Ariel Ace Roadster Review
A long-lost British brand is a hit with this exciting roadster:
With its simple paint and framework almost concealed by a huge, aluminium frame in form of bridge, and a large Center V4 engine, the Ariel Ace seems a radical custom motorcycle or perhaps a machine concept, designed to draw attention, but without the possibility of being produced.
In fact, ACE is thus on the road to invention that is V4 engine comes from VFR1200F Honda. Turns the first bike of the small business based in Somerset Ariel which has already established a strong reputation in the world of four wheels with his lightweight sports car Atom.
Car enthusiasts will see an echo of the Atom in striking the Ace skeleton. Classic bike riders, on the other hand, know Ariel as one of the great names of British motorcycling. The signing Birmingham was famous for a single cylinder “kickers” and the Plaza of glamorous four, which was built in various capacities until 997cc for almost 30 years until Ariel ceased to produce in the middle of the 1960s.
The production of motorcycles was part of the Simon Saunders ‘ when Ariel was the name for two decades. The 61-year-old former designer of GM and Porsche is an enthusiast of motorbikes whose resume includes working in Norton and sign Dutch superbike ephemeral Van Veen.
Further success of Saunders with the Atom with Honda engine has been useful in negotiations with the Japanese giant to supply its engine V4 1, 237cc, which is mechanically unchanged and producing 173bhp.
It is a machine to measure, offering customers a selection of components, including the front suspension. This dramatic beam arrangement, which complements the design of the frame, can be replaced by telescopic forks. Handlebar, fuel capacity and the size and the height of the seat can be diverse furthermore Honda dual clutch transmission is obtainable.
A constant is that the Ace will be stimulating for mounting. That great V4 is ideal for the task, combining deep sophistication and ease of transmission shaft with RAID performance. It also has an attractive character, long legs that are reinforced by the exhaust system of Ariel, which burbles threateningly.
Ace driving position is deliberately relaxed and spacious; Saunders knows that most of their customers will not be particularly young. The stretch that slightly raises the handle feels natural. The low ability to maneuver supports seat of a bike that is pretty heavy, about 240 kg, although useful lighter than the VFR donor.
That weight reduced, combined with fresh fuel, helps give the exciting Ace and controllable acceleration. It is a good bike to cross soft or attack roads; at least until the exposed riding position becomes scratchy. The team Saunders is operational work on a slight fairing that will be retro-fittable.
The handling is a walking safe and stable, while the front suspension of the beam system is well controlled by a single Ohlins; there is another on the back. With abundant large Dunlops grip and fierce braking through 6-piston Nissin calipers front, the only drawback is that the chassis footrest limit under lying. But the ACE is not intended to match the pace of his brother Atom on a track, while greater adjustment footrests are among the many options.
Other drawbacks are few. Exposed wires of the usually hidden Honda engine and rubber hoses seem incongruous in a bicycle that will cost him US$ 31,975 in basic form with telescopic forks, and potentially much more depending on the specification. But the finish of the well-used prototype is not representative of the new ACEs.
The Atom has already won the 19-strong operation Ariel a powerful reputation and many enthusiastic customers. The Ace is good enough to match it with that achievement, with what one’s long lost marques Britain bike to life in considerable style.
The Facts Ariel Ace Test
Price / on sale: from US$ 31,975 depending on the specification / 04 2015
Power / torque: @ 10,000 rpm 173bhp / 95 lb foot @ 8, 750 RPM
Maximum speed: 170 mph (estimated)
Verdict: Dramatically style, artfully designed and fun powerful V4 roadster that returns the recognized brand Ariel to motorcycling impressively
Telegraph rating: Four stars of five
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