OK, forget I told you the price already. Look at this bike and tell me how much you think it costs. Even after I told him it was a Cleveland, Grant guessed $3,800. Forget what you already know about the brand and you’d likely think over $4k. Solid looks, components like upside down forks, wavy brake rotors and beefy spoked wheels at this price? The 250cc Cleveland CycleWerks Ace is going to be a winner. You’re reading about it exclusively on Hell For Leather.
How’d they get it so damn cheap? Scott Colosimo tell us he’s expanding into new markets like Indonesia and India, so was able to forecast larger production numbers. More units equals lower cost-per-unit. The engine is also slightly altered in comparison to the 250cc unit in the CCW Misfit cafe racer and Heist bobber, ditching the counter balancer for internal balancing.
Puts out the same power though. Scott tells us 16bhp and the whole package weighs 285lbs. “This is sort of our answer to people asking for a nice, standard motorcycle,” Scott told us a few minutes ago.
Scott sees the Ace as a standard-type motorcycle, but plans a range of affordable options that’ll help transform it into a cafe racer or scrambler. A bullet seat which retains the ability to carry a passenger will be offered, as will scrambler-style high-mount pipes and knobby tires.
This $2,985 price isn’t for some cheap piece of shit motorcycle. It includes a 12-month warranty and nationwide dealer support through New Jersey’s PIT Motors. Scott tells us parts will be easily and quickly available.
Regardless of assurances to the contrary, quality remains a concern for many with Cleveland’s Chinese-made bikes. When we interviewed Scott (pictured above with the Asian market version of this Ace that's fitted with cheaper components), he assured us making a quality product was his company’s main objective.
“We’ve invested in quality where other people only invest in making the cost as cheap as possible,” says Scott.
This is the first of several Cleveland bikes that’ll be unveiled at the Indy Dealer Expo on February 18. Look for the others exclusively on Hell For Leather before that. Sadly, it's going to be 4-5 months before the Ace goes on-sale in America.