Victory Motorcycles aren’t the only interesting entrant in this years’ Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Ronin Motorworks, creators of the beautifully unique Ronin 47 will be entering this years race with the first of the 47 motorcycles they are building. The bike is appropriately called Oishi Yoshio after the leader of the Forty-seven Ronin in their 1702 vendetta and thus the hero of the Chūshingura.
Revealed in an update on their Facebook page, regular Pikes Peak entrant Travis Newbold will pilot the EBR 1190RX based machine up the mountain in the Pikes Peak Heavyweight class. Travis completed his first test ride on the back up test bike and provided the following quote:
“The first ride was a pretty darn good success. This is the secondary race bike. The primary one is going to be mental! I was pleased to find the Ronin handled very well. I pushed it harder and harder all day and did not have one single moment that the tires did not track like rails. The next month is going to be a lot of fun as I get more seat time. I am one lucky fucker!”
The Ronin racer and its backup prototype bike is painted in a color combination that is a nod towards the classic Japanese anime science fiction series, Genesis Climber MOSPEADA . The actual race Ronin will be #1 (Oishi Yoshio) of the 47 bikes released and is based upon the EBR 1190 that primarily differs from the other 1125 based Ronins in that it has a larger engine and chain drive.