Back in 2014 I shared a post about Ronin Motorworks and their limited run of 47 motorcycles based around the Buell 1125CR – each bike was named after a member of the 47 Ronin, an impressive (and true) tale which exemplifies the Japanese samurai code of honor, which includes ritual suicide, revenge…and more ritual suicide.
The short story is that Ronin Motorworks acquired 27 1125’s before Buell was terminated, and transformed them into 47 bikes across 7 different “releases.” The final release of regular production was called the “Raw”, and it was differentiated by the brushed aluminum finish, brown leather seat, and red accents. Click here to see all of the different releases. Just two “Raw” bikes were built: #6 (Hazama Mitsukaze) and #7 (Kurabayashi Takeyuki). It looks like both are still available, though we’re focusing on #7 today.
This example is still new, and it’s not clear how long ago it was built. Per the original story from 1893, “After his [Kurabayashi Takeyuki] master’s death, he went to the eastern province with other retainers and there disguising himself as a cloth dealer was engaged in watching the movements of the enemy. Indeed his valuable reports lent in a great measure towards attaining the successful issue of the plot. He was then 24 years old.”
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