The motorcycle industry is currently in a transitional phase where older generations of motorcyclists are starting to hang up their leathers while manufacturers do their best to entice younger prospective riders to take up and enjoy our dear sport of motorcycling. The small-displacement market has been on the rise for some time, with several successful models within the 250cc-400cc range that aim to get beginner riders started.

47moto Mosquito

Latching onto these popular trends and confident it can create a bike that can outperform current options is 47moto. Based out of Minnesota and led by Mike Samarzja, a former Buell design manager of 17 years, 47moto plans to offer three lightweight 250cc models tailored to urban life, where increasingly more people are living these days. Its flagship model, aptly named the Mosquito, is targeting those who are looking for a small, economical and easy-to-use motorcycle but don’t want to compromise when it comes to style.

What’s unique about the Mosquito is the modular nature of its frame. It will allow riders to adjust their footpegs and handlebars as well as ride height without sacrificing suspension travel to create a tailored fit for nearly any size of rider. This has two likely benefits. It provides beginners the ability to find comfortable, confidence-inspiring ergonomics, and it allows more experienced riders to dial in a setup they prefer without costly modifications. Also paramount to 47moto is the Mosquito’s affordability both in the purchase price and in maintenance costs, making it easy for the buyer to justify the expense of owning a motorcycle. But most importantly, 47moto stresses the Mosquito is about having fun on two wheels, and we can all get behind that.

47moto Mosquito

47moto will be working closely with SYM, a Taiwanese manufacturer who has built engines and vehicles for Honda and Hyundai that also has its own line of small-displacement motorcycles. 47moto will import and dismantle SYM T2 250i motorcycles and retain certain components. Shared parts will include the 250cc single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor with six-speed transmission as well as the 17-inch wheels and adjustable front brake with steel braided line. From there, however, 47moto will upgrade and build the rest of the bike based off its own design.

2015 SYM T2 250i Symfighter First Ride Review

The Mosquito was unveiled at the AIMExpo along with plans to build two other models including the Dragonfly and Firefly City X Adventure. The Dragonfly will be a two-up version of the Mosquito with a windscreen, and the Firefly will add cargo racks and hand guards in hopes of capitalizing on the growing adventure-bike market. 47moto has plans to bump the displacement up to 300cc for the three models and also add a Bosch ABS braking system down the line.

47moto Mosquito

The Dragonfly featuring a two-up seat and windscreen.

47moto Mosquito

The Firefly City X Adventure would feature cargo racks as well as hand guards.

Performance-wise, the current 250cc powerplant claims output of 25 hp with a 90-mph top speed and 90-mpg fuel economy. Bringing the Mosquito to a halt will be a four-piston radially-mounted front caliper. As of now pricing is set at $4,995, which is not the cheapest in the quarter-liter segment. For reference, Honda’s Thai-built CB300F retails for $4,149 ($4,649 w/ABS), while KTM’s 390 Duke has an MSRP of $5,299. However, the Mosquito’s adjustability, stylish looks and American assembly should entice prospective buyers here in the United States.

2017 KTM 390 Duke Review

The entry-level motorcycle market is broadening to attract younger riders, with plenty of options to choose from. Can a small, start-up company from Minnesota throw its hat into the ring and compete with the likes of the Japanese Big Four? Only time will tell, but we admire their efforts and hope to someday throw a leg over the Mosquito and find out for us here at MO just how it stacks up.

Related Readings:

2016 KTM 390 Duke Long-Term Review

Beginer-ish Sportbike Shootout + Video

Little Tearers Comparison: Honda CB500F vs. KTM 390 Duke

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS Review

Sub-300cc Sporty Bike Shootout + Video

  • GreggJ

    I think it is more accurate to say an American/Taiwan hybrid. When you say China, most think of mainland China, which is vastly different than Taiwan in government, freedom of the press, respect of patent rights, and most importantly for this article, general overall quality of manufacturing.

  • motorboy

    As a second bike they had me right up to the 5 grand price tag–it will not sell

    • DickRuble

      I don’t see a reason to buy this (cute looking) bike instead of a 300 Versy or CBR, which cost about the same.

      • David K

        No reason to buy this when main stream makers can offer more bike for less money.

  • KPC

    OK, I like the looks but for the price they should be 500cc singles with 50 hp. Then the price starts to look reasonable. Taiwan makes some good stuff. Why do people think

    a 250cc street bike will breakthrough in the USA? They won’t.

    • thunder1200

      Curios. Can I borrow that motorcycle industry Crystal ball ya have there? 😉 Big twin sales are at an all time low, choppers and bobbers …yawn … fad. Now it’s time for a younger crowd that wants cheap reliable transportation that’s not a scooter and not a car. Let’s see how it unfolds! 300cc with ABS in the works too. 🙂 This American endeavor has my support.

      • DickRuble

        Your support is worthless. Your cash on the other hand.. after you buy this one, post a picture here. Then don’t forget about Motus.. they need support too.

        • thunder1200

          I put money down on one. Not as my primary cycle but something my wife and daughter can hone skill on. My 1st motorcycle was a 125cc – I see value on small displacement.

          I certainly can’t pony up for a Motus but they make a damned fine machine and ya won’t hear me poo-pooing Motus cheering failure. Positive for a US bike is a lot more refreshing than the negativity some prefer to see.

        • Born to Ride

          Don’t forget to put your left boot by the front wheel!

    • Born to Ride

      This bike with the CBR500 twin would be a kick ass beginner bike.

  • Junker

    Sometimes you wonder how a company fails, but sometimes it’s obvious.

    Paying for parts and assembly that you are going to then pay again to dismantle, add more parts, somehow dispose of the parts you don’t need? Wish I had thought of that. It might be different if they were keeping almost everything and building a premium product, like say Saleen Mustangs. They’ve got the premium price, but no premium product–just a dodgy foundation with a facelift.

    • thunder1200

      Like Carroll Shelby? Ronin Motorcycles?

      • Junker

        Can’t tell if you’re agreeing or disagreeing. Lol. If agreeing I say, Exactly! If disagreeing, I would think those were more like my Saleen example. Not real familiar with Ronin, though. I don’t see a premium product here. Did Shelby use Taiwan engines?

        Looking at the pics again, I’m thinking a recent Honda desgn…and we know how far off the pulse of motorcycling they’ve been lately.

        Only time will tell, I guess. I give them a year, maybe.

    • Suman M Subramanian

      I was wondering about that too – why pay for components that are going to be discarded? (Not to even speak of the wasted/duplicated labor, as you mentioned.) Aren’t import duties higher on finished goods than on components, too? I like the styling on all three models as well as the innovation (nice to see the Buell pedigree shining through), and might be interested in the 300cc version if the price is right. Eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain would help a lot with that.

    • Campisi

      Upstart motorcycle companies often have to prove themselves in the market for a while before larger suppliers will bother dealing with them. Zero, for instance, only managed to secure a deal from Showa for suspension in the last couple of years. SYM probably won’t bother selling individual engines and components to 47moto until the latter proves themselves worth the bother.

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  • thunder1200

    I’m excited to see this! Nice write up Brent on a new American/Taiwan hybrid (solid point GreggJ). Terrific style, innovative, engines from a world class manufacturer and a competitive price from an *American brand* out of Minnesota! How cool is that?

  • SRMark

    Reminds me a bit of a Motus. I’d not underestimate a person’s willingness to spend a bit more to get something different. Many Ducati’s get sold that way. Not to say this is a Ducati…

  • HazardtoMyself

    Its expensive for the class, but at least with this one they are offering something nobody else does.

    Being able to adjust bars, pegs and ride height without aftermarket parts could be a big selling point to new riders.

    Now MO just needs to get their hands on one and see if it stacks up to the marketing hype.

    • MyName

      Could also be great for moto safety courses that provide a bike for the class, if they prove reliable enough.

  • Matt O

    I wish them the best of luck, but I’m not hopeful. Probably a better motor than the Suzuki though.

  • James D. Becker

    They have been showing this bike for quite a while now. Looks good but the price could be it’s downfall? We will see.

  • Gary

    I would love to hear some dialog regarding the future of motorcycling as autonomous cars become more prominent. Will bikes be outlawed? Will there be autonomous bikes? Or do The Powers That Be feel that driverless cars can peacefully coexist with motorcycles that are guided by real live Homo sapiens?

    • You were reading my mind this morning! Stay tuned for an upcoming column.

    • Jason

      As more and more driverless cars hit the roads, the insurance pool will shrink and before you know humans won’t be able to afford to buy insurance to pilot their own vehicle.

  • Daniel Benjamin

    Finally America gets the 250 standard it’s been clamoring for. If only the big Japanese makers would offer small displacement bikes at a low cost for new riders. Maybe even BMW could learn something here and offer a 300cc standard, to bring new people into the sport. KTM could probably make a small displacement single that punches above its weight, too.

    • Kevin Duke

      Um, may we remind you of the BMW G310R and KTM 390 Duke?

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  • gjw1992

    Looks good and should be a handy commuter. But in this price range they should be niche and have gone for loop frames, round tanks and headlights – and targeted the fashionable (still?) beardy brigade wanting to nip about town but not prepared to stump up for a name scrambler.

  • dbwindhorst

    Maybe, if it were a 400.

    • spiff

      Agreed, or even a 500. 250cc bikes get passed around so often that many times there is no connection with the bike. If you are trying to build a brand you need to pull on some heart strings.

  • Stephan Boatin

    I’m not an engineer, just an avid rider. However, to my eyes the frame structure looks like a “flexy flyer”. It may not be so, but it just looks that way. Let’s hope the folks in Minnesota designed in enough structural rigidity to do the job.

  • StripleStrom

    I’m all for any American manufacturer building something other than a cruiser. I hope they succeed.