Lifan LF600 Cruiser Debuts With 58-Horsepower V-Twin

Chinese language producer Lifan sticks to what works. You might ask, what’s the issue with that? Effectively, Lifan usually sticks to what works for different OEMs, merely shrinking confirmed platforms into market-appropriate fashions.

For proof, we flip to Lifan’s Ducati Scrambler copycat, the Hunter 125. If that smoking gun isn’t sufficient proof, the KPT 150’s BMW R 1250 GS-inspired headlamp and the KPT 400’s Harley-Davidson Pan America-esque styling ought to shut the case. For the model’s newest outing, it ventures into the cruiser phase. Lo and behold, the Lifan LF600 borrows from class mainstays as effectively.

Whereas Italian outlet and German publication Motorrad are fast to level out the LF600’s potential showdown with Kawasaki’s Vulcan S, the mannequin liberally borrows from one other class stalwart – the Ducati Diavel. From its muscle-bound silhouette to its V-twin configuration, the Lifan rips a number of pages from the Bologna model’s design ebook.

When you can transfer previous the uncanny resemblance, although, the LF600 nonetheless shuttles the Chinese language marque into new territory. Greatest identified for producing sub-500cc singles, Lifan’s new water-cooled, fuel-injected, 573cc V-Twin powers the Diavel doppelgänger to 40.6 pound-feet of torque and 58.5 ponies. The model claims that the pokey powerplant propels the LF600’s 233-kilogram (513.7-pound) mass to 165 kilometers per hour (102.5 miles per hour).

Lifan depends on brakes from Spanish Brembo subsidiary J.Juan to carry that heft to a halt, however two-channel ABS prioritizes security all of the whereas. Up entrance, the USD fork advantages from adjustment clickers whereas a monoshock steadies the rear. The LF600 additionally appeals to traditional cruiser conventions with a 19-inch entrance and 16-inch rear wheel, however all-around LED lighting and a digital gauge modernize the mannequin.

Lifan could not rating excessive on the originality scale, however the LF600 proves that the model continues to raise and refine its choices, no matter its spinoff styling.