Ariel has more recently been known for producing quirky-looking space-framed Atom sports cars with fearsome power to weight ratios and superbike levels of acceleration. But now they’re back making bikes. The Ace is a modular concept, so you can have any style you want from the cruiser shown here, to a super naked. Build quality is superb, it comes with a Honda V4 soundtrack to die for and has scintillating performance. It’s the best bike Honda never made.
Riding the Ace for the first time at Goodwood in 2014, it certainly peaked our interest. This is a really well thought out motorcycle, and for a first release, it’s incredible. Despite being made by a car firm, it was already better than many established production bikes at the time and is still an impressive bike today.