Bristol has been known for its affordable option in the entry level big bike market with the BR400i. Priced at just P238,000, this stylish cafe racer is one of the more affordable options for motorcyclists seeking to buy a bike they can ride on the highway. Over the past two years, the Chinese company has bolstered its lineup to include more premium motorcycles. For instance, Bristol now has the Venturi 500, a 471cc-engined adventure bike rivaling the Honda CB500X priced at P358,000.
This time, Bristol has added a cruiser into the mix. Surprisingly, the company has used a new platform for the cruiser, not employing any other engine found in their repertoire. The 2021 Bristol Bobber 650 is in fact Bristol’s largest displacement motorcycle in its lineup. Equipped with a 650cc parallel twin engine, the Bobber 650 wants to have a seat at the big boy’s table. Going into it, the bike’s 650cc engine is equipped with fuel injection, dual overhead cams, liquid cooling, and an 8 valve cylinder head. This affords it a healthy 68 horsepower which is transferred to the rear wheel via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Now let’s move on to the styling. The Bristol Bobber 650 employs styling cues reminiscent of custom bikes. However, it does so out of the factory. For instance, it comes with a single seat and chopped fenders. The Bobber 650’s floating rear seat gives it a very classic aesthetic, while the thick tires and large rotors give it an aggressive and premium aesthetic. Suspension duties are handled by KYB units front and rear. ABS comes standard as well. Apart from this, the Bristol Bobber 650 is a rather barebones machine—similar to the true essence of a bobber.
The 2021 Bristol Bobber 650 is available in Bristol dealerships in Caloocan and Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Priced at P398,000, this bike aims squarely at the mid-sized cruiser segment currently populated by the likes of the Honda Rebel 500 which is priced at P375,000, and the Kawasaki Vulcan S, at P415,000.