May 26, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Mutt Akita & GT-SS

A Pair of Mutts

Perhaps it is a direct representation of my seasoned rider experience but I truly have a soft spot for modern retrospective motorcycles. The latest to enter our market are Mutt Motorcycles officially and exclusively distributed by the United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI) company which has been the official distributor of FOTON after they were established in 2006, and CHERY since 2019. The Mutt model range in their varied 125 and 250 cc powerplants were presented during the last MIAS 2022 Autoshow next to the C! booth.

The current price and model range begins at P185,000.00 for a Mastiff 125 cc or Fat Sabbath 125 cc or Hilts 125 cc, to P250,000.00 for most of the 250 cc models, and finally with the tall inverted front fork and monoshock rear Razorback 250 cc at the tail end at P270,000.00. Soon there will be the GT-SR 250 model that has some key new technical upgrades like an LED headlight, Flexi-LED mini indicators, the lowest seat height of 790 mm, drilled shifter and pegs, and more engine jewelry. If UAAGI prices the upcoming GT-SR 250 model properly, that could be the runaway hit.

The Fat Sabbath and FSR models have the second lowest seat heights at 810 mm while the rest of the range (GT-SS, Mastiff, Akita, and Hilts) hover at 830 mm. The tallest is the Razorback at 900 mm.

The two supplied engines are licensed old-school Suzuki GN 125 and 250 powerplants (Suzuki produced the engine from 1982 to roughly 1997) for optimal reliability. Both simple air-cooled thumpers use electronic fuel injection and a 5-speed manual transmission. The 125 cc produces 12 bhp and 7.4 lb-ft of torque while the 250 cc produces a more usable 21 bhp and 13.2 lb-ft. All the bikes look purposeful and characterful with slight aesthetic nuances to distinguish themselves from each other and suite consumer individuality.

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The Akita’s 250cc engine

We tested the GT-SS (Grand Tourer Super Single) and the café racer inspired Akita. Both use steel tubular frames, standard front forks with gator covers and dual shock rear swingarms with ABS brakes (295 mm drilled disc up front with two piston calipers and a 210 mm drilled disc at the rear with single piston caliper).

 

2022 Mutt GT-SS 250

 

2022 Mutt Akita 250

Mutt Motorcycles are now based in Kings Norton, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Founder Benny Thomas and his team have been building high-end vintage customs for quite a period of time, for over 15 years, before they finally setup Mutt which is a culmination of their talents and experience to produce affordable, reliable, and entertaining small displacement motorbikes. Mutt is currently developing new models (including a wider selection of custom parts and apparel) that will use larger displacement engines to power their characterful mobility creations.

Mutt motorcycles are approximately 65% produced in China with the remaining 35% of the work being accomplished at the Birmingham site which includes design, operations, packaging, research and development.

The all-black frames are accompanied by spoked wheels, aluminum mudguards with tasteful handmade brushed TIG welded stainless steel brackets, aluminum LED tail light, LED indicators, Renthal handlebars with unique grips per model, a halogen headlight with protective grille and a single round instrument gauge with an analog tachometer and digital screen that displays ABS, speed, gear, trip, and fuel indicators. The Mutt CNC machined fork cap, head stem nut, oil filler cap, valve covers, aluminum sump guard and more are very tasteful details on both bikes.

 

The Akita 250 uses the same sized tube-type 120/90R18 65P Timsun knobby tires mounted on combination stainless steel spokes on black aluminum rims, while the GT-SS uses a mixed set of street-biased Timsun rubber with a slightly wider rear 130/80R18 tire and 120/90R18 front tires on unpainted spoked aluminum wheels. The exhausts look and sound a little different but have no impact on engine power. The diamond-stitch seat of the GT-SS matches the diamond pattern grips. I preferred the contrasting brown seat on the Akita. The GT-SS has a smaller teardrop 15-liter tank with a Monza style cap while the Akita uses a rectangular 17-liter fuel tank.

Both modest yet visually dramatic bikes are quite good and handle reasonably well but I am concerned that the retail prices are on the high side especially given their dynamic abilities and the limitation of not being able to legally operate them on the highways. They are still fun and have their own character nonetheless for city and provincial backroads. They are an acquired taste in a very competitive arena.

Specification – 2022 Mutt Akita 250cc

Engine: Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 249 cc, 4 valves, EFI, SOHC, 5-speed MT.

Max power: 21 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Max torque: 13.2 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 12.6 sec.

Top Speed: 131 km/h (82 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 4.6L/100km overall

Price as tested: PhP 250,000.00

C! RATING 8.5/10

+Large 17-liter fuel tank, new rider-friendly, attractive styling, uncommon.

Modest dynamics, halogen headlight, steep price.

 

Specification – 2022 Mutt GT-SS 250cc

Engine: Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 249 cc, 4 valves, EFI, SOHC, 5-speed MT.

Max power: 21 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Max torque: 13.2 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 12.7 sec.

Top Speed: 128 km/h (80 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 4.7L/100km overall

Price as tested: PhP 250,000.00

C! RATING 8/10

+New rider-friendly, uncommon, uniquely appealing, efficient.

Modest dynamics, halogen headlight, price.

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