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National Treasures

A look at the vintage motorcycles on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.


1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter

 1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter 

1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter

Engine: 248cc OHV, vertical single with twin-port head
Bore x Stroke: 61mm x 85mm
Transmission: 4-speed Burman
Suspension: Girder forks, solid rear
Weight: 350lb (dry, approx.)
Price new: 53 pounds 10 shillings (approx. $86 today)

1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter 

Once described as "The Most Exclusive Motor Cycle in the World," the Red Hunter was indeed the precursor to the world's most famous trials bike — 11 time successive British Trial's Champion Sammy Miller's 1962 Ariel HT5.

1939 Ariel 250 Red Hunter