RE: Ariel launches 'Ace of Diamonds' special edition

RE: Ariel launches 'Ace of Diamonds' special edition

Monday 12th November

Ariel launches 'Ace of Diamonds' special edition

Atom 4 not flamboyant enough for you? Ariel's bike division has you covered



You don't have to be into bikes to appreciate the beauty of engineering packed into Ariel's new Ace of Diamonds motorcycle. Due to be unveiled at this week's Motorcycle Live at the NEC, just 10 examples of the gorgeous special edition model are due to be made, each priced from £19,982.

What does that money get you? A stunning single-part frame that's CNC machined from a single piece of aluminium and comes bolted to a curving bodyline and 1,237cc V4 Unicam Honda engine, that's what. The motor, sourced from Honda like Ariel's road car engines, produces 175hp at 10,000rpm and 97lb ft of torque at 8,750rpm. Power goes to the back wheel via a six-speed manual sequential gearbox and the manufacturer quotes its 0-60mph time as 2.9 seconds, along with a 165mph top speed.

However, what is likely to draw customers to the Ace of Diamonds over the standard bike is the additional development of its frame, which makes gains in rigidity and also features fewer machining lines. Company boss Simon Saunders said this change emphasises Ariel's "slightly obsessive" attention to detail. We'd agree with that. He said "To most people [the new machining lines are] not noticeable, but for us and our customers it's this sort of detail that is important."


Ariel's engineers have also given the Ace of Diamonds a new steering head angle of 23.5 degrees, although it can be altered during the build process to suit each customer's requirements. Buyers can also specify their own colours for the bike's bodywork and each comes with a unique plaque.

Since every bike will be made to order, there's a fair amount of customisation on offer. Tom Siebert, Ariel Ace production boss, said "Every bike is tailored to each customer and each of those customers becomes a friend and part of the Ariel family. When we build an Ace it is not a motorcycle, it's your motorcycle. The Ace of Diamonds is a celebration of both our and our customers' journey".

Production is due to begin in March with first deliveries due in March. Just in time for the warmer weather to return.






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B17NNS

Original Poster:

17,650 posts

183 months

Monday 12th November
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I'm not a bike person but god that's sexy!

CharlieAlphaMike

211 posts

41 months

Monday 12th November
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Bargain. Love it.

crofty1984

12,892 posts

140 months

Monday 12th November
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That's not half bad for the money! I'd have one if it was £18,000 cheaper and I had a bigger garage :-p

Amirhussain

10,781 posts

99 months

Monday 12th November
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B17NNS said:
I'm not a bike person but god that's sexy!
+1.

redroadster

791 posts

168 months

Monday 12th November
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Agree looks fab and reasonable price for limited build
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Butter Face

17,607 posts

96 months

Monday 12th November
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Amirhussain said:
B17NNS said:
I'm not a bike person but god that's sexy!
+1.
+2, would buy if I had the cash, even if just to look at!

Frimley111R

9,135 posts

170 months

Monday 12th November
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Butter Face said:
Amirhussain said:
B17NNS said:
I'm not a bike person but god that's sexy!
+1.
+2, would buy if I had the cash, even if just to look at!
+3 I've never been into bikes but can at least recognise a decent one when I see one

FN2TypeR

5,765 posts

29 months

Monday 12th November
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lick gimme

chickensoup

404 posts

191 months

Monday 12th November
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that is not a single piece CNC frame, unless they milled in the welds

LuS1fer

34,517 posts

181 months

Monday 12th November
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I can imagine investors and flippers stepping in because that does look ...well, Ace.

MarJay

2,004 posts

111 months

Monday 12th November
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I AM a bike person, it's too expensive, too heavy and is just for looks. No thanks.

gigglebug

963 posts

58 months

Monday 12th November
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chickensoup said:
that is not a single piece CNC frame, unless they milled in the welds
I was thinking the same thing but to be fair isn't it just the vertical collar which has been welded to the presumably single piece frame? There must be a logical explanation for it being that way, different grade material maybe?

Esceptico

1,518 posts

45 months

Monday 12th November
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Is that price correct? I looked at Ariel a while back and I seem to recall the price for an Ace was closer to £30k.

Esceptico

1,518 posts

45 months

Monday 12th November
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MarJay said:
I AM a bike person, it's too expensive, too heavy and is just for looks. No thanks.
Road tests I’ve read have been pretty positive so not sure where you are getting that from. Personal experience?

kambites

55,379 posts

157 months

Monday 12th November
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gigglebug said:
chickensoup said:
that is not a single piece CNC frame, unless they milled in the welds
I was thinking the same thing but to be fair isn't it just the vertical collar which has been welded to the presumably single piece frame? There must be a logical explanation for it being that way, different grade material maybe?
You can see what look like small welding ridges on the frame itself too:



At the top of the nearest triangular section.

Edited by kambites on Monday 12th November 18:54

AlmostUseful

2,470 posts

136 months

Monday 12th November
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chickensoup said:
that is not a single piece CNC frame, unless they milled in the welds
That’s exactly what I was thinking. Imagine the cost of that billet and the time it would take to mill it from one piece!

CoolHands

8,874 posts

131 months

Monday 12th November
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“A single part frame that’s cnc’d from a solid piece of aluminium”

> looks at the weld marks all over it rolleyes

CoolHands

8,874 posts

131 months

Monday 12th November
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Sorry, o hadn’t read the above comments when I posted getmecoat

And anyway, so what if it was a single piece of aluminium? I love how that statement is somehow meant to convey something good. The forth bridge is not single piece, but is it strong enough?

gigglebug

963 posts

58 months

Monday 12th November
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kambites said:
You can see what look like small welding ridges on the frame itself too:



At the top of the nearest triangular section.

Edited by kambites on Monday 12th November 18:54
I couldn't quite make out whether it was weld in that spot or the effect of light catching what appears to be texturing on many of the surfaces? Has this been reported incorrectly then, I can't imagine Atom would claim something which was clearly incorrect.

The overall bike looks good either way.

LuS1fer

34,517 posts

181 months

Monday 12th November
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Esceptico said:
MarJay said:
I AM a bike person, it's too expensive, too heavy and is just for looks. No thanks.
Road tests I’ve read have been pretty positive so not sure where you are getting that from. Personal experience?
I must have been living under a rock as I'd never heard of it.
Seems to be a similar weight to a VFR whose engine it borrows.

Price does seem low, I was looking at old articles about "base" Ariel Aces being in excess of £20k and "specced up", over £30k.