BSA Bosworth Bumble
A good mate of mine and I arranged earlier in the year a get together of the BSA Ariel 3 owners we had made friends with on Facebook. As always dates and times are everything when it comes to meet-ups, invariably one is the same date as another event and this stops folks from attending. The only date we could find was 18th and 19th of November. This of course presents other issues in terms of weather at this time of year, but we should of feared not as the sun was out both days, it was not warm, but the sun seems to keep everyone from turning into ice blocks. A stop for a coffee or tea was also planed on route to avoid the cold.
The Saturday morning saw myself and Nick arriving before everyone else and setting about getting our bikes ready for the event. Stan in orange and Henry in blue ready if needed.
Nick had also brought Charlie his orange Honda powered bike, and got his video camera all ready for the day.
Before long others arrived and we had a line up of eight bikes. Eight doesn’t sound like a huge gathering, but trust me when I say I doubt more Ariel 3 mopeds have lined up together for a road legal trip in decades!
The off was called by me and we started our bikes, one developed fuel problems straight away and had to pull out (thats two strokes for you!) the owners mate also pulled out at the same time. Nick had brought two bikes and couldn’t obviously ride two at once, so the road trip was down to five bikes, which is still a sight on the road.
Off we set heading south from Bosworth water, through the hamlet of Far Cotton, Shenton and onto Upton, where we all lined up for a camera shot next to the old fuel station pumps.
In all we covered a total 22 miles, one rider pulled out after one loop. Which in itself was three time further than it had previously run in a single trip.
the two loops were separated by a coffee at Shenton Station, where the lined up bikes attracted the attention of visitors to the station.
Here is a video of the first few miles of day one, Nicks video is from his Honda powered bike, so it doesn’t have the normal sound of a screaming engine about to explode of the normal Ariel 3.