Described as the ultimate expression of Bushido, the Samurai code of honor, the tale of the 47 Ronin has been called one of revenge, one of loyalty and one of Japan’s national legends. Its message has been spread across the world, and was even adapted into a movie, which starred Keanu Reeves, in 2013.
To pay tribute to the 47 men of this legend, Ronin Motorworks has created a special line of motorcycles. There are 47 motorcycles in this collection, each being named after one of the 47 Ronin samurai.
The example seen in this article is number 47, named for Oisi Yoshikane, the youngest of the samurai. At age 16, he was the first to enter the enemy’s castle during their attack. This bike, and all of the others, is based on the discontinued Harley-Davidson Buell 1125. Changes made to the Buell 1125 body that make this bike special include:
- New linkage fork
- Front-mounted radiator
- Proximity key for startup
- Aluminum housing for tachometer and speedometer
- Customizable digital display
- Hand-stitched seat cover
- New aluminum and stainless steel exhaust system
- Tuned engine
- Custom-made tubular subframe
In their first batch, Ronin Motorworks unveiled models 36 through 47, and they will be releasing the remaining motorcycles in the near future. To learn more about these bikes and see the other models, be sure to visit: The47.com.