The front end of the Ronin features a linkage fork designed to improve the handling characteristics of the stock Buell chassis. Although not obvious at first, the axle travels along the same path as that of a conventional set of telescopic forks, and by increasing trail by 13 mm over stock, the bike steers nimbly yet handles confidently. An advantage to this design over a telescopic fork is that the suspension is easily tunable through the Penske mono-shock allowing finer adjustment for rider weight and road conditions. The linkage fork also gives the Ronin an aggressive stance fitting the overall aesthetic of the bike.
The aluminum alloy fork legs are investment cast and heat-treated just a few miles from the Ronin factory. The legs are important structural members and have been optimized for strength and weight via computer stress analysis simulations.
The front fender is constructed of strong yet lightweight carbon fiber designed to protect both the oil cooler and bottom of the radiator from road damage. The Ronin linkage front end is comparable in weight to a conventional telescopic fork.
FRONTAL COOLING SYSTEM & HEADLIGHT
The high-performance Rotax engine generates a lot of heat, enough to boil the fuel in the frame, so cooling the Ronin properly is paramount. We put the radiator right up front, perpendicular to the airflow to maximize cooling. Through many prototypes, tests, and designs, we achieved efficient cooling with a single radiator core which helped to reduce overall weight of the front end. An integrated radiator overflow tank is hidden away inside the left fork leg. The core is protected by an injection-molded grill which can be easily removed to access the radiator and adjust the headlights. The stacked low and high beam headlights are high-output projector beams, that provide performance in a compact lightweight package.