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Old 01-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #136
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Always looked strange to me how the header pipes on the Ariel Square Four go right into the heads with no collar. You would think one of those star shaped cooling collars would help.
They did...for a while!

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Old 01-24-2012, 08:46 AM   #137
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"You would think one of those star shaped cooling collars would help."

Those collars are little to no help on exhaust temperature on a twin....on a Squariel, they would be ornaments at best
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:04 AM   #138
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what color was it originaly?







Mine originally when it was new was the same red/purple color of the last one posted. Dad had it resprayed a candy apple blue within the 1st year he had purchased it. The orange one posted above I believe was a stock color as well. This would have been the same color as the one I saw last summer. However, it was not anywhere near as clean and pristine as the one posted above.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:24 PM   #139
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i believe (?) this orange is more the original Rocket III orange- and not the sparkly orange pictured above... tho i could have it wrong.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #140
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That would be correct for the body styling that had the bread loaf gas tank. However, the body style I had, I've read that the lighter orange was one of the stock colors.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #141
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painted bsa's

I don't know about the purple, but if it's anything like the
Flambouyant red they used, your dad surely had a legitamate reason to paint it. Examples below;

2010 took and extra tank and painted to match the other components,
yet added the red and white graphics and a decal.



2002, The blue painted in 84 still holding up.
I painted two bikes worth of components back in 84,
and have yet to need the packed away set.



1976, having owned the bike 2 years,
I used paint remover and stripped the original paint to the metal.
Painted blue with rattle cans.



This repainted bike was an attempt to match the flambouyant red.



At 2 years old, "1974", my bike looked close to this example below.



Red fades to liver.

There is good reason to hang on to your old bike!
At one time, (late 70's) I put up a 2 week ad in the newspaper and never got a single call.
What was the unwanted bastard stepchild of the failing 71+72 bsa line-up
is now much more desireable than it was.

And like they say about McDonalds, I'm loving it!
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:01 PM   #142
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during the 2009 ride

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Old 01-24-2012, 01:19 PM   #143
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In '90 I was 20 and looking for some quick cash to put down on a new GB500. I let the Rocket3 go for $2000. I've regretted it ever since.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:42 PM   #144
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My new arrival. A 71 Rickman Enfield. It has just 1724 original miles and needs the brakes gone through and a little polishing.
I've read that the Rickman Enfields were the first "production" motorcycle to have front and rear disk brakes. "Production" in quotes because they wouldn't even exist if not for the death of Floyd Clymer, who had ordered a batch of the last Series II engines produced, for use in the Clymer Indians. The engines were on the dock awaiting shipment to Italjet for installation in the frames when the old man passed away, and the deal was cancelled.
The Rickman brothers bought up the engines and used them all in the Rickman Interceptors.
I still have a flyer advertising them sent to my by Dick's Royal Enfield West in San Gabriel California who had inherited the Cooper Motors Enfield business. Only $1995! Unfortunately, to this (then) 22 year old slacker, $1995 was way out of reach, so I soldiered on with this beat up and bodged old 1966 Interceptor.

Since there don't seem to be too many other R-E's in this thread, I'll repost pictures of mine, and include two early ones I just uncovered.
Yes, it has Triumph forks and a Triumph gas tank, with a Rocky Products Cobra seat. (incarnation 1, 1972)


Here's the same bike 8 years later. I'd located a set of Royal Enfield forks, a Royal Enfield gas tank (off a later Series II bike), but still very tatty, with the Cobra seat on it.


And finally, by 1984, I did a fairly credible effort at "restoration", after acquiring a few more genuine Enfield bits. Though still far from "correct".



This bike is destined to never be "correct". It's on the way to incarnation 4 now, which will be a cafe racer.

And here's my other Enfield, taken in 2005. I could post it in the vintage American thread too, since it's titled as an Indian. It's also under restoration. Target date; May 2012. Purpose; to return it to original configuration. The valenced mudguards are way wrong. It's a 1958 Tomahawk, which should have light alloy fenders, and look like more of a scrambler than the heavy road bike it is in this picture.
(the tube I'm holding contains the britbike.com "bottle of Guinness" which was ferried around US and Europe by various britbike owners over a period of several years, and did a circuit at the Isle of Man TT. I don't know where it is now.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:47 PM   #145
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And I have to post this one, since it's British.
Ticking off an item from my "bucket list"; Ride a Vincent Black Shadow.

Talk about out of reach, this one was auctioned in Monterey for over $70,000 a few weeks after I got to ride it. I was asked to take pictures of it for the auction catalog.

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:39 PM   #146
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In '90 I was 20 and looking for some quick cash to put down on a new GB500. I let the Rocket3 go for $2000. I've regretted it ever since.
never let another one go if it's paid for. post ads around the state asking about it? it really isn't all that big a world...
if you push hard enough you might find it? still got the GB500?
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:46 PM   #147
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Since there don't seem to be too many other R-E's in this thread, I'll repost pictures of mine, and include two early ones I just uncovered.

thanks for posting the RE pix!
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(the tube I'm holding contains the britbike.com "bottle of Guinness" which was ferried around US and Europe by various britbike owners over a period of several years, and did a circuit at the Isle of Man TT. I don't know where it is now.
sweet! ha, you were part of the Coast-To-Coast Guinness Relay? funny you should post that pic. the bottle Gunness you're holding there is now in Morgan's (britbike.com owner) "Museum", at his home in Sweden.


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Old 01-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #148
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never let another one go if it's paid for. post ads around the state asking about it? it really isn't all that big a world...
if you push hard enough you might find it? still got the GB500?
I no longer have the GB500. I sold it to fund a rebuild on a '75 CB400/4 which I then sold to finance the purchase of my '08 Bonneville T100.

Here's the CB400/4 I had rebuilt: Sorry for posting in the Brit thread. :)

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #149
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I no longer have the GB500. I sold it to fund a rebuild on a '75 CB400/4 which I then sold to finance the purchase of my '08 Bonneville T100.
i'd call it the *cycle of darkness*...
but seems you are getting back on track, and the "fever" lives within you.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:09 PM   #150
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