Ronin Motorworks has found its name in these pages a few times, most recently in May 2015 when the Ronin 47 was featured in Jay Leno’s Garage. Today, the Colorado-based company is back in the news for a slightly different reason. And no, the words “recall” and “bankruptcy” aren’t involved here, Gods be good.
So why is Ronin in the news, you ask? Well, as it turns out, the company is planning to compete at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and now we can see the bike that it’s going to compete in. According to A&R, the bike is called the Ronin #1, or more specifically, Oishi Yoshio, a name derived from the leader of the 47 Ronin legend in Japanese lore.
Ronin Motorworks didn’t actually build the bike from the ground-up, instead relying on an EBR 1190RX as the platform for which it based Oishi Yoshio. It’s also a departure from the bike Ronin used - the Buell 1125R - to create the 46 other Ronin models in its lineup, including the one Leno used in the aforementioned episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
The overall mechanical workings of the bike have yet to be revealed, but as far as aesthetics go, Oishi Yoshio looks like what you’d expect to come out from Ronin Motorworks: dramatically restyled to fit the unconventional design methods of the company.
Veteran rider Travis Newbold will be riding Oishi Yoshio in the Race to the Clouds and while there shouldn’t be high expectations of the bike being the fastest up the mountain, it still has the makings of a bike that will leave a lasting impression on fans and competitors alike.
Continue reading to read more about Ronin Motorworks’ Ronin #1, aka Oishi Yoshio.