Ariel Motor will unveil its first motorcycle since the 70s at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Snapshot: The Ariel Atom of motorcycles will be powered by a Honda VFR 1200 engine and will also have its single sided shaft-drive swingarm
According to the officials in Ariel Motor Company, the first motorcycle from the company is almost ready and will be launched at Goodwood Festival of Speed to be held in Southern England between 26th and 29th June. Based on the Honda engine, it should be hell of a ride as the 1237 cc V4 engine is capable of producing a, kid you not, 170 bhp and 129 Nm at the crank. At the same time, it also means that the bike will also enjoy the VFR's Dual Clutch Transmission that offers a sequential, manual shifting mode that allows the rider to shift gears up or down using the push-button 'paddle' shifters.
The motorcycle will be a performance cruiser as the company is not planning to enter the racing motorcycle segment. Like the Ariel Atom cars, every motorcycle will be personalised according to the needs of the customer to make it more and more individual. Everything will be put together to provide maximum comfort and flawless riding efficiency.
"Every single one of our cars is totally made for a customer and the bikes will be the same. We've got three different seats, two or three different tanks, different front ends, different wheels. It will be a bit like getting a suit made. We're not making a race rep, which will possibly surprise some people," Ariel boss Simon Saunders said. "We looked at this and decided you can already go out and buy a bike that you could win the TT on, so building a faster bike seemed academic," he added.
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