Thursday, 10 July 2014

Ariel Motor Company

Ariel launches Ace motorcycle

ARIEL Motor Company has launched a new motorcycle for sale alongside its current car production. The Ariel Ace is the first new motorcycle to carry the classic British Ariel name in 50 years. The first Ariel was a bicycle in 1870 featuring patented spoked wheels, and more recently Ariel was known for its four-cylinder Ariel Square 4 and the two-stroke, pressed steel framed Ariel Arrow motorcycles.

Orders are being taking for the Ace, which will begin production at the start of 2015 in low volume by Ariel at its factory near Crewkerne, Somerset, in quantities of between 100 – 150 motorcycles per annum alongside the Atom sportscar.
The way that Ariel builds vehicles allows each motorcycle to be tailored and fitted to individual customer choice to give them exactly the bike they want and to personalise it to their own use and taste. From low riding cruiser through street and naked machines, to super sport bikes, the Ace will be built to owners’ specific requirements and desires. Adjustable footrests, brake and gear lever, plus different seat heights and handlebar configurations allow the Ace to be personally fitted for each rider.
It is not only the fit of the bike that is tailored to each rider, as there is also the choice of variants of front and rear suspension, low and high seats with pillion options, different sizes of tank, handlebars, wheels, exhausts, bodywork and more, as well as colours, finishes and materials.

Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, says of the design and styling options: “Motorcyclists have a real passion for their machines. They like them to be individual and they want them to be their bike, not just another bike identical to hundreds or thousands of others. The usual route is to buy a standard bike and then add various aftermarket components to change the bike into what they want. However, with the Ace the uniqueness is built in as the bike is produced, and each one will be as individual as its owner.”
Talking about the performance capabilities of the Honda V4 powered Ace, Saunders says: “We looked at an out and out, super lightweight race bike, but they are already out there, and are so far beyond the abilities of most riders, so we took the decision to produce a really fast bike that was easy to ride and within the capabilities of most riders. Our motto is ‘Serious Fun’, and those two words absolutely encapsulate what the Ace is all about.”
The load bearing aluminium frame, made from six individual billet aluminium sections, carries the engine, various seat packages, front and rear suspension as well as providing a safety cell for the fuel tank. Different head angles, via interchangeable eccentric bearing holders, are achievable to tune the rake angle from 21.8 degrees to 28.4 degrees, with a standard mid-point of 25.1 degrees for neutral handling.
The Ace uses the Honda V4 VFR1200 Unicam engine, which is mounted transversely, and was chosen for its power, flexibility, compact size and advanced technology with a claimed output of 173bhp and 129Nm of torque. Throttle by wire technology has been combined with Ariel’s fuel mapping, intake system, and Ariel’s various exhaust systems.
The Honda VFR engine also gives Ariel the ability to offer the Ace in manual and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form. The six-speed sequential manual offers standard motorcycle transmission, while the DCT version can be used in fully ‘Auto’, ‘Sport’ or push button ‘Manual’ mode. 

The Ace features front suspension options of telescopic forks, or the Ariel Girder front end. Made from machined aluminium, the Girder fork’s multi-bearing top and bottom suspension arms offer improved compliance and reduced stiction over conventional telescopic forks, providing better response over different road surfaces and undulations as well as under braking to corner.
Rear suspension is by a Pro Link single-sided, cast aluminium swingarm, containing the shaft drive, with options of different gas damper.
Front brakes are Nissin 320mm floating hydraulic discs with six-piston calipers, while the rear are Nissin 276mm with a two-piston caliper. All versions of the Ace have electronic ABS brakes together with switchable traction control.
Wheels are five and seven spoke alloy, with the option of BST full carbon fibre and aluminium lightweight wheels made specifically for the Ace. Dependent on the use of each bike Ariel will choose from a wide range of Dunlop tyres to suit the use and purpose of each bike.
Further components, bodywork, tuning parts and accessories will be developed as part of a continuing Ace design and engineering programme to further expand customer choice. As with the Ariel Atom, new parts will be retro-fit compliant, allowing Ace motorcycles to be upgraded over a period of time or as further developments are made.

Crewkerne, Somerset, UK
Tel: 01460 78817 


New MT-09 option from Yamaha

YAMAHA has celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of its MT-09 by releasing a new version of the motorcycle – the MT-09 Street Tracker. Inspired by ‘70s scramblers, the new option has a range of special parts fitted as standard along with a unique matt finish to the frame and bodywork.

Among the special parts fitted to the MT-09 Street Tracker are a short carbon front fender with aluminium stays, and an aluminium front number plate that offers wind protection for the rider as well as enhancing the race look. This race look is furthered with the additional aluminium side number boards fitted under the sides of the seat.
A first on this version of the MT-09 is the use of a totally black frame, and the 850cc three-cylinder engine is also finished in matt black and features a bronze coloured cylinder head, while the dark bronze wheels complement the gold coloured upside down forks.

An option being offered on the Street Tracker is an exclusive high-level Akrapovic exhaust system that has been specially developed for the bike. Exiting to the right side of the bike's tail, it offers increased cornering clearance.

Klock Werks

'Flare' screen for Honda Gold Wing

AMERICAN touring parts specialist Klock Werks originally designed its 'Flare' windshield for use on Harley Touring models, but has now introduced a version for Honda’s Gold Wing and F6B models.

In 2006 Klock Werks built a custom Touring Harley-Davidson for the Discovery Channel's Biker Build–Off Series, and took the finished bike to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
It was during those rides that the idea for a performance screen developed as Laura Klock, the rider of the bike on the Salt Flats, explains: "The faster I went, the more it felt like the front end of the bike was lifting up. We wanted to be able to change the shape to add downforce and make the bike more stable. We designed many shapes and wind tunnel tested prototypes until we achieved an optimum design for production as the company’s patented Flare windshield".

The Flare features 'hips' on the outer edge that re-route the air and add downforce, which aids stability. The flip at the top is said to send the air up and back as directed air, which allows it to be cleaner, less turbulent airflow compared to the effects that a stock shield creates.
The Flare for Honda is made from .177in hard-coated polycarbonate material for lasting durability, and Klock Werks is confident that Gold Wing riders will appreciate how the Flare will improve comfort, as well as aid performance.
The Flare is available in Europe through Parts Europe and supplied ready to install on a Gold Wing or F6B, using the factory mounting hardware.

Wasserliesch, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)6501 9695 2000

Andreani Group

Andreani cartridge for Triumphs

THE Andreani Group has developed a new cartridge kit for use in the front forks of Triumph’s modern Thruxton and Bonneville models. 

Equipped with a 20mm diameter piston, the cartridge is adjustable in compression, rebound and preload and built with a sophisticated hydraulic system said to improve the behaviour of the bike in turns and on the brakes.

The kit is complete with springs with the proper setting, based on the weight and the driving style of the rider.

Pesaro (PU), ITALY
Tel: +39 0721 20921

Torq Distribution

Classic Triumph custom parts

TORQ Distribution, the sister company of Netherlands-based V-twin specialist Motorcycle Storehouse, has been established to distribute custom parts and accessories for European-made motorcycles, and is now offering a range of parts for classic Triumph models, which includes options from custom firm Biltwell.
Torq Distribution’s Classic Triumph parts range includes its motor mount plates in a choice of clear or black finishes. Designed to fit the ‘63-‘70 Unit 650 Bonneville, the plates are cold forged from 6061-T6 aluminium and come with classic fins, and a bronze bushing for the stock brake pedal is pre-installed.

For the modern Triumph ’01 onward Bonneville and Scrambler silver or black anodised foot pegs are available. Again from made from 6061-T6 aluminium, they feature chrome plated investment case chromoly mounting clevises. 

The Biltwell range of parts includes a pair of handlebar options; the Frisco II or the Keystone. The ‘bars are complemented by the Kung Fu grips, which are available in a choice of natural or black injection-moulded Krayton synthetic rubber. 

Tel: +31 (0)50 303 9776

AGV Corsa helmet

AGV’s Corsa scores SHARP 5-star rating

SHARP (Safety Helmet and Assessment Rating Programme), the British certification board, has awarded the AGV Corsa helmet a 5 star rating.
As a result of the award, the Corsa, which is one of AGV’s ‘Extreme Standard Helmets’, is now listed among the 321 safest helmets in the world. 

The 5 Stars are defined by the UK's Department of Transport, and are widely accepted as the highest marks for safety. Sharp assigns this important rating by means of an independent evaluation system, where the helmets are subjected to the safety criteria tests without involving the manufacturers.
The Corsa helmet uses four shell sizes, made from fibreglass, aramid and carbon fibre, to be able to offer correct fit in sizes XS to XXL. The breathable Lycra and Shalimar with sanitising treatment liner is fully removable and washable, and works with the IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation with large air ducts on the shell with open/close mechanism.

A flat Race, Class 1 optical standard, non-scratch, anti-fog visor (four layers) with wide field of vision and tear-off strips is fitted as standard and works with the XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) and micro lock front-locking and visor micro-opening system.

Rivalta Scrivia (AL), ITALY
Tel: +39 0131 853011

Ventura luggage system

Ventura luggage system for V-Strom 1000


VENTURA has developed a version of its Bike-Pack system to fit Suzuki's new
V-Strom 1000.

Lighter than hard luggage and more stable than soft luggage, the Ventura Bike-Pack system consists of three easy-to-fit elements: L-brackets, pack rack and bike pack. The L-brackets fit securely to the bike using existing mounting points, and then the pack rack slides into the brackets and is secured by two locking devices. Finally, one of Ventura's specially designed soft luggage packs slides onto the rack, held firmly in place by QL clips.

Odiham, Hants, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1256 704 909