The CIMA Motor 2023 expo in Chongqing, China, witnessed a remarkable introduction with the debut of the Victoria Simplee V7 motorcycle. 

Amidst a plethora of lesser-known Chinese brands, this new model stands out by carrying the legacy of a century-old German motorcycle manufacturer, Victoria-Werke.

This unexpected resurrection comes after the trademark rights to the Victoria Motorrad brand were acquired by a Chinese company, leading to the creation of the Victoria Simplee V7.

Victoria-Werke, a historic name in the world of motorcycles, originally commenced production in Nuremberg, Germany, in the year 1901. In its heyday, it was considered a prominent player within the German motorcycle industry, sharing the limelight with renowned brands like Zundapp, which has since transitioned its focus to electric bicycles. 

The Simplee V7, true to its heritage, prominently features the historic emblem, which includes an eagle and crowned human head, representing the coat of arms of Nuremberg.

While the historical influences are unmistakable, the 2024 Victoria Simplee V7 is undeniably a product of modern China. Aesthetically, the Simplee V7 represents a unique fusion of retro and contemporary design elements.

It avoids the classic motorcycle appearance and leans towards a neo-retro style. Key features include a prominent LED headlight, a distinctive fairing that extends to enclose the oil cooler, and a robust, bulky tail section.

That said, the Simplee V7 boasts a 700cc air and oil-cooled V-twin engine equipped with Bosch electronic fuel injection. This powerplant generates a modest 43.5hp and 50Nm of torque, attributed to an 82.6-millimeter bore and a 63-millimeter stroke.

On the technological front, the motorcycle incorporates a KYB inverted front fork and preload-adjustable rear shocks. Nissin braking hardware, complete with dual-channel ABS, ensures efficient stopping power. 

Additional safety features include traction control. However, given its relatively low power output and a substantial weight of 223 kilograms, this feature may prove superfluous. The motorcycle also offers a full-color 3.5-inch TFT display and the convenience of a built-in USB charger.

In the Chinese market, the Victoria Simplee V7 has been competitively priced at CNY25,777 that’s equivalent to RM16.7k. 

In a segment that has seemed dormant for some time, with prominent models like the Yamaha YZF-R6 and Honda CBR600RR facing challenges due to emission restriction, enthusiasts now have reason to be excited. CFMoto, recently unveiled a promising new addition to the supersports category at the Zhuzhou International Circuit during CFMoto Day—the 675SR.

The 675SR aims to fill the void left by the absence of iconic supersport models, boasting an inline-triple powerplant with a displacement of 675cc. While specifics remain limited, CFMoto has disclosed that it’s expected to produce approximately 74lb ft of torque per liter, totaling around 50lb ft—nearly matching the performance of the venerable Daytona 675.

Triumph, on the other hand, plans to reintroduce the Daytona name, but with a different approach. Their forthcoming machine, based on the Trident 660’s core, will have a 660cc engine and a more relaxed riding demeanor, targeting Honda CBR650R sales.

The CFMoto 675SR’s potential to outshine the new Daytona remains uncertain, but early indications are promising. The motorcycle appears to feature a unique engine design, with hints that it may have evolved from the CFMoto 450SR’s parallel-twin engine, incorporating additional capacity and an extra cylinder.

CFMoto has tantalizingly described the 675SR as possessing a “monstrous delivery to the rear wheel” and touting “first-class features” in areas crucial for both road and track performance, including brakes, chassis, equipment, and design.

With the 675SR seen in action at the Zhuzhou circuit, it’s evident that development is well underway. Enthusiasts eagerly await more information about this intriguing entry into the supersport arena. Stay tuned for updates on what could be a game-changer in the world of sportbikes.

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer, is set to further expand its presence in the Asian market by introducing the X350 and X500 models to Japan in October 2023.

  • The introduction of the X350 and X500 comes as a result of a collaborative effort between Harley-Davidson and Chinese manufacturer QJ Motor.
  • The partnership aims to create small-displacement motorcycles designed to appeal to a wider range of riders.
  • These two models are based on existing QJ Motor and Benelli designs and have already made waves in the Chinese market.

The X350, drawing similarities to the Benelli 302S, features a 353cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-twin engine, generating 36hp @ 9,500 rpm and 31Nm @ 7,000 rpm. On the other hand, the X500, styled after the Benelli Leoncino 500, boasts a 500cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-twin engine, delivering 47hp @ 8,500 rpm and 46Nm @ 6,000 rpm. Both models are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

These new additions to the Harley-Davidson family represent a significant departure from the brand’s traditional cruiser styling, featuring a more standard and naked bike design. The move underscores Harley-Davidson’s commitment to adapting its product offerings to meet the preferences of diverse global markets.

With the Japanese launch just around the corner, enthusiasts and riders in Japan can look forward to experiencing these distinctive motorcycles, which reflect Harley-Davidson’s dedication to innovation and its evolving global strategy.

For motorcycle enthusiasts in Japan, the arrival of the X350 and X500 promises an exciting new chapter in the Harley-Davidson legacy, offering riders a fresh and dynamic riding experience.

In a significant development for the motorcycle manufacturing industry, Yamaha has made an official announcement regarding a planned change of ownership of Chongqing Jianshe Mechanical and Electric Co., Ltd. (CJMEC), a current partner in the Yamaha motorcycle manufacturing joint venture in China, known as Zhuzhou Jianshe Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (ZJYM). This change is scheduled to take place in November 2023.

  • Under the terms of the agreement, ZJYM’s equity interest will be transferred to ZHEJIANG CFMOTO POWER CO., LTD. (CFMOTO).
  • The new entity resulting from this transition will be named Zhuzhou CF Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (ZCYM). Currently, ZCYM boasts a workforce of approximately 500 employees.

The ownership distribution in ZCYM will be as follows: CFMOTO will hold a 50 percent share, Yamaha will maintain a 44.23 percent share, and the remaining 5.77 percent will be held by Tair Yea Limited.

Yamaha views China as one of its crucial production and sales bases and considers this change in ownership as part of its strategy to enhance competitiveness. The company intends to engage in discussions with CFMOTO to determine the future direction of their joint venture with the goal of further elevating their competitive edge within the market.

This development not only has implications for Yamaha but also signifies a significant shift within the global motorcycle industry. CFMOTO, which already maintains a close working alliance with KTM, will now further solidify its position within the industry through this alliance with Yamaha.

The collaboration between CFMOTO and Yamaha is expected to have a positive impact on the industry landscape, with potential benefits for both companies and motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide.

As November 2023 approaches, all eyes will be on Zhuzhou CF Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (ZCYM), as it sets out on this new chapter in its journey, with the hopes of continued success in the ever-evolving motorcycle market. Stay tuned for further updates on this development and its implications in the coming months.

After the unfortunate downfall of Norton Motorcycles in 2020, the prospects for the company’s promising range of 650cc twin-cylinder models seemed bleak.

  • The Atlas Ranger scrambler, Atlas Nomad retro-roadster, and the Superlight sportbike were poised to make waves, but the company’s collapse put a halt to those plans.
  • Zongshen to revived Norton’s 650cc twin-cylinder engine with a new roadster. 

Nevertheless, the resilient spirit of the Norton twin-cylinder engine refused to fade away. In a remarkable turn of events, the rights to this modern marvel were licensed to China’s Zongshen, a well-respected player in the motorcycle arena. Armed with determination, Zongshen embarked on a journey of redevelopment, breathing new life into the engine that had once stirred the ambitions of motorcycling enthusiasts worldwide.

The result? The awe-inspiring Cyclone RX650 adventure bike, which recently debuted in the Chinese market, capturing the essence of Norton’s original vision. With a power output of 71hp @ 8,500 RPM and a peak torque of 52Nm @ 7,000 RPM, this reincarnated twin-cylinder engine stands apart in the crowded realm of similarly sized twins.

But the story doesn’t end there. Zongshen’s ingenuity has given birth to an enlarged 850cc version of the engine, promising even more power—98 horsepower and 80Nm of torque. The possibilities of what this revived engine can achieve seem boundless.

As for the design, the Cyclone RE650, an homage to Norton’s legacy, exudes a retro-inspired charm. The trellis-style steel frame pays homage to the RX650 adventure bike, while a genuine aluminum alloy swingarm and KYB upside-down fork contribute to the bike’s poised and modern appeal. The symphony of elements—wire-spoked wheels, an LED headlight, and meticulous proportions—creates a fusion of timeless aesthetics and contemporary sophistication.

One cannot overlook the eccentric asymmetry of the design, a clever nod to the flat-track heritage. The left side sports a distinctive side panel reminiscent of a number board, while the right unveils the rear shock in a bold fashion. An air intake on the left adds an element of intrigue that’s absent on the right, adding to the mystique of the Cyclone RE650.

Zongshen’s reputation in the industry speaks volumes, standing alongside esteemed brands like CFMoto and Qianjiang. The company’s association with Piaggio has yielded fruitful collaborations, including the recent RA900 V-twin roadster—a product of Zongshen’s creativity and the engine from the Aprilia Shiver 900. And the excitement doesn’t stop there; whispers of a reborn Aprilia Shiver, under the Gilera banner, echo in the air.

(Source: Cycle World)

In what could be a defining moment for the global motorcycle industry, China’s QJMotor has joined forces with Italian heavyweight MV Agusta to create a superbike that might just shift the balance of power—meet the SRK1000RR.

Though the bike is still under wraps, insider information has confirmed its existence, setting the stage for its grand debut towards the end of 2023 and production starting in early 2024.

A Sisterhood with Benelli

QJMotor, which is closely connected to another popular bike manufacturer, Benelli, has already received formal approval for the SRK1000RR in China. Both companies fall under the umbrella of Qianjiang Group. Official documents that provide specs and even a completed image of the bike have been shared at QJMotor dealer meetings.

A Partnership Born from Previous Collaborations

The roots of this collaboration go back to September 2020 when Qianjiang hinted at plans for a new four-cylinder superbike under the Benelli brand. It was evident that the engine was provided by MV Agusta, who also struck a distribution deal with Qianjiang for the Chinese market at the same time. 

The partnership became even more apparent last year when MV Agusta showcased a prototype for an adventure bike featuring a Qianjiang engine and chassis. This new superbike can be seen as a sort of cousin to that bike, but with a design led by QJMotor. 

Taking Inspiration but Keeping Secrets

At first glance, it’s clear that the SRK1000RR takes design elements from MV Agusta’s iconic Brutale 1000 RS, particularly the unique swingarm and the special frame that combines metal alloys and steel.

However, MV Agusta has held back from lending the powerful engine that drives its Brutale 1000 RS. Instead, the SRK1000RR will feature a less powerful, 921cc engine, producing 125-127 horsepower and 95Nm of torque.

What’s Next?

The 921cc engine itself seems to be part of MV’s broader strategy, as it was also teased in a retro concept bike last year. There is also speculation that QJMotor might manufacture engines for other MV Agusta bikes and be allowed to use the same engine for their own models. This kind of partnership isn’t new in the motorcycle world; another Chinese company, CFMoto, has a similar arrangement with Austrian bike maker KTM.

This exciting alliance between QJMotor and MV Agusta seems to be more than a fleeting partnership; it’s a strong indication that China’s motorcycle industry is gearing up to compete on a global scale. And if the SRK1000RR lives up to the hype, it could very well become a significant player in the two wheels arena. 

China’s motorcycle manufacturing landscape continues to evolve with the emergence of new brands aiming to make their mark.

  • AW is a relatively unknown name that has recently stepped into the spotlight by unveiling its inaugural offerings – the 500 N and 500 R motorcycles in China. 
  • the 500 N and 500 R makes a commendable 45hp and tips the scale at 186kg. 

Although a newcomer, AW has quickly captured attention since its debut at a trade fair in China back in 2021. The brand’s debut models, the 500 N and 500 R, share a common platform but boast distinct styling elements.

Both motorcycles are powered by engines sourced from Chinese manufacturer Loncin, presenting a parallel-twin configuration reminiscent of Honda’s renowned engine architecture.

Performance-wise, the AW 500 series packs a punch with a commendable 45 horsepower output, placing it on par with other contenders in the entry-level segment. Weighing in at a manageable 186 kilograms, these bikes offer an accessible riding experience suitable for a diverse range of riders.

Setting itself apart, AW has equipped the 500 N and 500 R models with premium underpinnings. The front suspension features adjustable inverted forks, while the rear employs an adjustable link-type shock. Braking capabilities are enhanced with dual disc brakes boasting radially mounted four-piston calipers.

In sync with modern trends, AW’s new offerings embrace technology with a sizable full-color display, hinting at possible Bluetooth connectivity. The two models diverge in their aesthetics – the 500 R embracing a traditional fully-faired sportbike design, while the 500 N takes cues from premium modern classics, infusing sporty angles with a touch of retro flair.

R&G, the renowned motorcycle accessory manufacturer, is expanding its product lineup to cater to CFMoto’s 450 SR (also known as the 450 SS in some countries). 

  • This move comes in response to the growing popularity of CFMoto’s super sport bike, which has garnered attention in the United States and gained significant traction across Europe.
  • Recognizing the need for enhanced safety, R&G is stepping in to provide riders with essential accessories.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, accessories and support can often be decisive factors when making a purchase. CFMoto 450 SS owners, as well as prospective buyers, will now have access to a wide array of R&G’s offerings designed specifically for this model.

The British accessory maker has developed an extensive range of equipment to safeguard the bike from potential accidents, including Bar-End Sliders, Fork Protectors, Lever Guards, PRO Radiator Guards, Tank Traction Grips, a Fender Eliminator, Dashboard Screen Protector, Blanking Plates, and various other components.

The CFMoto 450 SR has already established itself as an exceptional bike within its class. Competing against the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and other Japanese counterparts, the 450 SR is poised to become CFMoto’s flagship model.

Simon Hughes, the managing director of R&G, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration.

“We are excited to introduce our cutting-edge range of crash protection and accessories for the CFMoto 450 SS. Owners can now ride with confidence, knowing they have equipped their motorcycles with industry-leading protection and personalized touches that reflect their unique style and preferences,” he said.

MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd bakal menambahkan lagi tawaran jenama motosikal di Malaysia kali ini menerusi MBP (Moto Bologna Passione) Moto. 

Pengumuman itu dimaklumkan kepada media selepas pihak MForce menghadiri program TOP68 Educational Tour Sales Campaign 2022 di Pattaya, Thailand, baru-baru ini. Pada acara tersebut, pihak MForce juga telah mempertontonkan beberapa model daripada MBP.

*MBP T1200V

Menariknya, MForce memaklumkan bahawa pelancaran rasmi dan pengenalan sulung jenama MBPMoto di Malaysia di Kuala Lumpuar Bike Show 2023 yang akan berlangsung Ogos ini di WTC Kuala Lumpur. 

Maklumat lebih terperinci akan kami bawakan dari masa ke masa. 

Dalam pada itu, kami sebelum ini juga melaporkan bahawa MBPMoto akan diperkenalkan di Malaysia. Antara model yang kami harap akan diperkenalkan di sini adalah motosikal jenis cruiser C650V dan motosikal adventure T1200V.

*MBP C650V

Untuk rekod, MBPMoto merupakan jenama dari Itali dengan kilang pengeluaran bertempat di China. MBPMoto juga merupakan anak syarikat Keeway yang juga berada di bawah payung QJ Motor bersama Benelli. 

QJMotor terus mengukuhkan kedudukan selaku pengeluar motosikal China paling aktif dengan pelancaran SRV 700 Flash yang telah dikemas kini bagi tahun 2023. 

Motosikal segmen cruiser itu kini tampil dengan dua varian, dibezakan dengan penggunaan rantai dan ‘belting’. Namun begitu, tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada kedua-duanya akan dipasarkan di China atau salah satu daripadanya akan dijual di pasaran luar. 

Selain daripada kemaskini kecil itu, SRV 700 Flash terus dikuasakan enjin parallel-twin 693cc dengan penyejukan cecair dan suntikan bahan api yang berupaya menghasilkan 76hp dan 65Nm. Enjin tersebut dipadankan bersama transmisi manual 6-kelajuan. 

Bahagian casis pula merangkumi kerangka besi konvensional yang dipadankan bersama fork jenis inverted di bahagian depan dan monoshock tunggal belakang yang diimbangi ke sebelah kanan. 

Ciri moden lain ditawarkan termasuk ABS dwi-saluran dengan cakera brek berkembar depan selain daripada penggunaan rim 16-inci depan dan belakang. 

Dalam pada itu, SRV 700 Flash ini juga didakwa akan menembusi pasaran global lain namun tidak dapat dipastikan sama ada pasaran tersebut membabitkan Malaysia. 

Di China, SRV 700 Flash ini dijual dengan harga CNY39,999 (RM25.6k). 

Introducing the MVCagiva Crazy Weekend 150 Adventure Scooter – an eye-catching addition to the adventure scooter market in China.

  • the Crazy Weekend 150 is powered by a QJMotor-derived single cylinder engine. 
  • the MVCagiva brand is not related to MV Agusta or Cagiva. 

This unique two-wheeler, hailing from the newly established brand MVCagiva, offers an intriguing combination of style and functionality. However, while the brand name is a resemblance to an Italian company of the same name – MV Agusta and Cagiva – the Chinese company has no relation whatsoever.

With adventure scooters gaining popularity in China, the Crazy Weekend 150 stands out with its rugged design and undeniable charm. Although the brand name might raise eyebrows, the resemblance to Honda’s X-ADV, ADV150, and ADV160 models is even harder to ignore.

Powering the Crazy Weekend 150 is a 150cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine capable of pumping 16.4hp and 14Nm. Power is delivered to the rear wheel via an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Impressively, the Crazy Weekend 150 comes loaded with features including LED lighting, dual-channel ABS, a vibrant full-color TFT dash, keyless start, an adjustable windscreen, and a forward-facing camera.

The scooter is available in two configurations, with the base model priced at CNY14,998 (RM9.6k) and an accessorised version, complete with top box, panniers, and guard pieces, available for CNY15,998 (RM10.2k).

Chinese motorcycle manufacturers are capitalizing on the growing popularity of cruisers, and the trend continues with the introduction of a new cruiser model by Benda. 

This latest addition, named the Napoleon, exemplifies Benda’s penchant for bold and unique designs. With its neo-retro styling, including a round headlight and sleek bodywork, the Napoleon stands out in the crowd.

One of the most striking features of the Benda Napoleon is its massive dual-purpose tires, which provide a visual contrast to the bike’s low-slung and streamlined appearance. The cruiser also boasts fork covers that create the illusion of a cantilever front end, although it actually incorporates telescopic forks. The cockpit of the Napoleon features low-slung drag bars and forward-set foot controls, ensuring a riding position that mimics the characteristic hunch of a bobber.

Powering the Benda Napoleon is a 488cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin engine, which generates a respectable 50 horsepower. Weighing in at 190 kilograms, it competes in terms of performance with models like the Rebel 500. It should be noted, however, that Benda has not clarified whether this weight refers to the dry or wet weight of the bike.

While the Benda Napoleon is slated to debut in the Chinese market by the end of June 2023, its global availability remains uncertain.  Enthusiasts eagerly await further details, including the pricing of the Benda Napoleon. Its release is eagerly anticipated, with hopes that it will soon become available on a global scale, satisfying the growing demand for unique and stylish cruisers


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