FrontRunners: Master Plan

<< Back to Robb Report, April 2013

    Ronin Motorworks, a new Colorado-based motorcycle manufacturer, has reengineered a firearms company’s design exercise and put it into production. The Ronin Motorworks Magpul Ronin 1125R (www.roninmotorworks.com) is based on a motorcycle prototype developed in 2010 by Colorado’s Magpul Industries, which makes rifle accessories. Like the prototype, the Magpul Ronin is built around the 1125R Buell engine and chassis. (Harley-Davidson’s discontinuation of the Buell brand in 2009 inspired the name Ronin, the Japanese word for a samurai who no longer has a master.) The bike’s 1125 cc V-twin produces 128 hp. The Ronin also features a car-type radiator at its front end and a 1950s-style linkage suspension system. Ronin Motorworks plans to build 47 examples, a reference to the 47 ronin of Japanese lore. The first few bikes will have a starting price of $38,000. Deliveries are set to begin this summer.

    Photo by Darin Schnabel⁄RM Auctions
    One of the finest car collections in the country is paring down...
    A stretched version of Maserati’s flagship Quattroporte sedan, the Octoporte is packed with...
    There may be no car collectors more fanatical than Porsche collectors...
    Photo by Piccinini Roberto
    The already impressive Huracán has been given an array of race-friendly upgrades…
    The new GTS, unveiled 50 years after the original Targa debuted, will hit U.S. dealerships in April…
    Photo by Jim Fets
    The successful trip puts Audi on track to release its first autonomous car in 2017…
    Jaguar’s design director discloses that the F-Pace is the production version of the C-X17 concept…
    This year’s show saw debuts from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and other top carmakers…
    The racecar set off a Ford winning streak at Le Mans that lasted four years…
    Photo by Mercedes-Benz
    Armored versions of the limousine-like vehicle will also be available…