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 |  Aug 01 2011, 3:45 PM

Ariel might be a small, British sports car manufacturer, but it has made a big impact with its Atom sportscar.

This minimalist two-seater has won the approval of not only the motoring press, but also with its customers, who see it as the ultimate in no-frills motoring. Some even call it a four-wheel motorbike.

Now Ariel is preparing to launch a umm… two-wheeled motorbike!

According to Ariel boss Simon Saunders, a superbike will be offered by his company in 2012. He also says this superbike will be inspired by the Atom and will also feature a Honda engine, although he didn’t specify which Honda engine.

Saunders mentioned that he plans on building between 100 to 200 bikes per year, each custom made for its owner. With prices expected to start from about $30,000, it won’t be cheap, but given Ariels experience in building exciting machines, we bet it’ll be worth every cent.

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Jul 06 2011, 11:12 AM

Luxury cars have gotten the watch treatment… now it’s time for a motorcycle to take its place on your wrist. The special edition watch from Tudor takes its inspiration from Ducati sports bikes. This new watch marks the partnership between the two, as Tudor is now the official timekeeper of Ducati.

Boasting the signature red and black colors of Ducati, Tudor Fastrider Chronograph measures in at 42mm in diameter, comes with an automatic chronograph with 46 hour power reserve, and has a cool quick-set date button at 9 o’clock coated in PVD. Engraved on the outer steel rim in a tachometric scale, details the speed of movement, while the main movement is powered by the self-winding mechanism, so you never get a time display lag. Adding to this watch’s stylish look is a dial that showcases sapphire crystal.

The Tudor Fastrider Chronograph isn’t a limited edition, however, it will only be made in lower numbers. You can choose a steel bracelet or leather strap and you can expect to shell out anywhere from $4,143 to $4,379. It’s worth noting that Tudor is making a re-entry into the North American market after years of playing second fiddle to big brother Rolex.

[Source: Born Rich]