It seems there is a lucrative market in making limited-edition GP race bikes for super-rich clients, with two European companies making two-stroke racers.
While Honda has produced the quarter-million-dollar, road-legal, four-stroke RC213V-S MotoGP replica, German company Ronax and Switzerland ‘s Suter Racing have gone down the retro two-stroke road.
The Ronax 500 is powered by a fuel-injected 500cc two-stroke V4 with 119kW at 11,500rpm but weighs only 145kg (dry) with its aluminium beam chassis, banana-tyre aluminium swingarm and carbonfibre bodywork.
The road-legal bike is based on Valentino Rossis’s 500cc-winning motorcycle at the 2001 MotoGP.
Only 46 will be built and the price is $144,000 plus taxes, freight, duties, etc. Since that also includes 19% German taxes, it’s going to cost closer to $200,000 to get it landed and ready for our roads.