In the world of motorcycles, there are several manufacturers and brands that have captured many heart and are popular the world over. Many are stereotypes, while few others dare to stand out, and that's what sets them apart from the rest and creates their own loyal following. Lifan is one such manufacturer, providing to motorists a different field of motorcycles that not just are good performers, but are great value as well.
Lifan is Chinese motorcycle manufacturer that started operations as a motorcycle repair shop just about two decades ago in the town of Chongqing. Over the years, they acquired several companies and expanded their lineup to include automobiles and trucks as well; but their core challenge was always delivering high quality, well-engineered motorcycles to make their mark on the world. Lifan is already one of China's largest motorcycle brands with several models of scooters, motorcycles and ATVs under their umbrella.
One of their flagship motorcycles is the Lifan 250 V-Twin Cruiser. The 250 is also one of Lifan's two multi-cylinder motorcycle engines and takes its pride of place in their V-Twin Cruiser model.
Design: The Lifan 250 Cruiser is no small motorcycle; in fact, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a much larger-engined highway mile muncher. It bears design similar to iconic motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson's Softail range, with its kicked out front forks, teardrop fuel tank, low slug split seat design and those timeless-design twin exhaust pipes.
Build: The Lifan 250 is based on a double-cradle chassis that uses the engine as a stressed member and provides good balance and rigidity. The elongated telescopic front forks offer good suspension travel. At the rear, the twin coil springs soak up the bumps well. Stopping power comes via the large disc brake unit up front, with a mechanical expanding drum brake at the rear. These are actually more adequate than they sound, because the Lifan 250 Cruiser, big as it may seem, isn't too heavy at all. Even with the low slung design, it offers good ground clearance and feels well-balanced to ride.
Powertrain: At the heart of the Lifan 250 Cruiser is a gorgeous 250cc V-twin engine. It pumps out 18 horsepower and 19 Nm (14 lb/ft) of torque, which may not seem like much, but is more than sufficient to provide a good amount of thrust to this 340 pound cruiser. On the highways, that low end torque provides more than decent cruising and overtaking ability. The 5-speed gearbox has well-spaced ratios and allows you to exploit the motor's full potential with ease.
Summing Up: The Lifan 250 is one of the few affordable small cruisers you can buy that actually looks like a bigger cruiser. It's comfortable, efficient and can cover many miles with ease. It's build quality and reliability are well taken care of and that gives you that all-important peace of mind on long trips. With a price tag of about US $2,500 the Lifan 250 offers great value and a priceless big cruiser feel!
Specifications - Lifan 250 Cruiser
Engine: 4-stroke V-twin.
Displacement: 248.90cc (15.13 cu.inch).
Bore x Stroke: 1.9" x 2.6".
Cooling: Air cooled.
Clutch: Wet multi-plate.
Ignition: Transistorized Coil.
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1Max.
Power: 18 hp / 8000 rpmMax.
Torque: 14 lb/ft / 6000 rpm
Front Suspension: Hydraulic telescopic forks.
Front Brake: Disc.
Rear Suspension: Twin coil springs.
Rear Brake: Drum.
Ground Clearance: 5.9".
Tank Capacity: 2.5 galon.
Dry Weight: 336 lbs.