This 13-Mile ’09 Ronin 47 Is As Exquisite As Auction Bikes Come
This pristine example is #20 of just 47 Ronins ever madeby Punya Sharma, on LISTEN 02:55
In today’s edition of epic auction bikes, we’re bringing you a chance to take home quite possibly one of the most unique motorcycles, the Ronin 47. Currently listed on Bring A Trailer, the motorcycle is in crisp condition and has ONLY 13-miles on the odometer, which is the icing on this brag-worthy, head-turning cake.
2009 Ronin 47 On Sale At Bring A Trailer
The story of the Ronin project began in 2010 when Magpul Engineers bought 47 Buell 1125 motorcycles. All 47 examples were then converted into these astonishing custom bikes, named after 47 Ronin Samurais from the 18th-century Japanese legend.
This right here is the 20th numbered example, named after Takebayashi Takeshige, replete with matching badges on its bodywork to denote both these things. Speaking of bodywork, the Ronin 47 looks nothing like the Buell it’s based on and proudly flaunts its one-of-a-kind design replete with stacked projectors, chunky fork covers, and carbon fiber fenders, and a sleek tail.
A noteworthy detail here is the beefy aluminum frame which doubles up to hold fuel inside it.
Topping off the design is a fresh white and silver paint scheme topped by a grey rider’s seat and a silver subframe. Meanwhile, the rest of the elements, such as the alloy wheels and the engine components, are mostly blacked out.
When aboard the single-seat, there’s a fairly modest cockpit greeting you that includes a single-piece handlebar with bar-end indicators and mirrors, as well as a semi-digital instrument cluster and a magnetic key.
Under its unique skin, the Ronin 47 draws power from a Buell 1125-borrowed Rotax Helicon 1,125cc V-twin engine. Even though Ronin claims the engine underwent tweaks, the max output at 147 horsepower remains comparable to the stock Buell.
As for underpinnings, you get adjustable Penske piggyback mono-shocks at both ends and the stock Buell 1125 swingarm. The biggest giveaway that this is a Buell, though, has to be the signature 375mm perimeter disc brake upfront with eight-pot ZTL2 calipers.
What’s The Price?
By now, it’s pretty clear that the Ronin 47 is a unique motorcycle and it’s priced like it too. While the last known official price of the Ronin 47 is $41,000, this particular example already has a $40,000 bid and will possibly cross the official price by the time the auction ends.
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