Bristol Motorcycles has earned itself a reputation for producing capable big bikes at very reasonable price points. We’ve previously reviewed the Bristol Veloce 500, and we had a blast with the neo retro-style scrambler. The newest offering from Bristol is retro-styled as well, and has the biggest engine to roll off of the Philippine-based brand’s production line yet.
Meet the Bristol Bobber 650, the most premium machine in Bristol’s stable thus far. As the name suggests, this is a bobber-style motorcycle, complete with a low seat, macho stance, and classic looks that recall the custom-built bobbers that pioneered the style.
Nestled in the steel frame of this low-slung machine is a 649cc DOHC, parallel-twin engine that cranks out about 69hp at 8,500rpm and 62Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. Paired to this mill is a six-speed manual transmission with a chain final drive transmitting power to the rear.
Bristol claims the Bobber is capable of 16km/L , which is likely made possible by the bike’s Bosch electronic fuel-injection system. With its 14.5-Liter gas tank, the Bobber should have around 232 kilometers of range, making it a pretty convincing choice for long rides.
Also helping the Bobber’s case as a mile-munching machine is the low 29.1-inch seat, comfy-looking ergonomics, mid-mounted foot controls, and USB power socket for all your gadget-charging needs.
Tubeless spoked wheels adorn either end of the Bobber, which are appropriately shod in fat retro-styled tires. Also mounted on these wheels are hydraulic disc brakes, with a 345mm rotor up front and a 280mm rotor out back. Both ends are equipped with ABS for added safety. Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic KYB fork with classic fork boots and bobber-appropriate twin rear shock absorbers.
Plan to bring someone along for the ride? Bristol offers a pillion seat as an option, allowing for a passenger without detracting too much from the bike’s clean-cut image.
Interested? This old-school cool bike with modern features and performance can be had for P398,000.
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