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Magpul Ronin: Batman's Motorbike?

by James Brown
16 October 2012 6 Comments

A futuristic motorbike named after a Samurai that's more superhero than superbike.

amazing looking bike

Samurai’s the word

If you think you’re looking at something that wheelied out of Gotham think again. This baby might look like it sprang from the pages of a Batman Comic but it actually exists. You don’t have take our word for it this is what it’s designers have got to say about their baby:

“The Magpul Ronin is an experimental motorcycle project based on the Buell 1125R sport bike.  The project itself represents the first iteration of a design exercise inspired by interests, hobbies, and passions shared by many within Magpul.  Taken from the Japanese word for a samurai who lost his master, the name “Ronin” was chosen after the Buell Motorcycle Company ceased production and closed its doors in 2009.  The model 1125R was selected due to its high level of performance and aesthetic potential that were never fully realized by Buell as a subsidiary of Harley Davidson.

Due to the experimental nature of the project, it is not yet known if Ronin motorcycles or Magpul-designed components for the Buell 1125R will be made available for purchase.  More information about Project Ronin will be released as the design progresses, sign up above to stay in the know. If you have further questions or press inquiries please contact ronin@magpul.com.”

Motorcycle News said of it “The Ronin’s girder front end, angular bodywork and radical radiator/headlight combination have turned geek into gorgeous.” Which means they like it. I’m quite happy to say it just looks fucking ace and if you like your bikes futuristic rather than classic and old fashioned keep your bionic eye trained on this samurai.

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Racerx 10:55 am, 17-Aug-2011

Hmm..... Buell and the term High performance is not what I would think of... OK compared to a Harley engined Buell it may be more powerful. But Buell closed for a reason. Not a slur aimed at Eric Buell but more at his puppet masters at Harley Davidson who owned Buell. Now the Girder forks are a visual thing but not really one that will enhance performance. It has been done to death as the next big thing... Yet in the true performance markets we know they just do not work well enough. This bike I am afraid is never going to be see on UK roads. It just doesnt comply with road regulations and really is aimed more at Born again bikers with high disposable income than it is those who ride bikes and know what real performance is.. It is not really tha attractive either in my opinion. Take a look at Lamb Engineerings Son of a Gun. That is a class bike which is both retro and has modern aspects and is much more of a bike to look at than this and has much better build quality too... Just please do NOT go and report on the Sheene Icon and tell us how good that it! All design and no substance!

David L 5:31 pm, 26-Aug-2011

I think this is one piece of machinery that may overcome any performance shortfalls to become a wee bit iconic. Magpul's core business is designing next generation firearms and accessories for current-issue military assault rifles, and Hollywood armourers opting for a pimped-out look have already placed their products in the A-Team movie, Transformers, Iron Man and that horrible McG Terminator film (to name a few). Now they've started bolting things onto motorbikes, it surely won't be long before the Ronin makes a high-profile cameo in a Chrisotpher Nolan or Michael Bay film, and it'll become an object of desire, at least for the Cruises and Beckhams of this world.

Kenneth rosen 5:39 pm, 19-Oct-2012

Come on guys the bike fxxcking rocks!

over educated and under paid. 9:52 am, 20-Oct-2012

Amazing design its a work of art!

KenC 11:02 pm, 6-Feb-2013

This bike couldn't be more boring if they worked at it, and I mean worked really hard. Magpul should sick to making gun parts.

Suburban Bushwacker 7:50 am, 19-Apr-2013

Oh look its the Confederate Wraith. Nice looking bike but nothing new.

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