A six-piece aircraft-grade billet aluminium chassis mimics the Ariel Atom’s, takes 70 hours to fabricate and has an adjustable head angle, from 21.8° to 28.4°. The swingarm/shaft drive is from the VFR1200. You can choose any front end on your Ariel, from the standard Showa forks, Ohlins forks, to a milled aluminium girder front end like this, fitted with a fully-adjustable Ohlins TTX shock. The Ace is stable at speed and in fast corners, but it’s slower-steering in the tighter stuff. Ride quality is excellent and other than seeing the linkages bobbing up and down by the clocks, you don’t notice the girder front end, which is a compliment to this unusual suspension layout.
The Ariel’s 170bhp V4 Honda VFR1200 never got to shine in the donor sports touring bike, but in the Ace it’s electrifying. There’s oceans of torque and mountains of power. You can choose between manual or DCT gearbox.
Famed for their obsessive attention to detail in their cars, Ariel has lavished the same level of love and care on the Ace. Everything from the Ariel Atom-aping chassis, girder front end, adjustable rearsets, brackets, fasteners, bodywork, LED lights and seat is right out of Bimota’s book of creating mouth-watering exotica. With Honda power and running gear reliability won’t be a worry.
Like the Ariel Atom the Ace is a low-production, hand-built machine and that comes at a price.
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Traction control, ABS, traction control, shaft drive and Nissin radial brakes are all standard, but you can choose any level of spec depending on the size of your wallet.