• Dec 8th 2007 at 7:06AM
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1952 Ariel VHA 500

Over the past few years, the Ariel has been known for creating one thing: the amazingly competent Atom track toy. But back in 1901 the UK-based company was known for something else – motorcycles. That's where Ariel got its start and according to Autocar, it's looking back to its roots to create its next vehicle.

The Atom has proved to be financially viable enough to support another project and something of the two-wheeled persuation might be it. Simon Sanders, the owner of Ariel, is very specific with what he wants to create, something "lightweight, agile and useful," possibly sporting a single cylinder engine or even electric power.

The project is up in the air at this point, but it's definitely on the table. If it does come to fruition, Ariel will again reaffirm itself as one of the leaders in motorcycle technology, much like it did over a century ago.

[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Ariel will again reaffirm itself as one of the leaders in motorcycle technology, much like it did over a century ago."

      You don't think that's jumping the gun just a little? While I'm a fan of Ariel, maybe they should build the bike before calling them industry leaders.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love to see what they come up with. Unfortunately, their tubular exoskeleton design style is already being used on bikes from ducati and bimota.
      Also, I seriously doubt that they'll end up with an electric drivetrain. Batteries are still too heavy and would defeat the light weight goal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ariel is of course best known in bike circles for the square four, one of the most classic motorcycles ever built. The late 50's Ariels were absolutely gorgeous. Doesn't sound like Ariel is planning to return to those roots, though, which is too bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Umm... this might be a good opportunity to point out that Brammo (the U.S. company that builds Ariel Atoms for the U.S. market) has recently begun production of their own electric motorcycle called the Enertia.

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