1956 Model VH
500 c.c. RED HUNTER SINGLE
Engine: Vertical O.H.V. 81.8 x 95 mm.= 497cc. (3.22 x 3.74 = 30.4
cubic inches). Cast iron cylinder and aluminium alloy cylinder head with
valve seat inserts. Vachrome top piston rings. Crankshaft mounted on two heavy duty roller bearings and one ball bearing. Double row roller
big end. Gear drive camshaft Push rod operated over-head valves. Lubrication: double plunger pump. Chain driven magdyno. Manual ignition
control. Amal 'Monobloc' carburetter with air cleaner.
Frame: Duplex cradle type, fully triangulated, ensuring great rigidity.
Swinging arm rear suspension. Hydraulic damping. Rubber bushed pivots.
Lugs for sidecar attachment either side. Thief-proof steering lock. Stands: easy-lift spring-up central and strong tubular front, also prop stand.
Front Forks: Telescopic with hydraulic damping. Attractive headlamp
hood and fork cover with built-in illuminated instrument panel, containing
speedometer, ammeter and lighting switch.
Hubs: Full width light alloy fitted with heavy duty ball bearings
front and rear. Powerful central brakes with non-fade linings. Car type fulcrum
adjustment. New quickly detachable rear wheel.
Transmission: Four-speed gearbox, foot control. Three-plate dry clutch.
Engine shaft shock absorber. Polished aluminium oil bath primary
Handlebars and Controls: Adjustable, chromium plated, 7/8 in. diameter.
Petrol Tank: Rubber mounted, enamelled and lined with chromium plated motifs. Quick action filler cap.
Mudguards: Wide D section. Back end of rear guard detachable for easy wheel removal.
Equipment: Ariel design dualseat and pillion footrests. Trip
speedometer 120 m.p.h. (180 km.p.h.). 7 ½ in. headlamp. 56 watt dynamo.
12 amp. Battery. Stop and tail lamp. Reflector. Electric horn. Tool box and tools. Tyre inflator
Finish: Superbly finished in best quality Deep Claret enamel.