Chinese manufacturer Benda presents the Bobber Napoleon with retro styling
There seems to be a trend toward increased popularity of cruiser motorcycles among Chinese manufacturers. Many of them have been launching new cruiser models in recent months, such as CFMOTO's CLC 450, Jonway's V400 and QJ Motor's SRV cruiser range. Indeed, in the context of the Asian market, small displacement cruisers make perfect sense, as they are easier to use by shorter riders and can be easily handled in traffic. (Bobber Napoleon)
That said, there is another new cruiser model on the Chinese market, and this time it is from Benda. We've talked a bit about Benda in the past. The Chinese manufacturer has always been one to go overboard with design, and indeed the Napoleon, as it is called, is no exception. Right from the start, this bike has a neo-retro design, with a round headlight and an aerodynamic fairing.
As far as performance is concerned, the Benda Napoleon has a 488 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V-twin engine.
With a bore and stroke of 67 millimeters and 63.6 millimeters respectively, the engine delivers 50 hp of power, which puts it on par with models like the Rebel 500 in terms of performance. The bike is 190 kg, although Benda does not indicate whether this figure is dry or wet weight.
Of course, when bikes like this come to the Chinese market, it is often a question of if, rather than when, these bikes will make it to the global market. Pricing for the Benda Napoleon has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be available on the Chinese market by the end of June 2023. Currently, Benda already has a dealer network in Europe, and the Napoleon could very easily be adapted to fit A2 licensing regulations.
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