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The Langen 250cc V-Twin, created by former CCM chief design engineer Christofer Ratcliffe, is reportedly replete with advance orders. And as a result Ratcliffe's Wigan-based Langen Motorcycles operation is looking to recruit additional engineers and technician/fabricators to expand its team.

Launched in late September at Blenheim Palace’s toffee-nosed Salon Privé Concours event, this direct-injection stinkwheel combines 75bhp at 14,500rpm with a featherweight 114kg wet to achieve a 660bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio that will outstrip most supercars. 

Asking price is a cool £28,000 plus VAT and Ratcliffe says around a third of the bike’s initial 100-strong production run were reserved with £1000 deposits in barely three weeks after the presentation. Manufacture is set to begin next summer at a rate of two or three hand-built examples per week.

These machines will be certified as fully road-legal for the UK but confined to track days elsewhere. However, if there is sufficient interest from overseas clients, Langen will also consider producing a further 150 units in homologated form for the rest of the world. Taken together, they will probably qualify as the last high-perfomance two-stroke road motorcycle series ever to be made.

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