U.S. to “Buy British ” ?
As any filmgoer knows, the American police forces have long used motorcycles for traffic control purposes and. up to now machines built in the United States have invariably been preferred by the ” speed cops.”
British makers of motorcycles have tried hard to get a footing in the States, but until recently their efforts have not met with much success. At last, however, comes the news of anNnusual American interest in British machines.
A Californian police chief, last month, sent an enquiry to a prominent British factory—the Arid l Company—asking for details of the firm’s new four-cylinder product, especially with regard to its suitability for police work. His enquiry particularly relates to the maximum speed and, as this is of primary importance, it is interesting to note that the maximum of the British machine is very much greater than that of the most powerful police mount made in America. Another indication, of the States’
interest in British machines comes from a San Francisco dealer who, in a long letter to the Ariel Company, explains that he thinks the new product is likely to oust the American machine. In response to these American enquiries the Arid l concern has built up a special four-cylinder model on lines as nearly as possible approaching the ideal in the States. Long upturned handlebars are used, folding footboards, a foot-controlled clutch and a large pan-seat saddle,