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Behold the Magpul Ronin, 47 Bikes Limited Run

The day has come and you may just be so lucky to see a Magpul Ronin thundering down the street in your neighborhood. What started out as a most bold and daring, but seemingly not-that-feasible custom project based on the Buell 1125 roadster is now a fully-grown bike which will turn heads and strike fear while at the same time drop jaws.
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A journey which started back in 2009 in now drawing close to a majestic end, as Ronin Motor Works will cease to manufacture these machines once the 47th unit is crated and ready to ship out. Just like in the Japanse legend of the 47 samurai left without a master and who thus became Ronins, only 47 of these exquisite and exclusivist bikes will be manufactured. After this point, it’s only longing and awe…

Building on a Buell


The Magpul Ronin uses the engine, wheels and the chassis of the Buell 1125, and massive design efforts have been invested in it to create an unique machine which will be as spectacular as the samurais themselves. A new front end was engineered, and it no longer used the traditional forks of the Buell. A linkage assembly now dominates the build, and offers an incredibly commanding stance and looks which are not easily forgotten.

A Penske shock can be easily adjusted to provide the optimal setup for each rider, and the cast, strengthened aluminium structure also embeds a radiator and offset dual headlight cluster. The fork also includes a fuel overflow cooler for increased safety, keeping the in-frame fuel cool, despite the heat the Rotax engine generates. Free-flowing upgrades have been added to the engine, together with a high-performance exhaust to squeeze more power from the Buell mill, as well.

Radial masters, custom, minimalist design for the handlebar levers and a backlit stylish instrument cluster adorn the Spartan yet evil bike. Keyless, RFID-based activation is also standard. Bar-end mirrors and bar-end 360-degree turn signals add even more to the exclusivist attire of the Ronin, and are matched by a high-viz LED tail light.

Killer custom details


The battery box and the rearsets are a single cast aluminium unit which also integrated an adjustable idler pulley to regulate belt tension. Rubber inserts add more grip to the pegs, while billet aluminium brake and shifter levers also integrate with the sharp build. Not sure how much replacing this part costs if damaged in a wipeout….

The Ronin comes with a tubular trellis sub-frame made from CNC-machined and TIG-welded parts, a cast aluminium tail section, while carbon fiber fenders round up this extreme machine.

47 bikes, 47 names


Each of the 47 bikes will have its own name after the 47 Ronin in the story, with a special plate mounted for easy identification. The manufacturer will release several issues of the Ronin, in decreasing numbers, in 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and then the final 7, each release with its own color scheme.

The price is still said to be in the $40,000 (€31,500) area, but if you feel like you need to own one, you’d better get in touch with Ronin Motor Works directly. These bikes are definitely evil. Evil, I tell you. And I love them!



 
 
 
 
 

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