After a 50-year hiatus, Ariel Motorcycles has finally revealed its new motorcycle called the Ariel Ace. Production of the Ariel Ace will start early next year and it be limited to 100-150 units per year.
The 2015 Ariel Ace has a lightweight tubular aluminum frame made of six individual billet sections, all of which takes more than 70 hours to machine before being welded together. Furthermore, each frame is anodized for protection with different color finishes are available upon customer’s request. Ariel Ace’s aluminum frame also has several mounting points to attach various parts, and its steering head angle can be set using eccentric bearing holders in various degrees for the rake angle, from 21.8 degrees to 28.4 degrees (the standard in 25.1 degrees).
The heart of the 2015 Ariel Ace is a 76 degree, 1237cc, Unicam, V4-engine borrowed from Honda’s revolutionary VFR1200F. The engine is linked to a six speed manual transmission, providing 171 hp at 10,000 rpm and 95 ft-lb of torque at 8750 rpm, and accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 3.4 seconds before hittin a top speed of 165 mph. The bike also uses the VFR’s shaft drive system, a ride-by-wire throttle with a custom fuel mapping. Honda’s dual clutch transmission system is available as option.
The Ariel Ace is offered with two types of front suspension and different fork designs including a custom girder front end by Ariel.
Breaking duties handled by Nissin 320mm dual floating hydraulic discs up front with six-piston calipers, while the rear is fitted with Nissin 276mm disc with two-piston caliper. Ariel also offers Brembo brakes as an option. All versions of the Ace are come standard with ABS and traction control.
The 2015 Ace is also offered with three different fuel tank capacities (from 3.7 gallons to 5.6 gallons); three different seat settings including a single seat with removable pillion, a dual seat or a solo sports seat; three different foot control positions; different handlebar heights and finishes; clip-on variants; adjustable footrest and control positions; wheels and tire options. Ariel’s LCD display is similar to the one used on the Atom, with a data-logger with an SD card reader is available as optional feature.
Pricing details have not been revealed.