Ace Trike. Romance And Panache Of A Bygone Era.








Cycle Car is the name that Europeans used for Trike and they were very popular in England, France, Italy. Germaby & Austria  between 1910 and the late 1930’s. As a matter of fact they offered a big tax advantage – reduced registration and annual license versus small cars or “voiturettes” of the time – propelling them to become hugely popular. Pete Larsen in Seattle loved so much the legendary Morgan three-wheeler of the 1930’s that he decided to create an American version that he named the ACE (stands for American Cycle-Car Endeavor). As you can see, this trike is theater on the road, a way to make a statement and to salute the past.

But despite its retro appearance the Ace delivers modern performance and drives almost like a sport car. Weighing barely 1000pounds and powered by the latest Harley-Davidson® Twin-Cam® ‘B’ engine (100 + HP), the ACE features a 5-speed (w/reverse) automotive transmission, rally clutch, unequal length ‘A’ arm front suspension and triple disc brakes.  With it’s low weight, low center of gravity and favorable power/weight ration, the ACE is capable of 120 mph and will embarrass many cage drivers. especially on twisty lanes. Clentele? Probably again the middle-aged male motor head who want to smell the country side at low or high speed. You could even see one Ace making a pit stop next week in Daytona. Ace by Liberty Motors. (thank you Ian).


10 Responses to “Ace Trike. Romance And Panache Of A Bygone Era.”

  1. 1 Dave Blevins Mar 15th, 2009 at 8:26 am


  2. 2 Brad Mar 15th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Sweet tri-rod.

  3. 3 J Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Outstanding work- blows that T-Rex thing completely out of the water- no comparison…. Really like the detail work- lot of Art-Deco effort showing with these things!

  4. 4 Nicker Mar 15th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Very Cool!

    One more time:
    Classics will be the next big “custom” trend.
    No doubt.


  5. 5 Alan Mar 16th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    $48,000? Quite an expensive toy.

  6. 6 Boss Hawg Mar 16th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Love the old skool look.

    Boss Hawg

  7. 7 kenthur Mar 16th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    How are they getting 100 HP out of a Twin Cam “B” ?

  8. 8 Frank Dremmer Mar 16th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Stock HD twin cam B is I think 93hp 97ft/lb. So, with some tweaking 100 hp is possible.

  9. 9 A 1 cycles Mar 16th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    anybody who thinks a stock twin cam b makes 93 h.p. needs to spend a week or two in my dyno room. it takes approx. 3,000 dollars to get close to 100 h.p. from a tc b motor. at the rear wheel. no bull, no chilled out dyno room, no pumped up correction factors.

  10. 10 FUJI Mar 16th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Saw one of these in Deland during bike week. 1933 Morgan Sport but it was powered by 900cc Matchless water cooled V-twin three speed. Rare and beautiful in yellow.

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