This is the mantra of the relative new kid on the block, LANGEN MOTORCYCLES.
NMM Director, James Hewing met Langen Motorcycles at the Motorcycle Live Show at Birmingham NEC back in November 2021 and was thrilled to see their brand new and exciting British 2 stroke debut machine, which is powered by a 90° V-twin 249cc crankcase reed-valve two-stroke motor with twin contrarotating cranks.
Langen’s first ever custom built 2 stroke is due to complete production and be delivered in June 2022, so we of course wanted to know a bit more about the company’s origins and ethos.
The Langen dream began in 2018 as an automotive engineering and development company where Wigan based founder Christofer Ratcliffe (formerly Chief Design Engineer for 10 years at CCM Motorcycles in nearby Bolton) began to pen the first conceptual ideas of an ultra-lightweight motorcycle unlike anything else on the road.
A special relationship began in 2019 with Vincenzo Mattia‘s – Vins Motors in Maranello. With both company’s desire to push the boundaries of innovation and technical excellence along with a shared a passion to produce lightweight pure motorcycles, a partnership was made, and Langen Motorcycles was born.
Over the past 4 years the team has continued to evolve & grow with the wealth of experience and knowledge coming from across the automotive industry from the likes of CCM, Triumph, BAC, Mclaren and M-sport.
Founder, Chris Ratcliffe aka ‘Langen’ says:
“I am immensely proud of the fact that our bike is designed & built in the UK using genuine British suppliers, right down to component level. Our mission here at Langen has always been to create machines which unite exceptional technical performance with the intangible element and purity of the ride – motorcycles that move your soul”.
NMM Director James Hewing says of Langen Motorcycles:
“We are thrilled to see the emergence of this limited-edition twin-cylinder 250cc machine as it defies convention by reviving the performance two-stroke engine for street use.
We have invited Chris & his team to display the original bike at this years ‘Museum Live’ weekend (Sat 29th & Sun 30th Oct 2022), where it can be seen by the thousands of die-hard British motorcycle enthusiasts, who we have no doubt will have a plethora of queries as to how they have made this re-emergence such a stunning reality!”
If you cannot wait that long to find out more, watch this fabulous video where Chris Ratcliffe gives you a virtual tour at Motorcycle Live back in 2020: