Langen’s 2025 Lightspeed: A retro modern marvel in the motorcycle world

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle
Born from the vision of Christofer Ratcliffe, the 2025 Langen Lightspeed blends retro style with a potent 1190cc V-twin engine. Images courtesy Langen Motorcycles

Langen, a boutique motorcycle company, has recently expanded its portfolio with the introduction of the 2025 Lightspeed, a model that complements its acclaimed, super-lightweight 2-Stroke. Known for its meticulous craftsmanship and distinctive designs, Langen’s latest offering continues to impress with a blend of retro charm and modern performance.

The Manchester-based company, founded four years ago by Christofer “Langen” Ratcliffe, a former Chief Design Engineer at CCM, has quickly made a name for itself in the niche motorcycle market. The Lightspeed, unlike its predecessor, the 2-Stroke, ventures in a new direction while maintaining the essence that makes Langen unique.

Design and Aesthetics

The 2025 Lightspeed maintains a modern retro appeal, a signature of Langen’s design philosophy. It features a steel trellis frame, which was a visual standout in the 2-Stroke. However, the Lightspeed’s frame diverges with a more rigid, straight, and structural appearance, embodying a more substantial form. Despite its bolder size, the bike maintains a reasonable weight at 185 kg (408 lb), presuming this is the dry weight.

Materials and Customization

Langen has paid special attention to materials and personalization. The bike sports minimal bodywork, with existing parts crafted from carbon. The suspension components are sourced from Sweden and painted black, while the brakes are provided by Hel. Notably, Langen offers customization in terms of paintwork, handlebars, wheels, and other touches, allowing each buyer to have a unique motorcycle.

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle Roadster
The Langen Lightspeed redefines roadster aesthetics with its sleek, minimalistic design and a powerful 1190cc V-twin engine for an unmatched riding experience.

Engine and Performance

At the heart of the Langen Lightspeed lies a 72-degree Rotax V-twin engine, displacing 1,190 cc. It delivers a robust 185 horsepower (138 kW) at 10,600 rpm and 138 Nm (102 lb-ft) of torque at 8,200 rpm. This engine, originally designed for Erik Buell’s EBR 1190RX superbike, promises a powerful and exhilarating ride. It is noteworthy that the Lightspeed achieves the impressive one horsepower per kilogram ratio, a testament to its power-to-weight efficiency.

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle Engine
Featuring a liquid-cooled 1200cc V-twin, the Langen Lightspeed’s engine is a modern adaptation of the classic EBR 1190RX superbike powerhouse.

Riding Experience

The Langen Lightspeed may inherit some character traits from the EBR 1190RX, known for its need for open roads and a somewhat challenging city ride experience. It remains to be seen how it performs in urban settings, but its superbike roots suggest a machine eager for acceleration and speed, potentially complete with a turbine-style whine on downshifts.

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle Headlight Handlebar
The Langen Lightspeed features a clean headlight and handlebar setup.

Availability and Pricing

Langen plans to produce 185 units for the UK market, starting in 2025, and an additional 370 units for the global market beginning in 2026/2027. The Lightspeed comes with a starting price of UK£37,000 (approximately US$46,090) plus taxes. While this price point is steep, the bike’s unique blend of retro styling, modern performance, and exclusivity may justify the cost for enthusiasts and collectors.

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle Exhaust Tip
The exhaust tip on the Langen Lightspeed echoes the design elements of the dash and headlight.

In conclusion, the 2025 Langen Lightspeed is a bold step forward for the boutique motorcycle maker, offering a unique blend of retro style and modern performance. While its price may raise eyebrows, its distinctive design, bespoke customization options, and powerful engine make it a noteworthy addition to the world of high-end motorcycles. Whether it justifies its hefty price tag will depend on individual preferences and the value placed on exclusivity and craftsmanship.

Langen Lightspeed V-Twin Motorcycle Bespoke
Each Langen Lightspeed will be uniquely tailored to its owner, with customizable wheels, handlebars, and paintwork among the personalized features.

Source: Langen Motorcycles