ariel twin in a triumph frame?

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any one here have experience, or seen an ariel 650 twin mounted in a triumph frame? i found an ariel twin, and a triumph frame and bits, all for a decent price, curious if the mating is going to be worth it?

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The Ariel 650 (Huntmaster) twin engine was a fairly close copy of the BSA A10 engine.

Unity Equipe in the UK sells all sorts of conversion plates, so may have a set suitable for installing an Ariel engine into a Triumph frame?

Unity Equipe: http://www.unityequipe.com/
 
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I have a collection of British bike logo lapel pins. Among them is a Triton pin. Was that a Norton engine in a Triumph frame? Was such a bike made commercially?

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There are virtually an unlimited number of Triton variations out there, some VERY nice, some junk.

I'm currently building a Trump-Less, an '62 Triumph TR6SS 650 engine in a '66 Matchless G15 chassis.
 
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Tulsaalva said:
I have a collection of British bike logo lapel pins. Among them is a Triton pin. Was that a Norton engine in a Triumph frame? Was such a bike made commercially?

Al
Tritons were typically Triumph engines in Norton 'featherbed' frames.

After WWII, Formula 3 in England was 500cc, and the Norton 'Manx' was a superior engine to the JAP. Norton preferred to sell complete bikes, so racers in England bought Manxes, took the engine for their car, and sold the chassis, often with the gearbox. Since the Featherbed was the 'state of the art' in motorcycle frames in the '50s, hundreds - perhaps a couple thousand- Norton frames found Triumph or other British power.

Norton + triumph = Triton
Norton + BSA = Norbsa
Norton + Vincent = Norvin

The stereotypical cafe racer was the Triton.
 
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