Ariel Leader twin-cylinder, two-stroke motorcycle, 1963.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Ariel Leader twin-cylinder, two-stroke motorcycle, 1963.

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Description

Ariel began producing bicycles in the West Midlands in 1870, and in 1898 made their first powered vehicle, a tricycle using a de Dion engine. Introduced in 1959, the Ariel Leader's radical design was intended to appeal to the commuter market by combining the performance and handling of a motorcycle with the weather protection normally only available on a scooter. The Leader was powered by a 250cc engine giving it a top speed of 69 mph. In common with most of the British motorcycle industry, Ariel struggled to compete with Japanese imports in the 1960s, and closed in 1967.
 

Image Ref.

10221362
 

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