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Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions

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Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« on: April 14, 2019, 11:42:11 PM »
About a year ago I tried the 125 Caballero and whilst an impressive machine being well built, good looking and very capable it was clear that the cycle parts could easily cope with more power, the 125 while suitable for learners was not really up to exploiting the full capability of the frame and cycle parts



Well now the clever people at Fantic have shoved in a 43 bhp 500cc single into what looks like essentially the same frame and cycle parts. The UK based consultancy Ricardo designed the engine apparently and they have a pedigree that includes working on engines for the like of the McLaren road cars! The lower engine mounts look different and I think that there is some additional bracing and the weight of the bike is up by 20kgs when compared to the 125. However it still only 145kg overall, which is pretty light, especially in modern biking terms. The new engine looks perfectly at home in there and I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to ride a demonstrator last week.


500cc...now that's more like it

Well what a cracking piece of kit, now that it has the balls to match its brawn the Fantic hacked across the Worcestershire A and B roads around the hills surrounding the famous Shelsley Walsh with real aplomb. I was taking it easy as the motor still had less than one hundred miles on it, but even so the bike is now transformed and would be great fun for an experienced rider. The rural A and B roads I tried the Caballero on matched it's character perfectly and the suspension felt taut and controlled and the brakes powerful. It was fun to hustle along and the extra grunt really transformed the whole experience. I didn’t try it on any unmade roads or green lanes but I would expect it would be a hoot. The grunty 500cc single would be ideal in these conditions and the extra power has only meant a small increase in weight. Off road this would be much better than so many of the larger retro scramblers from the likes of Ducati and Triumph. Whilst both are powerful, with their much larger twin cylinder engines they also have to lug around much more weight.

So what we have here is a good looking, light and relatively simple fun bike, which at £6399 is significantly cheaper than the likes of the offerings from Triumph and Ducati. I think the engine has more to offer too, and an aftermarket exhaust would liberate it from some of the emissions restrictions all bikes are hampered with now. Mind you it would be a shame to junk that lovely looking stock exhaust.

My advice is going a check out the new Fantic, try one if you can….I really think you will be impressed based on my brief ride 

125 Review for those of you still on L plates:

http://bikemeet.net/index.php?topic=8336.0

http://www.midwestmoto.co.uk/
« Last Edit: April 15, 2019, 12:22:30 AM by Radar »



Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 01:44:40 AM »
 was interested in the 500 when shopping for the Beta, I think I made the right choice at the time, but by heck... the 500 is a lovely looking bike! :-)

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 09:37:34 PM »
was interested in the 500 when shopping for the Beta, I think I made the right choice at the time, but by heck... the 500 is a lovely looking bike! :-)

You certainly seem to be enjoying your Beta, there is a Fantic more in that style, but you're right the Caballero is a cracking looking bike

Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 10:35:08 PM »
Aye... the Fantic enduro is as tall as a house, think it is even taller than the KTMs!  :o

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2019, 11:48:03 PM »
Aye... the Fantic enduro is as tall as a house, think it is even taller than the KTMs!  :o

The Caballero was a little on the high side for a stumpy like me too...

Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 12:57:41 AM »
the enduro is 3" taller still!

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2019, 11:19:59 PM »
the enduro is 3" taller still!

I wouldn't have a snowflake's chance in hell with that one! Dirt and adventure bikes have gone crazy tall in recent years and just can't get near some of them! The DT175MX, the first bike I ever rode was so low compared to what is about these days

Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2019, 11:49:29 PM »
It is what endeared me to my Beta Alp 4.0 and also what appeals to me about the Beta Xtrainer. I wish they did a 4T version of the Xtrainer

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2019, 10:09:33 PM »
I was really impressed with the styling and finish of these when I saw them at the NEC, great value. I know they are very different bikes but if looking for something at this price point it would be interesting to try this against the Royal Enfield Interceptor.

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2019, 08:32:51 AM »
I was really impressed with the styling and finish of these when I saw them at the NEC, great value. I know they are very different bikes but if looking for something at this price point it would be interesting to try this against the Royal Enfield Interceptor.

Midwest Moto have a demo bike, I am sure they would be happy to let you out on it. I am keem to try the new RE too, apparently selling really well

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Re: Fantic 500 Caballero - brief imprssions
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 07:57:45 PM »


Andy (aka Thumper) tried the 500 too recently. Came away impressed with it's road manners, but felt it was perhaps a little too road biased