Arizona-based bike shop Local Motors has developed a very attractive new retro-styled bike. They’re calling it the Ariel Cruiser Board Track Racer, and it bears the colors of the desert, and a few design cues from history.
The transportation design brand focuses on solving community transport problems, and its newest creation is just another of it’s available options for cruising around town. This build began thanks to the winning entry from Ianis Vasilatos in the Local Motors’ contest. The bike builder used the Romanian designer’s sketches to produce a working prototype.
The Ariel Cruiser takes inspiration from a 1920s board track racer, but its internal workings are anything but dated. Ariel may be ordered in an electric or a gas versions; the electric model can sustain 27 mph for about 20 miles.
The IC iteration is powered by a 50CC Honda gasoline-powered motor fed with a 0.6-gallon tank, and can sustain speeds of up to 34 mph with a range of 70 miles.
“To design a motorized bicycle reminiscent of the early 1900s was a dream of mine that began a long time ago. My passion for this era will never stop,” said designer Ianis Vasilatos. He may be at the beginning of a long career, as the evocative styles of the era never seem to go out of style.