- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 09 May 2014
Chinese motorcycle manufacturer WK has taken the wraps off its brand new Tomcat, a Union Jack-painted 125 cc bike for the UK market. It's an interesting idea, and the bike looks awesome.
If riding a Chinese-built motorcycle with the Union Jack flag is not quite to your liking, the manufacturer offers alternative flag options on the white paint of the fuel tank. As well as the Union Jack livery, the Tomcat can be painted with the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish national flags.
The Tomcat also looks great on the technology side. It is powered by a one-cylinder 125 cc 4-stroke, air-cooled engine and comes with a great 5-speed manual gearbox, which makes the bike feel more like a bigger machine. And although its wheels are only 12 inches, the ride is smooth even on tougher routes. WK's motorcycle is expected to come with a hydraulic front disc brake and probably with a drum in the rear, autoevolution reported.
The Tomcat is expected to hit dealerships in the UK later this month, with a price of around £1,199.
It is no secret that the Chinese bike industry has been flourishing over the years, and that's because nearly half of all motorcycles in the world are built in the Asian country. But until now, Chinese bikes have been small capacity, mainly scooters and learner motorbikes created for commuters, which bike enthusiasts dismiss as being cheap and of poor quality. WK might prove them wrong.