China motorcycles at Canton fair
By David McMullan of China Motorcycle News
Canton fair has long been considered the must visit exhibition for China motorcycle models. Last month’s Canton fair featured over 500 different powered 2 wheelers and presented cubs, scooters, cruisers, choppers, dirt-bikes, enduros, pit bikes, monkey bikes, street bikes, café racers and everything in between; here I’ll detail the some of the bikes that took the eye.
By far the two most eye-catching P2W at Zongshen’s stand were the Cyclone RX3 (ZS250GY-3) and the ZT3 scooter. The RX3 uses a NC250 engine which can generate power up to 18.5Kw/9000(r/min) and gives the bike a maximum speed of over 120Km/h. this high-end (for China) dual touring motorcycle is popular on the American market and is one of the Chinese bikes frequently reviewed by international motorcycle media, receiving good reviews from magazines and buyers all over the world.
The ZT3 is a new scooter manufactured by Zongshen. It comes with a recently developed 4th generation PT125 engine which has a 15% longer service life. Additionally, the scooter’s power has been increased by 25% giving greater acceleration; also, the noise has been reduced by 20% to make for a quieter and more comfortable riding experience. The all steel frame of the ZT3 is welded by Zongshen’s state of the art robotic welders and the body is covered with the latest ABS materials which can resist sunlight and rain and will not fade within a period of 10 years.
The Jialing X-Fire represented Jialing’s flagship product at the last Canton Fair and received a large following on the market. This year Jialing followed this up by releasing the 2015 X-Fire Sport. This new model is powered by the CBi700 engine which is patented by Jialing. The X-Fire Sport’s changes include crystal headlights, a widened seat, a stylish oval-shaped aluminium muffler, wider disc brake plates and an improved viewing angle for the rearview mirror. Jialing’s X-Ray and X-Power models also featured prominently on the stand.
Loncin displayed its most popular models including the CR9 (LX650) and GP250 (LX250GS-2) both of which have are popular on the South America and Southeast Asia market.
Shineray also showcased many popular bikes the most interesting of which were the XY400, a retro bike with a maximum power of 19.5Kw/7000rpm and the all-black XY250-7 cruiser.
The stand-out model at the XGJAO stand was the red and white ‘300 Racing.’ The 300R comes standard with a water cooled engine which has a maximum power of 20.5Kw/8500r/min and a maximum torque of 23n.m/7000r/min. XGJAO are one of the Chinese companies adept at producing high quality racing bikes and the XGJAO racing team won the Group and Individual Championships in the CRRC 2014 Beijing race.
Andes Motos displayed a new original design, a 120cc cub strangely named the ‘RoboCop’ (only in China could this happen!) This cub was launched at the beginning of 2015 and provides a maximum power of 5.5Kw/8000rpm. Although this lightweight bike just weighs 90kg, the maximum load capacity of it is 150kg. This model seemed to be of big interest to Russian visitors to the expo.
Qingqi- as usual- exhibited a large selection of motorcycles on its booth. The popular models were the QM200GY and other Enduro models from Qinqi’s Liger series as well as the Grampus QM250T touring scooter. Powered by GS series engines, the Liger series have been exported to over 50 countries globally. The GS series engines are one of the most technically advanced engines boasting high reliability and durability making the Liger series hot products.
In 2015, Wangye launched the second generation of their Eivissa scooter after the first achieved great success on export markets. Fitted with a 152QMI single cylinder 4-stroke engine the Eivissa-II is the flagship product for scooter specialists Wanye.
In early 2015, Haojin introduced the Hawk 200cc dual sport motorcycle in order to fill market gaps in Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and the Middle East. With a power output of 10.6kW/7500rpm and 15N.m/6500rpm of torque from its powerful 4-stroke engine, the maximum speed of the new Hawk is 90 km/h. It has good looking detailing including a simple analog tachometer on one side and a digital screen showing speedometer and fuel gauge on the other.
Last year the Raptor (SK150-10A) won the 2014 “Canton Fair Design Award” causing Senke to showcase three new café racers in 2015. These models, called ‘Aster’ are expected to be released at October’s Canton fair and no official specification details have been released by Senke yet but we were told that it will be available in matte black, satin red and milk white.
The pick of the electric scooters and bicycles
This Canton fair also saw many traditionally powered 2 wheeler manufacturers introducing electric scooters and bicycles to their range. The pick of the bunch (for me) was a novel foldable electric scooter-the MAD- jointly developed by Maiway and Chuangtai, a product that received great interest from European buyers. The MAD is a novel foldable electric scooter which has been certificated by CE and EEC and has filed for an international patent. It’s available in two control models: the 48 1300W brushless and the 36 1000W brush.
Lintex exhibited the V3 which was launched last year and is regarded as the first high-power electric motorcycle in China.
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