Dissatisfied not only with the disappointing reality of the The radiator hoses pass between the girders and under the steering stem, but have been positioned so as not to affect the steering. "We wanted to eliminate everything that was up and in front of the rider's view," says Michael of the new cockpit. On top of all this is a new cast aluminum handlebar and steering yoke with a dinky Mot...


Dissatisfied not only with the disappointing reality of the The radiator hoses pass between the girders and under the steering stem,

but have been positioned so as not to affect the steering.

 

"We wanted to eliminate everything that was up and in front of the

rider's view," says Michael of the new cockpit. On top of all this is a

new cast aluminum handlebar and steering yoke with a dinky Motogadget

speedometer and the ignition integrated into it. Michael bemoans the

loss of the tachometer, but is looking at integrating race-style LED

indicators to replace it. The cast aluminum handlebars can be easily

replaced with any 1 1/8" tapered bars to alter the riding position, but

we like how well these items are integrated in the overall look of the

front end.

 

Since the 1125R uses a fuel-in-frame design, the "tank" is actually a

carbon fiber airbox cover that now includes two ram-air intakes on its

leading edges. These have been repositioned from in front of the engine,

improving both looks and the volume of air flowed. A small tubular

steel subframe supports the hand-stitched seat and cast aluminum tail

piece. Magpul claims the new airbox cover, subframe and tailpiece are

largely responsible for the Ronin's weight savings.

 

The effect created by the new bodywork works in conjunction with the

rearward-pointing triangle of the frame and swingarm to radically direct

the visual emphasis of the Ronin forward to the massive girder fork.

The 146bhp Rotax v-twin -- unaltered -- is also exposed and combines with

the angularity of the body and frame to create a look that evokes

mechanical function to replace the Buell's downright awkwardness.

 

The Ronin is currently a functional prototype and Magpul's first toe in

motorcycle waters. If enough interest can be drummed up, the Ronin will

be produced in limited numbers. They won't say how large a production

run could be feasible, but they have "about 25" 1125Rs on hand and could

potentially convert customer bikes too. If that

happens and if it goes well, the company has discussed spinning of a

new brand specifically dedicated to motorcycles. Magpul doesn't see

itself becoming a provider of aftermarket parts, but rather a motorcycle

maker. What we could be seeing here is the genesis of a new American

motorcycle company.

Magpul