Bristol deploys the Bobber 650 in the Philippines
Bristol Motorcycles is quickly becoming a big player in the entry-level fat bike segment. With bikes like the Bristol Classic 400i enjoying relative success, the Chinese motorcycle manufacturer has updated its motorcycle fleet to offer larger, more sophisticated machines. In 2019, Bristol unveiled the Venturi 500, an adventure bike bearing an uncanny mechanical resemblance to the Honda CB500X.
Last year Bristol launched the Veloce 500, a great retro-styled street fighter with a single-sided swingarm and 500cc parallel-twin engine. This time, Bristol has again updated its repertoire with a cruiser.
The Bobber 650 uses a mix of retro and aggressive styling. What looks like a Royal Enfield Classic 500 that’s been in the gym for way too long, the Bristol Bobber 650 features a gigantic disc brake up front and massive tires front and rear. It comes from the factory with what others would use as aftermarket accessories. For starters, the bike comes with a single seat as well as clipped fenders.
The Bristol Bobber 650 is powered by a 649cc parallel-twin that produces a healthy 70 horsepower through dual overhead cams and an eight-valve cylinder head. Plus, the bike’s 14.5-liter fuel capacity gives it pretty decent mileage with a full tank of gas. It comes with standard components for fat bikes of this caliber – front and rear ABS and KYB suspension. Other than that, the Bristol Bobber 650 is a totally naked machine.
As for pricing, the Bristol Bobber 650 has been priced at PHP 398,000, which is the equivalent of $7,960. This puts it quite high in its segment with its main competitors such as the Honda Rebel 500 being more affordable at PHP 375,000, or the sum of US$7,500.