Ariel Ace R

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

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

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