When the Leader
appeared in 1958 it offered an integral fairing
and windscreen and a dummy petrol tank that
was actually a luggage compartment, plus a host
of practical and decorative extras. But many
traditional motorcycle customers were not impressed
by its styling while others were being attracted
by the revolutionary Mini.
Its cost may also
have been too high and in an attempt to appeal
to the more sporting customer, as well as offer
a cheaper alternative , the Leader was redesigned
as the unfaire Arrow, launched in 1960. Again,
the styling was odd, but the machine was was
light with a decent performance and it was much
production was devoted to the new range and
in a good month well over 1000 were produced.
Tuning experiments upper the power of a works-developed
model enough for it to come 7th in the lightweight
TT and the position looked promising.
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