If you haven't heard of Benda yet, you might want to start paying attention. Some weeks ago, the Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, launched a wildly-styled cruiser it calls the LFC700. It offers riders a Ducati Diavel-style cruiser at a fraction of the cost.
They've followed it up this week with anothe wild creation. Their latest radical model seems to have been inspired by sci-fi movies and mecha anime. This new model is the LFS700 which goes by the nickname, “Tang Knife”.
On the outside, the LFS700 brings together elements of mecha, a streetfighter, and the front rake of a flat tracker. They come together to look like Gundam-inspired naked bike. As you can see, it has full-LED lighting and unique, trapezoidal underseat exhausts.
Power and tech
Powering the LFS700 is the same 680cc, liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine in the LFC700 cruiser. Like LFC, this streetfighter’s powerplant churns out a claimed 94 Ps at 11,000 rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. Its transmission has a slipper clutch for easy shifting.
It's held aloft by premium KYB suspension. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with Brembo calipers, and dual-channel Bosch ABS.
The rider gets a large TFT screen with smartphone connectivity and many more.
All put together, the LFS boasts of a relatively light curb weight of only 217 kilograms versus the LFC cruiser's 235 kilograms.
The Tang Knife can reach a claimed top speed of 210 kilometers per hour.
Like the LFC700, the LFS700 is an absolute beauty at the fraction of the cost of a similar bike in the 700cc category.
According to reports, the LFS700 will be sold in China for only CNY 38,800 (roughly PhP 300,000, PH taxes and duties not included). It is also reported that the Benda Tang Knife will be sold in the Chinese domestic market sometime in October this year and will be sold internationally, shortly afterward.
Would you pick this or go for a Kawasaki Ninja 400 which has an SRP of PhP 331,000?