Whatever Happened To Ariel Motorcycles?

When people talk about the history of British motorcycles, the conversation is typically dominated by names like Norton, Vincent, and Triumph. One name that should get more mentions among those iconic companies is Ariel Motorcycles, which ranked among the most recognizable brands in the U.K. for the better part of the 20th Century. Like many motorcycle manufacturers of the era, Ariel rose to prominence making bicycles, producing James Starley’s legendary ‘Ordinary Ariel’ high bicycle,¬†beginning in 1871.¬† Though the company

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