New Ariel Ace Iron Horse inbound for 2020

Arial, based in Somerset, is about the unveil the brand-new Ariel Ace Iron Horse motorbike model at Motorcycle Live this year. 

New Ariel Ace Iron Horse

As the name would suggest, the Ace Iron Horse is based on the Honda V4 powered Ace muscle cruiser; It’s set to be revealed on Saturday, November 16, at Birmingham’s NEC.

The Ace Iron Horse has a hand-welded aluminium CNC machined frame, which takes just over 70 hours to construct. Then, as if this wasn’t enough, the frame is hand polished to a mirror finish. Get your wallets ready... 

The reason for all the craftsmanship is because the bike was created as a tribute to the ‘Black Ariels’, produced all the way back in 1926. 

Atop the frame sits a carbon fibre fuel tank, and the skeleton of the bike is surrounded by a whole heap of carbon fibre body panels. Finished in black of course. Behind the tank sits a hand-finished single saddle, also black.  

The uber-exclusive front end is equipt with Ariel’s girder fork system - polished to a level even Barry Scott would be proud of - and linked to a gold fully-adjustable Öhlins TTX shock.  At the rear, a polished chrome-like wheel fits into a single-sided swingarm, once more supported by an Öhlins monoshock with an external adjuster. 

Not to forget about performance, the Iron Horse is still fitted with the same 173bhp Honda VFR1200-derived V4 motor as found in the original Ace. The delightful sounding V4 produces a solid 95.1ftlb of torque, and is claimed to be able to propel the Ace Iron Horse [via shaft drive] to 170mph…

No idea of the price just yet, but considering each bike can be tailor-made to the owner's requirements it won’t be cheap. 

For the money the owner will also get: 

  • Adjustable footrests and levers

  • Full LED lighting

  • LCD instruments (a bit weak)

  • Linked braked

  • And traction control

Ariel Ace specs

Engine type - Number of cylinders

V4, four-stroke

Engine details

Honda engine

Fuel system


Engine specs


Bore x Stroke

81.0 x 60.0 mm


Single Overhead Cams (SOHC)

Maximum power

173.00 HP @ 10000 RPM

Maximum torque

131.00 Nm @ 8750 RPM

Cooling system


Exhaust system

Stainless steel



Transmission type


Top Speed

164.7 mph


3.100 seconds

Starter Type



Digital LCD display with gear indicator, datalogging capability.


LED headlamp, LED brake/stop lamp, LED indicators

Frame type

Anodised machined and welded aluminium perimeter frame


1,541 mm (60.7 inches)

Seat Height

745 mm (29.3 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

Wheels details

Various options.

Front Tyres - Rims dimensions


Rear Tyres - Rims dimensions


Front brakes

Double disc. ABS. 6 piston radial calipers.

Rear brakes

Single disc. ABS. 2 piston sliding caliper.

Front Brakes

320 mm

Rear Brakes

276 mm

Fuel Tank Capacity


Front Suspension

Showa 43mm adjustable cartridge type telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Pro link single sided swing arm. Showa adjustable damper