It’s December 22nd and you still haven’t bought anything for your gearhead buddy. Don’t worry. We can figure this out.
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.
People often describe Ronin as “the car chase movie.” Yes, it has great car chases. It probably has the best car chases ever committed to celluloid. But to only remember it for that reason is to do the rest of the film a major disservice. Here’s why it remains one of the best action movies ever made.
We’re showing Ronin as part of our Film Festival in Los Angeles this week (tickets still on sale here) and before we screen it we’re going to have a panel with automotive bon vivant Alex Roy, drifter Tony Angelo, stunt driver Sera Trimble, and hollywood carfinder Josh Hancock to talk about the film. It should be fun.
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.
We’ve said plenty about Magpul’s Ronin series, 47 custom bikes built from some of the last Buell 1125Rs in existence. But this one is special. Not only does it carry the distinction of being the first in the production series, it’s built off EBR’s latest superbike, and now it’s headed to Pikes Peak.
We recently took a second (ok, 14th) look at the movie Ronin, and examined the specific cars used and action sequences seen in the film. Of course, what better way to illustrate our story than with animated .gifs and, well, things just took off from there.
The Ronin remains one of all our all-time favorite bikes in the past decade. After the original prototype was built back in 2009, we didn’t think there was a shot that Magpul would actually build them at scale. We were wrong, and now Jay Leno has gotten his hands on one.
When Denver-based Magpul debuted its mad, avant-garde, Buell-based Ronin nearly five years ago, they hinted at building a dozen or so for sale. I didn't believe them. Now I'm eating my words and I couldn't be happier.
Hey you, insane person, here's your car. It's a turbocharged, supercharged and intercooled Lotus Exige with a claimed
550HP 700HP (!), a wide-body kit, fully race-prepped interior and weighing 2,150 lbs. The best part? It's for sale. Updated.
Because sometimes, even a car guy needs to sit back, turn on the TV, and...wait, what were we talking about?
We have a pair of Brucetastic Ultrasone headphones. We use them when we want to block out the neighbors' bickering and/or moaning. They are very, very good. They also serve an "It's on" function, in that when something totally awesome is about to happen, we slip the gold-plated plug into the socket, don the…