Ariel 'just about to launch' motorcycle

British car maker days from unveiling Honda VFR1200-powered bike

Posted: 4 June 2014
by Visordown News

The Ariel Atom

BRITISH supercar maker Ariel is 'just about to launch' a Honda VFR1200F-powered motorcycle, according to the firm's director.

The bike has been in development since 2011 and is expected to be unveiled in days.

Details are scarce but it is known that it also uses a VFR1200F swing-arm.

Ariel revealed the launch was imminent in a press release on one of its 350bhp Atom supercars being drafted in for a police operation targeting motorcycle safety.

Ariel Director Simon Saunders said in the release: ‘We’re just about to launch an all new Ariel motorcycle and we want our bikes and customers to be as safe as they possibly can be as well, so this message is important to us. There’s always one certain loser in a motorcycle collision and that’s the motorcyclist.'

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Now, that's interesting. I wonder what they've come up with. Hopefully it's more than just a streetfightered or Tron-stylee VFR.

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:24

Interesting indeed, wonder if it'll have a bigger fuel tank than the one Honda gave it? However knowing Atom it could be built for speed so who knows what it'll be like. Can't wait to see it :)

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:23

I hope they didn't give it more hp. Honda's don't respond well to that

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:49

Given their design ethos, it may be a VFR engine strapped into a hybrid bicycle/mechano chassis.
One will be commissioned by the police (paid for by ?) to chase down speeding Atom owners.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 06:49

At the end of the day Ariel are a bespoke manufacturer, so that means probably this new bike will be a bit expensive for us ordinary folk.
I wish them well as a new manufacturer of motorcycles...

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:17

I have a bottle of champers if they need somebody for the launch

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 21:14

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