Many custom motorcycles are built to fix something inherently wrong with the appearance of a motorcycle, often sacrificing performance to look cool. Such is not the case with the Ronin Motorworks 47 - this thing was built for speed.
The Ronin Motorworks 47 have been Internet darlings since they were announced several years ago. When you take a Buell 1125 — an awesome motorcycle to start with — then add more performance and the looks of a high-tech street bike from from a dark vision of the future, this is what you get. Here’s how they build it.
Hero MotoCorp owned a 49.2 percent stake in Erik Buell Racing before it went under, and part of that investment was for Buell and Co. to design and develop a series of bikes and technologies for the company. Now India’s massive motorcycle outfit is getting some of that investment back in a yet-to-be-approved…
Anytime anyone rags on one of Erik Buell’s motorcycles, I have to fight an overwhelming urge to pick them up and shake them. “Don’t you understand his story?!” I shout in my head. Not enough people do, so let’s fix that once and for all. It’ll make you appreciate the quirky, flawed genius of his motorcycles.
There are only 50 Buell XBRR Daytona Superbikes in the world. When they landed in 2006, they cost upwards of $30,000 and were confined to racetracks, but that didn't stop a couple of tools from stealing one, doing a burnout, and promptly wrecking it in a ditch. Resurrection, thy name is John Player Special.