Sleek Ronin 47 Motorcycle Reimagines the Discontinued Buell 1125

The Ronin 47 Motorcycle is a limited-edition bike that takes inspiration and design ideas from the now-discontinued Buell 1125 (a former Harley Davidson subsidiary). As that model was on its way out in 2009, the guys at Ronin Motor Works acquired two of the bikes to see what could be built using a liquid-cooled engine and minimalist frame; the result is a striking, unconventional motorcycle.

Its features include a custom monoshock linkage suspension system and a front-mounted radiator to help cool down the notoriously hot Rotax-designed motor. In addition, there are stacked low and high beam headlights along with a bevy of new changes: system controls, gauges, seating, LED taillight, and even a radio-frequency identification (RFID) enabled key for push-button starting. Together, these tweaks decrease the motorcycle's weight by 54 pounds from that of its predecessor.

The bike's name comes from the Japanese folktale The 47 Ronin, and only 47 samurai-named motorcycles will be available over the course of six releases. Its current price tag is $38,000 dollars.

Ronin 47 website
via [Uncrate]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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