Long before Chinese motorcycle makers offered the large displacement bikes we're familiar with today, they started with smaller displacement models, typically 150 to 250cc in displacement, many riders called “China cruisers.” I should know, I used to own one.
They may have disappeared for a while in favor of the more popular scrambler and street styles. But now, it seems these cruisers from China could make a comeback, this time, bigger and hopefully better.
Just recently, Longjia, filed for a patent for an upcoming production 650cc, V-twin cruiser motorcycle. According to sources, the V-Bob 650 will most likely be powered by the same water-cooled powerplant underneath Hyosung’s GT650 motorcycle. Some sources claim it's also the same engine as Suzuki’s SV650.
If that’s the case, this new cruiser from Longjia might be producing up to 70 horses and at least 50 Nm of torque. For the chassis, it looks like straight-forward steel construction.
The patent filing also suggests that the V-Bob 650’s final drive will be similar to most Harley-Davidson cruisers, using a V-belt drive typical of cruisers as opposed to a chain drive. The patent also suggests the inclusion of a fully-digital panel gauge.
If this goes into production, it is highly probable that the V-Bob 650 will land here in the Philippines, albeit rebadged by an established brand here.