British company Langen Motorcycles – appeared in the month of March with a very clear idea in mind – create a motorcycle like the ones before but with current technology. The startup – the brainchild of Chris Ratcliffe, who worked at CCM for ten years before leaving to start his own business – plans to put a brand new 250cc two-stroke sports bike with a very refined look into production (very limited), at the end of the year.
The inspiration for the Langen’s “The 2 Stroke” design is the iconic two-stroke models from the mid-1980s. Its drive will be provided by a fuel-injected, 250cc, 90-degree v-twin motor from Italian firm Vins Motors, producing 80bhp 11,800rpm. Although the two-stroke itself is seen as outdated, the engine has modern touches like electronic fuel injection and a counter-rotating crankshaft.
The use of high-quality, technologically advanced components by Langen does not end with the engine. For suspension, there is a set of 43 mm Öhlins forks at the front, and two Ktech Piggyback Razor shocks at the rear. The brakes are dual-disc front and single-disc rear with machined aluminum radial calipers. The 2 Stroke also has a hand-made aluminum frame and a carbon-fiber body, which allows it to reduce its weight considerably.
Because the appeal of a two-stroke motorcycle lies in the high power and low weight. Langen says his completed bikes should weigh around 112 kg. Besides, the bike includes a removable 6-speed gearbox, the multidisc wet clutch, the aforementioned carbon, and real 24-carat gold details and naked carbon on display.
The price of The 2 Stroke has not been revealed, but judging by the equipment used, we are not about to see a cheap bike. The limited-edition model will be manufactured in only 250 pieces.