New Zontes 500T Adventure Tourer Coming Soon!

If there is still any doubt in your mind about the capability of Chinese motorcycle manufacturers, it would probably be best to remove it entirely. Take Zontes for example, it is fast emerging as a formidable contender aiming for prominence in the international arena.

Zontes’ latest release is strategically targeting the lucrative entry-level middleweight segment, which typically falls within the 300cc to 500cc displacement range.

The new Zontes 500 T adopts the form of an adventure-tourer and is anticipated to hit the global market in 2024. The Zontes 500 T will come in two versions – one featuring alloy wheels for a road-focused experience and another with wire-spoke wheels for enhanced off-road performance.

Powering the Zontes 500 T is a 498cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. Generating an impressive 51 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque, this places the bike ahead in power compared to its parallel-twin-equipped counterparts within a similar displacement range.

However, owing to its single-cylinder configuration, some vibrations can be expected. Zontes claims a top speed of 180km/h for the 500 T.

In terms of aesthetics, Zontes uses the standard adventure bike design. The 500 T features angular bodywork, a tall windscreen, and crash bars on the sides for added protection in case of a tip-over. The off-road-inspired design is accentuated by a front beak.

The bike rides on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel with dual-purpose rubber, while the road-focused variant opts for 17-inch wheels both front and back. Suspension is handled by an inverted front fork and a mid-mounted monoshock, with braking managed by twin front discs and a single rear disc.

As of now, Zontes has not disclosed the pricing and availability details for the 500 T. It is likely to enter the European market in 2024, leveraging the brand’s established distribution network in countries such as France, Germany, and Italy. Given the trend among Chinese-made motorcycles, the 500 T is expected to offer an attractive price point, undercutting its Japanese and European counterparts significantly.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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