The Brixx Venturi 500 is an Italian-inspired, PH-brand adventure bike

Is it ready for a showdown against foreign competitors?
by Matthew Galang | Oct 28, 2019
PHOTO: Matthew Galang

Brixx Philippines, under the newly launched Bristol Group of Companies, has entered a new contender into the Philippine adventure-bike arena: the Brixx Venturi 500.

If the brand Brixx sounds unfamiliar to you, we understand. We just found out about the brand, too, when it was launched on October 26, 2019, at the Makina Moto Tiangge held at Metrotent in Pasig.

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Brixx is an Italian-inspired Filipino motorcycle brand that, according to the Bristol Group, will focus on bringing stylish and exciting adventure and sport motorcycles to the Philippine market.

The star of the show at Brixx’s launch, as mentioned, was the Venturi 500, an adventure bike assembled in the Philippines with parts sourced from all over the world. Powered by a 471cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that makes 46.9hp at 8,500rpm and 43Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, it presents itself as a capable machine that allows for a reasonably priced entry point into the adventure-bike lifestyle.

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Brixx has kept the needs of modern Filipino adventure riders in mind when it designed and engineered the Venturi 500, as standard equipment includes a feature-rich digital gauge display, a 12V car-cigarette-lighter-type charger socket, a USB power socket, engine crash guards, a skid plate, and a rear bracket mounting base plate. Most of these features have to be purchased as accessories or on the aftermarket for other adventure bikes, but Brixx has decided to just throw all of them in with the Venturi 500’s standard package.

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Reading the spec sheet for this model brings up an all-star cast for the parts, like KYB providing an inverted front fork and rear monoshock, Nissin taking care of braking with ABS-equipped 300mm twin-rotors up front and a 240mm disc—also with ABS—in the rear, Bosch supplying the EFI unit, and AFAM providing the chain. The combo of world-class components and Filipino labor and workmanship leads us to believe that Brixx just might have stumbled upon the right formula for quality at a reasonable price.

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We had the opportunity to take the Venturi 500 for a quick spin around the Moto Tiangge test-ride area, and so far, impressions are pretty positive, as the forgiving seat height and the slim seat-and-chassis combo yield quite an easy bike to ride. The engine feels reminiscent of a Japanese adventure bike with the same displacement that we’ve previously reviewed—totally capable and ready to go on an adventure.

Speaking of, the European-looking Venturi 500 is priced at P358,000.

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Shifting presented no problems, either. Stay tuned for an actual full ride review, where we’ll see how this Philippine-assembled bike stacks up against foreign mainstream competitors.

Are you interested in this locally built adventure machine? We hope you didn’t miss the Makina Moto Tiangge in Pasig. The friendly guys and gals from the Bristol Group were there to respond for your inquiries on this new kid on the block.

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