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Ariel Motor Organization announce the launch of the newest addition to the Ariel family members – the Ariel Ace motorcycle. The Ace represents the initial new motorcycle from Ariel for over 50 years and builds on a history that began in 1870 generating revolutionary bicycles and patenting the spoked wheel. More lately known for the iconic Atom, Ariel have been popular throughout the last century for innovative motorcycles such as the four cylinder Ariel Square 4 and the two stroke, pressed steel frame Ariel Arrow. The new Ace reinforces Ariel’s tradition, both old and new, of all that’s best in British innovation, performance, quality and craftsmanship.
The new bike will be created in low volume by Ariel at their factory near Crewkerne, Somerset in quantities of amongst 100 – 150 motorcycles per annum alongside the Atom sports automobile. Orders are now being taking for the Ace with production beginning at the begin of 2015.
The Ace builds on the long standing partnership among Ariel and Honda, that began with the Ariel Atom. The new motorcycle functions a Honda 1237cc V4 engine and drive system combining the greatest high and low volume engineering, components and production values collectively with a bespoke build method that has never ever been observed just before on a production motorcycle.
The special way that Ariel builds vehicles allows every single motorcycle to be tailored and fitted to individual customer decision to give them specifically the bike they want and to personalise it to their personal use and taste. From low riding cruiser, through street and naked machines, to super sport bikes the Ace will be constructed to owners’ certain requirements and desires. Adjustable footrests, brake and gear lever plus various seat heights and handlebar configurations let the Ace to be personally fitted for each and every rider, whatever their size, to give the best riding position. Having been referred to as the ‘Savile Row of the Automotive World’ Ariel have a tailor produced approach to developing automobiles that isn’t feasible at high volume and reflects the possibilities achievable only in low volume production.
This distinctive strategy builds on motorcyclists’ wonderful interest in individualising their machines and creating them unique. With the Ace a fantastic number of alternatives will be available on ordering the bike to enable each a single to be built giving a personal, but very carefully made and coherent outcome. Variants of front and rear suspension, low and higher seats with pillion options, different sizes of tank, handlebars, wheels, exhausts, bodywork and far more, as effectively as colours, finishes and supplies, will kind an comprehensive choice list to ensure that every Ace motorcycle is completely exclusive to its owner.
Mentioned Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, “Motorcyclists have a genuine passion for their machines. They like them to be individual and they want them to be their bike, not just yet another bike identical to hundreds or thousands of other people. The usual route is to get a standard bike and then add various aftermarket components to adjust the bike into what they want. However with the Ace the uniqueness is constructed in as the bike is made and every 1 will be as person as its owner.”
“The first photos show just two various possibilities of specification for the bike, but the combinations are practically endless and we program to continue to add further choices in the future. At Ariel when we recognize what a consumer wants, what ever it is, we can build the bike they want.”
Each Ace motorcycle will be handbuilt by a single Ariel technician in an individual develop bay, as with the Atom sports car, providing consumers an even greater degree of individual partnership with the build of their motorcycle and the person creating it, to the point of getting capable to visit their bike in create. Only when an Ariel technician is happy will the motorcycle gain his private develop plate and move on to final testing and inspection. Said James ‘Reg’ Feiven, chief technician at Ariel and element of the Ace design team, “Nearly every Ariel employee holds a full motorcycle licence and we’re passionate about motorcycles in all their types as nicely as good quality. The only stress we have when building any Ariel, whether or not it is a motorcycle or a automobile, is to make positive that it’s definitely right. And 1 of the greatest rewards we have is seeing the smile on a customers’ face when they come to collect.”
The Ace is also upgradeable more than a period of time. Owners of Ariel Aces can return their bikes to the factory exactly where upgrades, modifications and new alternatives can be fitted to adjust a customer’s bike for various utilizes or to modify the specification at any time. This is a technique that has been incredibly effective with the Atom, exactly where owners have kept their vehicles for numerous years changing them as their personal priorities or interests alter.
Developed by the in house Ariel team the Ace respects Ariel’s previous although looking forward with innovative concepts and design and style. The unique exterior perimeter space frame is identifiably Ariel and reflects the visible chassis of the Atom but is distinct to the Ace both in material and style philosophy. Styling of the bike picks up on both traditional values and future trends in globe superbike style. Employing CAD and conventional clay modelling methods the Ace was created virtually and also in full size in Ariel’s personal studio facility. Said Simon Saunders, “The several combinations of components produced the style phase especially challenging as we had to guarantee that any Ace performs as a coherent whole. Motorcyclists have a deep understanding of their machines and will appreciate the style, engineering and particular manufacturing methods that have gone into the Ace. To us a machined from billet component or a piece of carbon fibre is a gorgeous point and I know that bikers feel the exact same way.”
Specialist engineering was carried out by Greg Taylor of GTME, who has extensive expertise in low and higher volume motorcycle design and style. Engineered to higher volume standards to make sure the highest top quality of components, fit and reliability the Ace was made throughout in 3D CAD with components tested practically ahead of prototypes. In depth FEA (Finite Element Evaluation) was conducted on frame, suspension, subframes and prototypes have been subjected to dyno, strength and fatigue tests as effectively as objective ride and handling research.
Efficiency from the Ace has been aimed at the average rider getting able to extract comfortable and consistently attainable overall performance from the bike, with a best speed of 165mph and -60mph figure of three.4 seconds. Mapping and fuelling is carried out to Ariel specification despite the fact that overall power output remains comparable to the Honda VFR at more than 170bhp. Stated Simon Saunders, “We looked at an out and out, super lightweight race bike but they are already out there and are so far beyond the skills of most riders that we took the choice to generate a truly rapidly bike that was easy to ride and inside the capabilities of most riders. Our motto is Significant Entertaining and those two words completely encapsulate what the Ace is all about.”
Rates for the Ace aim to commence at £20,000, including tax in the UK, with a complete choice list to let each bike to be tailored to order.
The Ace characteristics a machined aluminium frame, alternatives of suspension and different fork designs including Ariel’s personal girder front finish, Honda VFR1200 V4 engine in manual or DCT type, shaft drive, three distinct seats with pillion possibilities, 3 distinct fuel tank capacities, bodywork choices, handlebar and clip-on variants, different, adjustable footrest and handle positions, wheels, tyres plus a wide variety of finishes, materials and colours.
Heart of the Ace is an aluminium frame machined from solid billet with welded building which is widespread to all variants of the Ace supplying mounting points for different subframe, fuel tank, body and suspension possibilities. In no way ahead of seen on a production motorbike the detailed engineering and beauty of functional form apparent in the frame follows a tradition established by Ariel with the Atom.
The load bearing frame, which exceeds market rigidity standards, carries the engine, various seat packages, front and rear suspension as effectively as providing a security cell for the fuel tank. Produced from six person billet aluminium sections every frame requires over 70 hours to machine just before being welded with each other. Each and every frame is then anodised for protection and distinct colour finishes are accessible to improve consumer selection and individualise the frame to each bike. The widespread frame also permits upgrades and modifications to be produced to the Ace throughout its life.
Diverse head angles, by way of interchangeable eccentric bearing holders, are achievable to tune the rake angle for different uses from 21.8 degrees to 28.four degrees, with a regular mid-point of 25.1 degrees for neutral handling. Head angle is set by Ariel during develop or can be altered when the bike is serviced.
Engine and transmission
The Ace uses the Honda V4 VFR1200 Unicam engine creating on the connection 1st observed in the Ariel Atom which uses a Honda Kind R engine. The very best recognized previous Ariel motorcycle was the 4 cylinder Square four introduced as a 500cc in 1930 establishing into a 997cc machine that finished production in 1959. The use of the transverse, water cooled Honda 76 degree V4 builds on this four cylinder tradition and was selected for its power, flexibility, compact size and sophisticated technologies. At 1237cc and with 173bhp and 129Nm of torque the V4 offers huge efficiency but remains within the potential of the typical rider. Throttle by wire technologies has been combined with Ariel’s fuel mapping and intake system to give progressive and responsive energy delivery all through the rev range. An critical addition is the singular V4 exhaust note released by Ariel’s different exhaust systems making the Ace an aural as properly as visible delight.
The Honda VFR engine also provides Ariel the ability to offer you the Ace in manual and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) type adding however additional to consumer decision. The six speed sequential manual provides normal motorcycle transmission while the DCT version can be used in fully ‘Auto’, ‘Sport’ or push button ‘Manual’ mode. This combined with the Honda shaft drive program mean absolute option plus total peace of mind for Ace riders and the total reliability that Ariel buyers have come to anticipate. From a 6 speed sports bike to a totally automatic extended distance cruiser the Ace can deliver.
The Ace features front suspension choices of telescopic forks and the exclusive Ariel girder front finish. Made from machined aluminium the Ariel girder forks give an option to common telescopic forks which result in better handling, really feel and sensitivity but at the exact same time feel familiar to any motorcycle rider. Due to the multi bearing best and bottom suspension arms, compliance is greatly improved and stiction lowered over standard telescopic forks offering much better response more than distinct road surfaces and undulations as effectively as beneath braking to corners.
As an all new suspension technique the challenge for Ariel was designing the girder fork suspension technique to feel familiar to motorcycle riders. To achieve this kinematics (movement of the wheel via its suspension travel) and wheel price (spring rate measured at wheel make contact with patch) had to closely match that of a telescopic fork suspension system. Though it is an totally new and unconventional system it consequently feels reassuringly familiar to a rider employed to telescopic forks. Featuring the newest Ohlins TTX dampers and springs which supply separate rebound and compression damping, together with spring preload, the Ariel girder technique can be set up by owners to supply the precise level of response for their personal distinct demands and riding style.
To give additional decision to Ariel clients the choice of Ohlins Road & Track telescopic forks are obtainable, tailored especially for the Ace. Providing optimised weight and ultimate telescopic fork functionality the Ohlins units come with rebound, compression and spring adjustment, tuneable for the use of the bike. As with the girder forks the head angle is adjustable in build or at service to offer distinct levels of steering response according to use and customer wishes.
Rear suspension is by Pro Hyperlink single sided cast aluminium swing arm, containing the shaft drive, with choices of different gas damper. Once again an Ohlins selection with compression, rebound and spring adjustment is obtainable tuned especially to the Ace. Both front and rear suspension are further tuneable by Ariel to provide distinct heights, spring prices and unique use requests.
Wheels, brakes and tyres
Front brakes are Nissin 320mm dual floating hydraulic discs with six piston callipers while the rear are Nissin 276mm disc with two piston calliper (plus park brake with DCT transmission). All versions of the Ace have electronic ABS brakes with each other with switchable traction control. Options of Brembo brakes will be available when the Ace goes into production and after final testing has been signed off. Goodridge hose and fittings are utilized throughout the Ace for all brake and clutch lines with an option of Goodridge Kevlar hose and lightweight fittings.
Wheels are 5 and seven spoke alloy with the alternative of BST complete carbon fibre and aluminium lightweight wheels produced specifically for the Ace. The carbon wheels show a 50% weight saving more than the alloy wheels and centralise weight due to the lighter rim, resulting in improved efficiency and handling.
All Aces will come with a decision of Dunlop tyres. With an association stretching back to 1895 when Dunlop and Ariel properly shared Trademarks and made bicycles it is particularly fitting that the partnership need to be rekindled with the Ace. While Dunlop went on to concentrate on the production of tyres Ariel concentrated on cycles just before moving on to powered cars a couple of years later, then cars and motorbikes. Dependant on the use of every single bike Ariel can decide on from a wide variety of Dunlop tyres to suit the use and purpose of every bike. The bikes pictured are fitted with Qualifier ll and GP Racer GPD211 tyres, utilised to massive success in this year’s TT Races.
At the centre of the Ace modularity is the interchangeable bodywork and seating. Different bodywork is accessible with different tanks, mudguards, huggers, radiator covers, belly pans, screens and fairings. All are available in regular composite or carbon fibre. A choice of regular Ariel colours will be offered plus the option of paint to any colour essential or unique paintwork and colour schemes. The fuel tanks are offered in 3 different capacities from 14.1 to 21.three Litres. Further fairings, screens, tanks and seats will become offered as Ace production progresses.
3 versions of seats are available – low single seat, with additional and removable pillion passenger seat, a dual seat and a solo sports seat. The low seat characteristics a seat height of 745mm permitting all riders to have both feet firmly on the ground and has the selection of a swiftly added or removed matching pillion seat. The low seat shown demonstrates just one particular of the possibilities for person material and trim choice. Created by a Master Saddler, who holds a Royal Warrant, the seat utilizes three different sort of leather and contrasting stitching. The nearly limitless possibilities of colour, material and trim plus the use of master craftsmen to tailor each and every bike to exacting standards demonstrates the care and consideration to detail feasible with Ariel’s distinctive production capability.
A slightly higher dual seat is a second alternative, again with trim, material and stitch options and functions stowable/foldable pillion foot pegs. This feature also comes on the low pillion seat and enables the rider to just fold up the footrests when not in use, making a clean line but creating pillion footrests offered when essential. The footrests lock in position when up or down released by a pull knob on the back of the footrest support.
The greater solo seat enables for a far more sports riding position and once more is accessible with a selection of trim choices and various seat padding as nicely as a full carbon fibre selection.
3 levels of footrests will be obtainable – low, mid and higher – to complement the various seats and attain the preferred seating position for every client and their use. All controls and footpegs are made from machined aluminium, once more obtainable in different anodised finishes, and are also adjustable to various attain positions. To accommodate the a variety of position possibilities distinct foot levers are obtainable which are also adjustable for attain and height.
Handlebars are offered in different heights, as nicely as finishes, in addition to clip-ons for telescopic forks. Hand controls have standard motorcycle controls such as hazard and headlamp flashers and the DCT selection functions mode selection, push button gearchange handle as nicely as a parking brake. The DCT version has no clutch or brake lever, all systems being controlled by electronics automatically or by manual buttons on the hand controls.
Instruments and electronics
Instrumentation is via a Race Technologies LCD dash, also discovered on the Atom. The instruments feature programmable gearshift lights plus multi screen information that can be set up and scrolled by way of by the rider. Control buttons are on the left hand side of the Ace behind the headstock. Readouts for RPM, speed, oil stress, water temperature, voltage, ambient temperature and fuel with further warning lights for ABS, traction, indicator, low fuel, principal beam and neutral plus a master alarm method give the rider information covering all elements of the bike. A further choice is the addition of a information logger that can show actual time performance as well as log to an in constructed SD card.
The Honda HISS (Honda Ignition Safety Method) is employed on the Ace, collectively with a important activated steering lock. Further Tracker systems are offered as choices on the bike. Switchable traction control and electronically controlled ABS are both standard on the VFR as are standard Honda diagnosis and service connections allowing service functions to be carried out swiftly and efficiently.
All lighting on the Ace is LED, with a 140mm headlight featuring cutting edge optics, which mimic natural sunlight, housed in a lightweight, die cast aluminium housing. Tail, brake light and indicators are also LED driven for far better efficiency and longer life. Battery and electronic components are housed below the seat and tank units.
Further components, bodywork, tuning components and accessories will be created as component of a continuing Ace design and engineering programme to further expand client option. As with the Ariel Atom new parts will be retro-fit compliant enabling Ace motorcycles to be upgraded more than a period of time or as further developments are created.
Ariel’s objective has been to bring with each other the really highest requirements of design and style and engineering, in a range of technically intriguing supplies, with the craftsmanship and particular expertise that are accessible in low volume production. The ultimate goal was to produce a single of the very best and most interesting motorcycles in the world. The Ace is the result of this and puts the Ariel name back on two wheels as well as 4.
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