When you think of classic style machines, chances are that brands like Triumph and Royal Enfield come to mind. These bikes have captured the hearts and minds of Pinoy bike enthusiasts young and old thanks to their timeless styling, killer looks, and impressive performance. Needless to say, the neo-retro market here in the Philippines continues to grow, with a broader and more exciting selection of machines to choose from.
You may not be familiar with Fantic Motor, however, the brand has been making waves in Europe for several years now, and has also begun disrupting the retro off-road market in the US, too. Its selection of rugged, classic-style bikes certainly looks appealing, especially for those with a penchant for off-road capability. However, Fantic’s model range isn’t all show and no go. Its 500cc machines perform as well as they look, with premium components complementing its retro, custom vibe. The brand is setting its sights on launching in the Philippines, and through the help of a small group of passionate motorcycle aficionados, this is slowly becoming a reality.
Very recently, we got the chance to take a close look at Fantic Motor’s prospective motorcycle lineup for the local market. The bikes were displayed in Siklo Supplies Co., in Quezon City, and needless to say, the bikes were more than impressive. The brand looks to debut the Caballero range of bikes consisting of the Scrambler, Flat Track, and Rally. All three bikes have varying degrees of off-road prowess, but all of which are equally at home on the trail and pavement. All three bikes are underpinned by barebones, albeit premium componentry.
For starters, the engine consists of a 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine equipped with electronic fuel-injection. Across the board, the engine is rated for 43 horsepower, making for an extremely peppy ride, considering the fact that all bikes tip the scales just north of 340 lbs with a full tank of gas. This punchy motor mated with the model range’s timeless aesthetics translates to a motorbike that’s drop-dead-gorgeous and surprisingly enjoyable to ride. Other features include long-travel inverted forks, a preload-adjustable rear monoshock, Bybre brakes, and an exhaust system designed in partnership with Arrow. LED lights, a basic digital instrument pod, and switchable ABS come as standard, too.
At present, the folks behind the local debut of Fantic Motor still have a few things to iron out before they officially debut the bikes, as well as announce the prices of each of the bikes. For reference, in Europe, Fantic’s 500cc model range retails close to the 7,000-Euro mark, translating to the ballpark of P400,000. That said, we’ll have to wait, see, and keep our fingers crossed that this exciting Italian motorcycle brand sets up shop in the Philippines very soon.