Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Benda recently stirred up a bit of online buzz with the launch of the LFC700: a muscle cruiser that is powered by a 700cc inline four-cylinder engine. The LFC700 also garnered attention with its striking, angular bodywork, wide rear tire, and unique headlight.
The brand’s latest release is more beginner-friendly. Meet the Greystone BD300: a 300cc-class cruiser with a V-twin engine. This conventionally styled machine is designated as the BD300-16, which makes it the successor to the BD300-15.
The new bike’s 300cc mill will pit it against fellow lightweight cruisers like the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and Honda Rebel 300. Whether or not it can go toe-to-toe with these offerings from more known brands is another story.
At the Greystone’s heart is a 298cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine with about 30hp available at 8,500rpm and 25.3Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. This power is sent to the rear wheel via a belt-driven six-speed manual gearbox, which is equipped with a slipper clutch.
Matched to the V-twin mill is a twin-exit exhaust for a proper cruiser vibe—further complemented by the teardrop-shaped fuel tank. Also cruiser-appropriate are the low seat and high, wide handlebar with bar-end mirrors.
The Greystone is fitted with 16-inch wheels and wide section tires (130 front and 150 rear). Both wheels also have disc brakes, with dual channel ABS as part of the standard kit. A right side up fork takes care of suspension duties up front, while twin shocks handle the rear.
The bike is equipped with LED lighting to illuminate the road ahead, while a full color TFT dash provides the rider with necessary info.
Pricing for this lightweight cruiser has yet to be announced, but will likely be higher than the outgoing BD300’s CNY 19,889 or P154,310 price tag.
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