Ariel Ace R
201bhp | TBCKG | Seat height 745mm
Ariel have increased the power of the Honda V4 1200 to 201bhp from 170bhp and torque to 105ftlb from 72ftlb. To do this Ariel developed new camshafts, increased the compression, reworked the cylinder head, lightened the internals and modified the timing. Despite all this work, and a significant power increase, Ariel claim the engine will remain as reliable as ever.
75bhp | 188kg | Seat height 805mm
We’re not quite sure how a Scrambler can be a Café Racer, but much of it is very nice, from the Black Coffee paintjob to the lovely Termignoni exhaust with black anodised cover, and stubby café racer seat unit. The cowl pops off to reveal a small pillion perch, too. Much of the café feel is created by ditching the traditional handlebar in favour of a pair of aluminium clip-ons and the swingarm-mounted numberplate hanger adds to that classic café racer silhouette.
51bhp | 252kg | Seat height 830mm
America got the SCR950 last year, but after hundreds of requests from European styleseekers, Yamaha are bringing it here too.
The compact 60-degree air-cooled V-twin engine is straight out of the XV, and will deliver an engaging mix of 51bhp blended with 58.6ftlb of torquey punch (at 3000rpm) and a smoothness that will suit this style of bike.
The new SCR features stylish wide, braced handlebars, aluminium rims and spoked wheels wearing chunky dual-purpose rubber, fork gaiters, and paintjobs that owe more than a passing nod to the super-cool XTS and DTS of the early 80s.
The high flat seat profile gives an elevated riding position (830mm) with plenty of room to move around in. There’s a storage compartment lurking beneath, too.
The only obvious oddity for a bike in this class is the belt drive – inherited from the cruiser XV, where belt drive is pretty much the law. It’s well shielded, but could become a bit problematical if you spend too much time in the dirt.
A scrambler-ised XV is coming to the UK at last