Magpul Ronin 47 Motorcycle

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Jay Leno interviews Mike Mayberry, Magpul co-owner and VP of Engineering, about the Magpul Ronin 47 bike they introduced at SHOT Show in 2010. The Ronin only went into limited production last year. The Ronin project began when  Harley-Davidson announced they were ending the Buell brand. They purchased fifty Buell 1125 motorcycles from dealerships liquidating their Buell inventory and warehoused them. The first three were used for testing their Ronin concept and the remaining 47 are being used to build the Ronin.

Thanks to Intellectual for the tip.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • John

    If Magpul doesn’t make motorcycle saddlebags, clothing and accessories for pistols, rifles, submachine guns and swords, then they will have completely missed the point of their own marketing.

    As it stands, this is just another bullet bike.

  • Tet

    Bikes looks awesome, but wow 38k.

  • Glock Guy

    Does it come with an AR?

  • Dave

    Shouldn’t have chosen Buells’. They too angry and nit picky bikes. Should chosen like a Honda CBR engine or Kawasaki Ninja Engine

    • An Interested Person

      No, they should not have. Thumping American muscle is so much better than a buzzing rice burner.

      • Giolli Joker

        Better only for the ego as performance wise the Thumping American muscle suffers in every field against Japanese or European offers.
        Erik Buell knew that and he didn’t bother developing a bike on the liquid cooled H&D engine, choosing a not-so-American Rotax for his highest performance bikes.
        That being said, I love some old Buell designs (XB12S especially).

        • MPWS

          Yeah, me too!
          But, IMO he screwed up with his hard-headed view of putting tank in the frame; it has lots of disadvantage. There were similar attempts with integrated frames in past, one of them being Seelley. None of that worked

          • FightFireJay

            Funny, it seems to work fine in my bike, and about 65,000 other XB series Buells. Plus how ever many liquid cooled bikes were made.

        • FightFireJay

          Actually much of the engine design came from Buell, but they didn’t have the manufacturing capabilities.

          And, thanks, I’ll take almost any v-twin or triple for the street before I’ll take a 4 cylinder. Race track is a different matter. I’d rather have the power low for the street, where I’ll actually be using it.

          • Giolli Joker

            You’re talking to somebody with a Japanese and a European (Austrian) bike… 3 cylinders in total. 😀

      • Phillip Cooper

        You do realize the engine in that bike is not American, right?

    • BaconLovingInfidel

      How about .300 blk?

  • Awesome! I have a Buell 1125cr (the exact bike Steve used as the title photo) and love it. Great bikes with a nice Rotax Helicon EFI engine (departure from previous Buell bikes that used Harley air-cooled engies).

    • MPWS

      Do not drop it!
      You make hole in your tank/frame and nobody will fix it – and 25 grand is blown up!
      Even those frames are NOT made in the US; they are Italian.

      • FightFireJay

        Actually, they can be aluminum welded and fixed. Several owners have done just that. At some point in the production (not sure when) they did move frame production to the US.

  • Treiz

    bunch of guys after my own heart, I love the stripped down look.

  • superduper tac-shit

    How modular is this bike?
    Where are Magpul MOE handle grips and MOE seats?

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Welp, Is kind a sad seeing the only Original-American superbike builder goes bankrupt.

    • Erik Buell is still in business. He just isnt with Harley.

      • An Interested Person

        Filed for asset protection not too long ago. His WSBK team had to quit the competition. Not that they were very competitive anyways, unfortunately.

      • Giolli Joker

        EBR just filed for bankruptcy.

        • MPWS

          Yup. He also sold his stake in Hero motorcycles. That’s the end of Buell era. This is shame because he was the only hope for American sports bike. Gone by wind!
          Another such wet dream is Motus. Do they sell with $50k price tag? I do not think so. All you’ve got left is Hog.
          How does it relate to guns? Oh well, machinery is same, no matter what is the application!

          • Giolli Joker

            Motus is actually a very interesting and brave company… starting a small motorcycle company by designing a new engine takes an awful amount of courage… and it reflects in the final price: $31k or $37k for the R, definitely high, but not 50.

  • highhammer

    Wow Magpul. Stick to your day job. Ill stick to your firearms related products and my Ducati 899

  • I would like to hear his side of the story. Sounds like they just threw a little hissy fit because Jay dropped out for whatever reason.

  • Rugrash

    Is this the Costa crotch rocket that he rides into battle?

    • FightFireJay

      Please never use the terms “Costa” and “crotch” in the same sentence again… ever. Or just never say “Costa”, that works for me.

  • colin

    Firearms not politics .how’s this related. Ak47 chocy bars .silencerco dog whistles . Come on nice but SOOOO off target (get it off target . Silenced silent whistle. Allways works choc bar when broke can fix with any other countries choc bar) “Ivan do” random gun stuff like this all day