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Ronax 500cc Two-Stroke Sportbike Coming June 8
A tribute to Rossi's Honda NSR500?
German company Ronax GmbH is producing a limited edition street-legal two-stroke sportbike rumored to be based on the Honda NSR500 GP racebike. The company isn’t releasing much information but what little it has revealed about the Ronax 500 has certainly piqued our interest.
What we do know for certain is the motorcycle will be powered by a 500cc two-stroke V-4 engine, which sounds like Honda’s racebike of yesteryear. Toss in yellow cloth covering the bike in the teaser images and the fact Ronax plans to produce just 46 units … a color and number closely associated with one Valentino Rossi who won the 2001 500cc Grand Prix world championship on the NSR500.
“A legendary engine makes it comeback! Furious, demanding and impressive as it ever was!” Ronax describes the engine on its website, again offering a hint to the bike’s lineage.
The tightly-wrapped yellow cloth reveals some more hints of the NSR500.
Note the similar ram air intake on the nose of the fairing. A look at the rear of the Ronax 500 shows the outline of two exhausts on the right and another two under the tail, again resembling the NSR500.
Ronax says its 500 is a true racebike but can be easily configured to make it street legal, hence the mirrors.
The covers will come off on June 8, and we get the first official look at the Ronax 500.