Langen Motorcycles is a vintage British brand from Manchester with a storied history reaching back to … Oh, 2019. Well it certainly looks vintage, in the finest hipster tradition. It’s a new concern started by Christofer “Langen” Ratcliffe, the ex-Chief Design Engineer at CCM Motorcycles, which explains some of the visual similarities between the new Langen 2-Stroke and the CCM Spitfire we first saw in 2017.
That was a beautiful bike, and so’s this with its tastefully curvaceous trellis frame and swingarm, spoked tubeless rims, carbon tank and bodywork, 24-karat gold leaf detailing, rubber fork gaiters and neo-retro cafe racer styling.
The big news, of course, is in the model name. A two-stroke road bike, the kind of thing we all thought died out with the mighty Aprilia RS250 back in 2004. Indeed, the motor comes from the manufacturer of the only other two-smoker streetbike we’ve seen in the last ten years: the Vins Duecinquanta, a featherweight 250 weighing just 95 kg (209 lb) in road trim and even less in a track.
Vins provides the 250cc 2-stroke engine, a 90-degree v-twin with CNC-machined engine casings and an impressive 80 horsepower