Napoleon Bar End Mirror I suspect that the original fitment mirrors don’t do it for most people aesthetically speaking. Our bar end mirrors are an attractive and cost effective alternative.
Two’s…… a pair! Not sure about the above title from a grammatical point of view, best ask Lynn Truss. Or not. Our bar end mirrors are sold singly and fit either side since the stem swivels through a full 360 degrees. This not only provides the ultimate in adjustability but also allows for the mirrors to be folded neatly out of the way for parking or negotiating narrow gaps. To order online visit our online shop. We use paypal to process our payments which allows you to use your credit card even without a paypal account. Orders are dispatched 1st class in the UK and free of additional shipping charges. Join the many thousands of classic and modern classic riders experiencing the unbeatable Napoleon bar end mirror and a vibration free rear view.
Ariel Owners Motorcycle Club. After a couple of weeks of touring we ended up in Sweden and after the rest of the group returned to England I carried on and rode the bike to the North Cape. Foolhardy on a fresh restoration but it made it and by the time I returned home 5 or 6 weeks later the bike had covered over 5000 miles. Not trouble free by any stretch of the imagination the bike featured quite a lot of impromptu mods by the time I returned to the UK.
Handsome as ever but in need of improvement The bike still looks fairly good overall and the paint will clean up nicely. Its brush painted with International Paints Japlac but don’t get any ideas about the usual dull streaky brush finish. This paint will give a fantastic finish with proper preparation and careful application. It flows into a deep glossy finish that can be polished up once dried. The depth of shine defies belief and in my opinion is actually better than many sprayed finishes. Anyway I digress. The bike is not and probably never will be totally original. It of course has one of our alternator conversions fitted but on the less salubrious side of things there is a digital bike speedo in place of the Smiths Chronometric originally fitted. Levers are modern alloy items with a longer throw to lighten the clutch. Cosmetically the indicators look a little of place but most the jarring omission is the missing chrome flash to each side of the tank and wheel rims powder coated silver to keep costs down. I’m not quite ready to splash out on having the tank re-done yet but it would be nice to do something about the wheels…… Draganfly Motorcycles in Suffolk. Brass nipples are to follow but the first job now the rims are here is to strip the old wheels down, paint the hubs and start lacing up. It’s been a few years since I built up wheels from scratch but I’m sure it’ll come flooding back!
Dorothy Levitt, sporting motorist, journalist and activist noted in her 1909 book “The Woman and the Car: A chatty little handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor” that women should “carry a little hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving” so they may “hold the mirror aloft from time to time in order to see behind while driving in traffic”. While this may not have been practical manoeuvre in early vehicles, which usually required a surfeit of attention just to maintain forward motion, it was a good idea nonetheless. As a pioneering feminist she also advised women travelling alone to carry a revolver! Ray Harroun, an American racecar driver most famous for winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 used a rear-view mirror mounted on his car during a race in 1911. Perhaps foreseeing Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “Simplify, then add lightness” this created great controversy as the rules specified a riding mechanic be used as lookout. Ultimately the innovation was allowed and when asked about where he got the idea for using the mirror during the race, he recalled that he had seen a similar arrangement all the way back in 1904 on a horse drawn vehicle.
Elmer C.A. Berger, an inventor of the early 1900s is officially credited with the invention of the rear view mirror. Patenting the idea in 1921 he named his device the “COP-SPOTTER” and it was produced by Berger and Company. Now interned at the Hollywood Memorial Park, Elmer is buried alongside Mama Cass Elliot. Keep that one under your hat for the next pub quiz. With regard to motorcycles there is often some confusion over the fitting of mirrors. Referring to the Road Vehicles (construction and Use) Regulations 1986; it is stated that that a two wheeled motorcycle with or without a side car attached are exempt from being required to having mirrors fitted however if the vehicle was first used after 1st October 1978 any mirrors fitted must comply with certain standards. Rear view mirrors do not form part of the current UK motorcycle test so it possible to present a bike for test with no mirrors even if they were fitted as original equipment. However most riders will testify that having a good quality mirror makes riding in all traffic conditions safer and more pleasant.
improved oil pumps from Morgo and in the last couple of years newly manufactured con-rods. Once properly rebuilt this four cylinder engine can offer good levels of reliability. Proper maintenance and regular oil changes are a must but any owner of +60 years old vehicle will do that as a matter of course. With coil ignition the Mk1 and Mk2 Squares have always been reliant on a fully charged battery to keep going. Unfortunately with the original 70 Watt dynamo things were at best marginal. Our 300 Watt conversion based on modern 3 phase internals from Nippon Denso solves this problem entirely. Not only that it fits without modification and as you will see below is only discernible from the original on close inspection. Ariel Square Alternator conversion in 2010 sales have been steady. The hand built units are made to order and the numbers sold are not significant in the scheme of things. However one has to consider that the market is limited by the number of surviving Ariel Square Fours. There are estimated to be only a few thousand of the 15,000 originally manufactured still in existence. Amazingly bikes such as this continue to surface after decades of hibernation and we are pleased to be one of the companies helping classic bike owners restore and improve these machines. Supplied with full instructions and a fitting kit the alternator can be installed on your bike in a few hours. Reliability has been perfect and the built in sold state regulator works with both lead acid and modern gel type batteries.
Jim Redman really used this product? It’s difficult to imagine the turbo visor would have been effective and just as hard to think that anyone would have bought one. However we were recently amazed to find that it is once more available from Demon Tweeks.