaporware always trumps HD cruisers and Buell "yeah, but it's an air-cooled Twin!" sportbikes.
Fantastic that a small builder can come up with his own design and actualy build it to a production level.The down side is that the yuppy hype and lifestyle speak should be held back untill after the race, along with the bragging rights.Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope it can now live up to the reputation that has already been built.
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