Chinese motorcycle maker Benda has certainly been flexible when it comes to rolling out new models, which are surprisingly fresh considering their country of origin. Note, however, that when I say “fresh” I mean Benda seems to have gone to great lengths to come up with designs that aren’t blatant rip-and-paste scams from other bikes.
It is clear that Benda has a very futuristic design language, using many square, pointed and angular shapes in her designs. We’ve seen what they’re capable of styling with the LFC700 four-engine in-line cruiser and naked street fighter Tang Knife. However, we don’t really know how the company is doing from a technological standpoint. That could very well be about to change, as Benda recently unveiled two new V4 engines at the recent Chonqing Moto Expo.
The two engines are a first for any Chinese motorcycle manufacturer thanks to their displacement and configuration. Until these two engines were revealed, the larger and more technologically advanced Chinese engine was the KTM-derived parallel twin engine in the recently launched CFMoto 800MT. The first of two engines launched by Benda is a large 1,198cc V4 engine which was designated BD476. It has a bore and stroke of 76 x 66mm, which is similar to the dimensions of the V4 engine found in the Yamaha VMAX. The 16-valve, twin-overhead camshaft engine configuration gives it an impressive 153 ponies power output at 9500 rpm.
Considering the dimensions and power output of the BD476, it is more than likely to be suitable for use in a large capacity cruiser or sport touring machine. Maybe even an adventure bike to compete with the Ducati Multistrada V4. That said, the likelihood of this engine being featured in a superbike is pretty slim.
The second V4 engine, designated BD453, is something that hasn’t been seen for a long, long time. With an effective displacement of 496cc, this mid-size V4 is suitable for the popular mid-weight segment of sports machines. Extremely popular in Asia, bikes of this capacity deliver just the right amount of power to be versatile for use in the city, on highways, and on winding roads. With around 56 horsepower on hand, it will certainly be interesting to see this engine mounted on a sports platform, say a sports bike similar in nature to the Honda VFR400 of 1986.