The Red Hunters Ride Again: 1939 and 1947 Ariel Red Hunter

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1939 and 1947 Ariel Red Hunters
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Shawn Doan aboard his 1947 Ariel Red Hunter single port, which he rode to the annual Norton rally last summer, a 2,500-mile round trip.
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1947 Ariel Red Hunter single port.
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1947 Ariel Red Hunter single port.
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The 1947 Ariel VH Red Hunter has a standard single-port engine.
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Ariel VH Red Hunter.
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Everything you need to know is on the gas tank, from speed to time of day.
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Engine on the 1939 twin-port looks almost identical to the 1947 except for tell-tale twin exhaust headers. Gas tanks are identical except for color.
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Engine on the 1939 twin-port looks almost identical to the 1947 except for tell-tale twin exhaust headers. Gas tanks are identical except for color.
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The ‘39 twin-port’s chromed dual high-pipes really make the look.
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A 1939 Ariel Red Hunter twin-port.
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A 1939 Ariel Red Hunter twin-port.

Ariel VH Red Hunter
Claimed power:
26hp @ 5,600rpm (est.)
Top speed: 85mph (est.)
Engine:
497cc air-cooled OHV vertical single, 81.8mm x 95mm bore and stroke, 7.5:1 compression ratio (stock)
Weight (w/half tank fuel):
1939; 370lb (168kg)/1947; 350lb (159kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG:
3.25gal (12.3ltr)/45-65mpg

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