When Harley Davidson announced they would be stopping the production of the Buell 1125 back in 2010, the founders of Ronin Motor Works were, needless to say, very disappointed. They had always respected the Buell philosophy which was to bring new challenges in motorcycle development. The liquid cooled engine of the Buell 1125 had been an intriguing aspect that could have led to interesting developments. As a result, they created the Ronin Concept Motorcycle.
The Ronin Concept Motorcycle is meant to continue the legacy of the Bluell. Ronin 47 is built around the same revolutionary engine as the Bluell 1125. It is also designed with the same type of frame in mind. Talking about their concept and plans, the company explained:
“In mid 2009, with the demise of the Buell® brand by Harley-Davidson®, the founders of Ronin Motor Works, in a design exercise conducted at Magpul Industries Corp., created the Ronin Concept Motorcycle. That initial Ronin Motorcycle concept is now brought to life through the design and manufacturing efforts of Ronin Motor Works as a limited release of 47 bikes…Taken from the Japanese word for a Samurai who lost his master, the name “Ronin” was chosen to signify Buell® motorcycles that will continue on after the demise of the company…”
The design of the Ronin 47 borrows many elements from the Bluell. The front end features a linkage fork designed for better handling. The axle moves along the same path as a conventional set of telescopic forks. The trail is increased by 13 mm over the stock which allows the user to steer lightly and confidently. The motorcycle also has the tachometer and speedometer housed inside a single cast aluminum steering nacelle. The horn button can be found on the clutch side. The 4-way switch gives the user the opportunity to access a selection of readouts on digital display. The start button is on the break side lever.
What do you think of the Ronin 47? Would you like to ride such a vehicle?
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