Brixton launches retro-styled GK1200 roadster
In recent years, it is clear that Chinese motorcycle manufacturers have stepped up their game when it comes to improving the style and overall build quality of their products. With some brands like CFMoto and Benelli starting to make a name for themselves in the global market, not to mention major OEMs partnering with Chinese companies to cut costs, there’s no denying that Chinese-made bikes are here to stay. to stay.
Brixton, a Chinese motorcycle maker that has started to enter Asian and European markets, recently unveiled a retro-styled high-capacity roadster called the GK1200. Now I’ll leave it to you, dear readers, to decide if this bike is a Bonneville scam, but it’s certainly clear that this iconic British Twin served as the inspiration for the Brixton GK1200. The Chinese neo-retro machine sports a classic, vertical style with decent proportions that make the bike feel serious. In fact, it might be too easy to mistake this bike for a Triumph Bonneville or Kawasaki W800 at first glance.
Styling aside, the Brixton GK1200 uses a parallel twin engine moving 1,200 cubes. Now, if the harvest of Chinese made parallel motors currently on the market is anything to do, then there is a good chance this mill will get a 180 degree crankshaft. Sorry guys, but if so, you will surely be disappointed with this bike, especially if that’s the rugged exhaust note you are looking for. Who knows, though? Maybe it could actually sport a 270 degree crankshaft similar to what is found in the Bonneville. Gaokin, the company in charge of producing these engines, claims a maximum output of 85 horsepower and 81 lb-ft of torque.
Besides the engine, the GK1200 has respectable components consisting of original KYB suspension and Nissin brakes. Bosch manages electronic aids such as ABS, traction control and drive modes. In addition, the bike benefits from full LED lighting and a round TFT dashboard mounted squarely in the center of the handlebars. Certainly, this bike represents a step forward when it comes to bicycles made in China. However, only time will tell if this bike is really built to last. Expect to see the Brixton GK1200, along with other bikes of the same type at EICMA later this year.