With gas prices hovering at $4-a-gallon, the sale of small displacement motorcycles aims to receive a shot in the arm. Bad part is, unless you’re hustling around on the Ninja 250R or Honda CBR250R, then styling options for those preferring a low displacement cruiser-style motorcycle is limited. This potentially could play into the hands of Johnny Pag Motorcycles
whose 2013 lineup includes two 320cc models, the 2013 Malibu 320I and 2013 Ventura 320I, in addition to a larger 600cc version of the Malibu. The company, founded in 2009, is headquartered in Southern California where the bikes are designed while assembly is done in China. The company has been working the last year working on getting dealers bikes and receiving EPA approval. The Malibu models are currently undergoing CARB scrutinization in California.
According to JPM’s Virginia distributor, they recently rode a couple of 2013 Johnny Pag motorcycles from Virginia to Sturgis where feedback from the Sturgis crowd was positive for the most part. We can see the bar-hopper look of the 2013 Ventura 320I appealing to the Sturgis demographic with its raised bars, raked front end, peanut-style gas tank and dropped seat. In between its 21-inch tall front hoop and 18-inch rear sits a 320cc liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection. A 24-inch seat height and claimed 408 pound curb weight are attractive features for smaller or beginning riders. Though the tank on the Ventura 320I only holds 2.1 gallons, the motorcycle gets a claimed 68 mpg from its 22 horsepower Single.
On the 2013 Malibu 320I, they dropped the high bars for a one-piece pullback handlebar and put on a more traditional 4.75-gallon gas tank. The Softail-styled motorcycle sources the same liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine as the Ventura 320I and likewise runs equal dimension tires front and back. The Malibu 320I does have an inch-longer wheelbase as its rake has been kicked out to 38 degrees, three more than the 35 degree angle on the Ventura. It also has dual adjustable rear shocks whereas the Ventura 320I appears to be a rigid. Braking duties are the task of dual front discs with twin-piston calipers for both 320I models. The 2013 Johnny Pag Malibu 320I and 2013 Ventura 320I each list for $5199, an interesting price point considering the long-standing Honda Rebel sold for a grand cheaper last year. JPM does back all of its models with a one-year manufacturer warranty.
In the looks department, the 2013 Malibu 600I is a carbon-copy of its lower displacement brother, down to the 4.75-gallon tank. Its 600cc engine is also a liquid-cooled Single mounted in between tubular stainless frame rails. Surprisingly, both its front and back fenders are made of steel, too. Forward controls and bars within easy reach above the tank should leave riders comfortably upright with room to stretch their legs. So far, no price is listed for the new 600cc Johnny Pag cruiser.
Popular accessories like handlebars and exhaust are among the offerings in the JPM accessory catalog. The Johnny Pag MC website says the company has stocked up replacement parts for all its models in warehouse when it comes time for servicing. Besides working to develop a dealer network domestically, the company is also looking to shop its bikes internationally and have listed the Motorcycle Show Brazil 2012 (Nov. 6 – 11) EICMA in Milan (Nov. 13 -18) as potential avenues to explore.