Ariel back with £20,000 bespoke bikes

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British firm Ariel will return with a new road bike next year which will be built in Britain but use a Honda engine. Ariel's motorcycle-loving owner promises the bike will be "high-performance, fun to ride and bespoke" and says it will cost around £20,000.

Ariel currently makes high performance cars - its Atom tops the Top Gear all-time leader board - but company owner Simon Saunders is a life-long motorcyclist and has always planned to build Ariel bikes at the firm's Somerset headquarters. He bought the firm in 1991 and set up Ariel Cars Ltd in 2001 - sales have increased every year since.

Saunders aims to make up to 200 bikes a year and a deal with Honda to supply engines has already been agreed. The firm uses Honda Civic Type R Vtec engines in the handbuilt cars it already sells - a unique deal that has been agreed by the Japanese giant for the bikes, too.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter