Official! Zontes Motorcycles India Launch This Year


Chinese motorcycle brand Zontes has announced its line-up of motorcycles for the Indian market. The two-wheeler maker has tied up with Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI), part of the Mohair Group, to bring five motorcycles to the market including the 350R, 350X, GK350 café racer, as well as the 350T and 350T adventure tourers. All five bikes share their underpinnings but cater to different segments.

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All five motorcycles draw power from the 348cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine tuned for 38PS at 9500RPM and 32Nm of peak torque at 7000RPM. The bike comes with 320mm front and 265mm rear disc brakes, along with dual-channel ABS. Suspension effort comes from telescopic forks at the front and monoshock at the rear. However, do note that the international spec version of the Zontes range comes with USD front forks instead. It needs to be seen as to which configuration makes it to the India-spec model considering the images shared by AARI show USD forks on the machines.

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As far as the 350R, 350X, GK350 and the 350T go, the motorcycles run on cast aluminium wheels with a 120/70 front and 160/60 rear 17-inch tyres. The Zontes 350T adventure tourer is the only offering that runs wire-spoked wheels with 110/80 19-inch front and 160/60 17-inch rear tyres. The Zontes 350T, 350T and the 350X, all get a 19-litre fuel tank promising a range of about 300 km. Meanwhile, the Zontes GK350 gets a slightly smaller fuel tank capacity at 17 litres. Lastly, the Zontes 350R gets the smallest fuel tank at 15 litres. The tank sizes though are fairly large for the segment and do contribute to the motorcycles’ hefty kerb weight. The 350R is the lightest of all at 180 kg, followed by the 350X at 185 kg and the GK350 at 188 kg.

On the feature front, all bikes come with a TFT digital instrument console with smartphone connectivity, full LED lighting, two USB ports, as well as some segment first features such as keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitoring system and more. Prices for the Zontes range are yet to be announced and AARI has confirmed that the motorcycles will be sold through its new MotoVault dealership network across India. We expect details on pricing and availability to be announced around the festive season. The Zontes range will be present in a highly competitive segment competing against KTM, Royal Enfield, Honda, TVS, BMW Motorrad, all of which operate in the sub Rs. 4 lakh space.

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