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1939 Ariel W/NG

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1939 Ariel W/NG

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At the onset of the Second World War when bids for military contracts were being accepted in large conscription, the British War Department much preferred with BSA WM20 to any other motorcycle model. In fact, the Ariel W/NG was considered “for emergency use only.” While this came as a harsh blow to the Ariel company, they stayed on deck and went into a meager contract of military production.

At the Battle of Dunkirk and the panicked ally evacuations, nearly all heavy equipment was “deep-sixed,” meaning dumped into the channel in order to make room for the fleeing personnel. This included a startling majority of two-wheeled machines. The time had come for Ariel’s emergency vehicle supply.

Lo and behold - the Ariel W/NG was found to ride brilliantly. Against all odds, the rigid tail and springer-front-end handled far beyond expectation, and was more nimble than other ally war bikes. There is much documented footage of these bikes clearing sizable obstacles and even being hurled through the air with ease.

While hunting for vintage motorcycles in Rhinebeck, NY - we received word of an Ariel survivor in Canada - fully running! Naturally we had to bring it home to South Florida. As it sits today, our W/NG is nearly all original with only the paint having been restored some decades ago.

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