Benda, a Chinese motorcycle company, previously grabbed media attention with its futuristic and eccentric LFC 700 power cruiser. The Chinese manufacturer recently debuted its most current developments, a pair of self-developed V4 engines, one with 1,200cc and the other with 496cc. We now know the 496cc engine will be used in the BD500 power cruiser, and it looks very, very interesting.
Since the majority of Benda's model lineup comprises fashionable, futuristic cruisers like the aforementioned LFC 700, similar stylistic principles are followed by the new BD500, albeit in a more retro-themed design. The bike's finer details also have a few things in common with Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles. But the bike's engine may be its most amazing and greatest feature. When was the last time a V4 engine was found in a cruiser, after all? There is the Yamaha VMAX, for sure, but there are very few, if any, other V4 cruisers.
So what kind of performance can the Benda BD500 deliver? Well, not much, considering that it's a leisurely cruiser. Its 496cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V4 engine can produce 55 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 31.5 ft-lbs of torque at 8,000 rpm. In addition, the BD500 weighs 241 kilograms, which is by no means a featherweight. To support all that weight, it is provided with some robust underpinnings. The suspension is handled by a pair of inverted forks up front and a set of preload-adjustable shocks at the back.
The Benda BD500 is outfitted with 17-inch wheels and dual-channel ABS on the front and rear disc brakes. Regarding cost and availability, the BD500 cruiser will currently only be offered in the Chinese market, but a launch in the local market doesn't seem far-fetched, especially considering the rising popularity of Chinese motorcycle manufacturers as of late. Although Benda hasn't yet disclosed the model's price, we can anticipate it to be competitive with other midweight cruisers like the Benelli 502C and Honda Rebel 500, which are now ruling the middleweight cruiser market.