On the Buddy Holly / Waylon Jennings 1958 ARIEL CYCLONE,
under the engine seriel # CNLF4510, stamped on the left
crankcase, appears " HC8 " .
This stands for High Compression 8.3 or 8.5 to 1 compression ratio,
This proves the engine to be the special 40 HP Cyclone engine.
It does not prove that it is a Cyclone model motorcycle.
The base model FH or FHS " Huntmaster " could be ordered
with the 40 HP Cyclone engine.
Detailfoto von Sandy's feiner 1958er Maschine aus britischer Produktion von der Firma Ariel, die von 1898 bis 1965 gute Motorräder fertigte, unter anderem das von Buddy Holly.
"Attached picture shows the HC8 on my CNLF 5060 engine."
A Cyclone must have this 40 HP, HC8 engine, High Western ( USA )
handle bars, and the chromed sports mud guards, c/w with the small
Lucas # 529 tail light.
If it is missing one of these features then it is Huntmaster with some
For those that may be interested in more information about 1958 ARIEL CYCLONEs, the January 1959 U.S.A. magazine, " CYCLE " has a " Road Test No. 100 " on pages 14, 15, and 16. ( They did not know production had ended ! )
All Cyclones were manufactured in late 1957 ( as a 1958 Model ) and 1958. Some left overs were sold by dealers as 1959 and possibly 1960 Models. I see on the " Motorcycle Memories " web site that Dale Jackson may offer this, under 1959 magazines, # 18884.
For their own enjoyment, I encourage anyone interested in 1958 Ariel Cyclones to order the Cyclone Catalogue from Draganfly Motorcycles. ( just a few pounds ) It has great colour graphics and features three views.
1. View over gas tank from left rear ( a great shot to frame ! )
2. Right side view of motorcycle c/w features etc and " Twist the Grip and go like the Wind on this new Ariel - see for yourself what CYCLONE engine performance really is ! "