Middleweight ADV Option / The Brixton Storr 500 Is Real, and Coming Here, Maybe


A while back, we discussed the Brixton Storr 500 concept shown at EICMA 2022 and asked whether you’d buy it if it were available in North America. If Brixton has its way, you might just get that opportunity with a bike virtually unchanged from the original concept.

Brixton’s website provides no solid details about the Storr. Instead, it leans hard into the British heritage it very much does not have. Brixton is based in Austria, while the motorcycles are made in China by Gaokin. However, according to Cycle World, new type-approval documents confirm all of the information we speculated about back then and add more details as well. It will use the same engine 486cc parallel-twin engine as the Crossfire 500, peaking at 47 horsepower, essentially a copy of Honda’s CB500 engine. On the plus side, this engine works extremely well in the CB500X, so as far as adventure riding is concerned, it ought to do well.

Brixton Storr 500

Photo: Brixton

The Storr’s suspension comes from KYB and is essentially the same setup as the Crossfire 500 XC, a scrambler version of the Crossfire. An ADV-specific suspension might be preferable, but it’s understandable why Brixton is sticking with a setup they know works. It has a 56.7-inch wheelbase and weighs 461 pounds wet. Photos clearly show a single disc brake on the front and back wheels, likely using components from Brembo subsidiary J. Juan and Bosch ABS as Brixton’s other models do.

Brixton Storr 500

Photo: Brixton

Overall, it seems the Brixton Storr 500 could be a worthy competitor in the midsize ADV market. Some factors are holding it back, however. Currently, there are no Brixton dealers in North America. Despite a large “Find a Dealer” button on the website, the search function doesn’t work because there are no dealers to find. While the Storr’s price has not yet been announced, it’s safe to assume it will undercut the Honda CB500X. But will those savings be worth not having Honda’s extensive dealer support?

Finally, a recurring theme, particularly in the comments of our previous article about the Storr, is that riders are hesitant to buy a motorcycle so obviously made in China. I say “obviously” because many mainstream brands, including the likes of BMW and KTM, also have models made in China. While companies like CFMOTO continue to slowly but surely gain popularity in North America, there is still a strong bias against Chinese motorcycles, whether justified or not. Only time will tell whether Brixton’s effort will be a success.



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