Simon Saunders is bringing back the Ariel motorcycle, or, more accurately, launching a new motorcycle with the Ariel name. He brought us the now well known Ariel Atom as a track day car something like six or seven years ago. They’ve been thoroughly used and abused, especially those on the high end of the power offerings with 300hp or better in a 1300 pound car with a very basic bit of bodywork to cover the tube frame. Dennis Palatov even made one with a Hartley V8, the 400hp engine based on twin Hayabusa top ends, though the standard car uses a Honda inline 4. But Simon rides motorcyles, too, and he’s planning to build a new run of very limited production motorcycles with the Ariel name.
The £20,000 ($32,800) special, probably Honda powered, will be built to order with various options for handlebars, seat and footpeg placement and, according to Simon, isn’t going to be a superbike, but something much more useful. Like a Motus maybe?
With Saunders’ record of building the Ariel Atom as well as having the financial wherewithal to carry out this project, there’s every reason to believe the Ariel motorcycle will be built. Those drawings are pretty vague so it remains to be seen what the final bike will actually look like and how it will perform, but you can add this to your list of upcoming low production specials.