For some, two wheels are better than four.
Ariel is best known for its insane Atom track toy, but its roots lie in the world of motorcycle manufacturing, having built two-wheelers from 1902 to 1970. The modern company’s founder Simon Saunders has now returned to the marque’s origins, creating the Ariel Ace. The highly customizable bike comes powered by a 1237cc V4 Honda engine rated at 175 hp and 97 lb-ft of torque, helping the Ace sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 165 mph.
Ariel has built an Atom-inspired tubular aluminum frame around the engine and the bike comes cloaked in an interchangeable carbon-composite bodywork. Buyers can personalize the bike as they wish, from a naked super sport bike to a low-riding cruiser, and choose between a dual-clutch or six-speed manual transmission, two suspension setups, three seat heights, three wheelbase lengths and three fuel-tank sizes. It also comes with high-performance brakes and five- or seven-spoke wheels.