Building on the success of their racing-focused Atom, the chaps at Ariel have turned their attention to the two-wheel market. The Ariel Ace Motorcycle is the stunning result. Sporting a skeletal frame that recalls the Atom but is machined entirely from an aluminum alloy billet, this sporty bike is powered by a 1237cc, water-cooled Honda engine good for over 170hp, a top speed of 165mph and a 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds. Beyond the specs, though, the Ace is incredibly customizable, sporting your choice of seats, handlebars, exhausts, brakes, tank sizes and styles, and front ends, with the promise that your entire cycle will be built by a single technician who signs his work when he's done.
The Kawasaki Ninja250 is a fine bike all on its own, but if you yearn for something a bit more unique, this Brasse 31BLK Kawasaki Ninja Mod Kit should do just fine. The first production mod kit for the Ninja250, it comes complete with two gullwing headlamps, a drag speedometer, a new rear fender assembly, right & left component/cover panels, plus options like a quick-release passenger seat, replacement right and left lower fairings, and a side-mount license plate bracket. But the best part? It also includes all the necessary tools in the kit, so you can transform your bike from the comfort of your garage.
It's okay. Re-read the headline. We'll wait. Yes, it's true: the American brand most associated with disturbingly loud two-wheeled vehicles is making one that's essentially... silent. The Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle is unfortunately not for sale (yet), but it will be available to ride at over 30 dealers across the country. As it mostly exists to gather feedback on an eventual, actually-for-sale electric bike, the specs are a little thin, but the thrill of riding down the road on a Harley incognito is enough of a draw on its own.
Never inclined to let things go stale, Ducati has issued a new, lightweight addition to their line of Monster bikes — the Ducati Monster 821 Motorcycle. Weighing in at just under 400 pounds, this mid-sized machine sports a 112 horsepower, 67 pound feet of torque Testastretta 11-degree motor. Available in two color combinations — either the dark version, with a black frame and wheels, or the red version — the bike looks as good as it rides. It also features a full suite of electronics, including eight-level traction control, three-level ABS, and three-level ride-by-wire. The bike comes available in July, just in time to take advantage of summer riding weather.