Arial Arrow

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Partac, Jun 1, 2011.

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    Partac Guest

    Partac, Jun 1, 2011
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    crn Guest

    They were actually quite nice bikes in their day if properly fettled.
    My bruvver had one, the only real problem was that the exhaust ports
    and silencers needed regular decokeing.
    A lot of the Arrows around today actually started like as Leaders
    and lost their panels to rot and damage over the years.
    crn, Jun 1, 2011
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    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake () unto the assembled multitudes:
    My first 'proper' bike (after a Lambretta SX200) was a Leader, a 1959
    ex-police bike, with a big hole in the false tank where the radio kit used to
    be which was filled out with a chunk of foam with a loose lid on top. It had
    long since lost its screen. It was pretty tatty and pig-ugly, but I had some
    good times on it, and it never let me down (mechanically at least, but it
    never pulled any birds :). Handled pretty well for its time too, even
    wearing Avon Skidmasters.
    A.Clews, Jun 1, 2011
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    Hog. Guest

    Point of order. I realise... now... that getting a bike as a teenager was
    not a strategy destined to attract the fairer sex. At least not the ones
    you wanted to notice.
    Hog., Jun 1, 2011

  5. Oh I dunno. I recall one day when out and about of my RD250 with it's
    blue over gold metalflake fairing and me in my matching blue with gold
    silk lining Rivetts leathers needing to stop and buy some snout and while
    doing so was accosted, picked up, taken home, sucked in and blown out in
    bubbles by a bird onna scoot and all because she was into blokes on bikes.
    steve auvache, Jun 1, 2011
  6. You are not wrong - I never pulled anything (not even the skin off a
    rice pudding) with my BSA Dandy - another contender for lemon-i/n-the-eye.

    In my defence, I wanted a nice little Excelsior Talisan Twin (£10), but
    the ole man insisted i had the BA Damndy as 'that old bike will always
    be breaking down'.

    Dandy broke down first at 273 miles and needed a new stator plate.
    Having got into the habit, it continued to break down until I gave up,
    and not consulting the 'expert', bought (£5) a 1941 G3 Matchless, which
    I took twice round the clock, chair on, chair off...
    Macabre of Auchterloonie, Jun 1, 2011
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    TMack Guest

    I remember a mate telling me how he seized both pistons and wrecked other
    engine components in his simply by shutting off the throttle for much too
    long on a lengthy stretch of steep, downhill road.
    TMack, Jun 1, 2011
  8. Wotcha.
    As a friend of mine once said
    "There's only one thing worse than a two stroke - and that's a British two
    ^..^ Lone Wolf, Jun 2, 2011
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    Hog. Guest

    I realised my mistake when I turned up one day in a new Ford Consul V6. the
    change in interest was profound.
    The fact that I was 17, with no car licence and the vehicle belonged to an
    old neighbour (I didn't like) who was on holiday, restricted the
    repeatability of the event.
    I didn't trash it however and the **** never did realise.
    Hog., Jun 2, 2011
  10. I had a lovely, reliable, smelly lawn-mower powered by a Villiers 2/ engine.

    My next-door neighbour gave it to me 'because it wouldn't go'.

    He was curious to know how it was that minutes after I'd acquired the
    thing I was cutting my lawn - well, the grass, anyway - with it.

    I had to explain the significance of the rotaty slideything over the air
    Macabre of Auchterloonie, Jun 2, 2011
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    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake Hog. () unto the assembled multitudes:
    Absolutely! My Leader was replaced by an *extremely* nonstandard and almost
    equally tatty BSA C15, which was probably even less attractive to the fairer
    sex than the Leader, if that's possible. My luck changed however with my
    full licence and my third bike, a Triumph Tiger 650...
    A.Clews, Jun 2, 2011
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    JB Guest

    *Superbly* done! Top bloody marks for having the front to do that!

    JB, Jun 3, 2011
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    Hog. Guest

    Yeah had I trashed his motor or had one of the teachers sussed my sudden
    change in fortunes it may not have been cool.
    Hog., Jun 3, 2011
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    Alfonso Guest

    I made the mistake of assuming the Arrow was a Leader without the panels
    but I was put right by a Leader owner. There were quite a lot of
    differences. I believe that when they were made standard 2-stroke mix
    as sold at the pumps had more oil than was good for it which is why they
    always went past leaving a blue haze behind them. Goes with de-coking
    the silencer.
    Alfonso, Jun 3, 2011
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