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ARIEL ACE (2014-on) Review

Published: 14 November 2014

Updated: 21 November 2014

Rides like a Honda road bike, sounds like a Honda MotoGP bike

ARIEL ACE  (2014-on)

Rides like a Honda road bike, sounds like a Honda MotoGP bike

  • At a glance
  • 1237cc  -  170 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (745mm)
  • New: £20,000

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

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. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Like the Ariel Atom the Ace is a low-production, hand-built machine and that comes at a price.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £20,000
Used price -
Warranty term One year
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 170 bhp
Max torque 95 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1237cc
Engine type 16v, V4
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 14.1 litres
Seat height 745mm
Bike weight 230kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable girder or Showa forks
Rear suspension Fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial calipers.
Rear brake 276mm single disc with twin-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015 – Ariel Ace launched

Other versions

Modular concept – customers can choose spec from cruiser style to super naked

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