Something interesting just came across our news desk this week, and it is probably one of the best-looking retro-style motorcycles we’ve ever seen. 

  • Zeths is a motorcycle company based in China. 
  • The ZFR 500 R Avenger is the company’s maiden sports bike. 

Chinese motorcycle company, Zeths has just announced the ZFR 500 R Avenger, a retro-inspired machine that could take us back to the old days’ thanks to its exciting design.

The 500 R Avenger is not only a departure from the firm’s current range of bikes but also the brand’s maiden sports bike in the lineup. 

However, we have to give credit to Zeths for coming up with a motorcycle that is inspired by race bikes from the 70s instead of copying and pasting designs of existing models from other manufacturers.

Also, the ZFR 500 R Avenger looks good and features decent specs, including a parallel-twin 500cc engine, adjustable suspension, single-sided swingarm and even four-pot radial Brembo brakes and twin disc. 

The specs might be standard for a European or Japanese machine, but it is an interesting development for a bike coming from China. 

Nonetheless, it remains to be seen if the bike will ever make its way outside of China. 

Benelli Panarea 125 officially lands in Malaysia as announced by authorized distributor, MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd.

  • The Panarea 125 is a neo-retro style scooter that takes design cues from the Vespa lineup. 
  • The scooter is equipped with a 124cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. 

According to the official statement by Benelli, the Panarea 125 is a retro-style scooter that combines classic design by modern features.

As a result, the Panarea 125 is fitted with full LED lights and is fitted with an anti-theft magnetic lock system that significantly reduced the probability of theft. 

Mechanically, the Panarea 125 makes 8.44hp @ 7,500rpm and 9.2Nm @ 6,000rpm from its 124cc 4-stroke with electronic fuel injection engine. 

Power is delivered to the rear wheel via an automatic CVT transmission with belt final drive.

The bike is suspended via telescopic fork at the front with 90mm travel and a telescopic oil damped coil spring at the rear. and fitted with a 190mm front disc with dual-piston callipers. 

Despite its retro bodywork, the Panarea 125 is equipped with modern features including a semi-digital meter, full LED light, hazard lights and a kill switch. 

According to MForce, the Benelli Panarea 125 is available for a recommended price of RM6,888. 

Kawasaki has updated its neo-retro Z650RS with a new colour scheme for 2023. 

  • Kawasaki Z650RS was launched back in September 2021. 
  • Features the same 649cc parallel-twin engine found in the Z650 and Ninja 650. 

Joining the already available Candy Emerald Green is the new Metallic Moondust Gray X Ebony for the 2023 model year.

The Kawasaki Z650RS is the Japanese latest take on neo-retro naked bike jumping on the success of the bigger and bolder, Z900RS.

Continuing the firm’s trusted 649cc parallel-twin platform, the Z900RS 650RS makes a decent 67hp @ 8,000rpm and 64Nm @ 6,500rpm. 

The new colourway is already available in Japan since 1st November. 

Like its Z650 and Ninja 650 cousin, the Z650RS is equipped with the same 41mm front fork and horizontal link rear shock with preload-adjustable.

Braking is done by a dua twin-piston front callipers clamping on a 300mm disc while governed by a dual-channel Bosch ABS.

Other features include:

  • assist/slipper clutch
  • 820mm seat height
  • full LED light setup
  • classic analogue dial with digital display

For the most part, the classic-style retro scooter segment is very much dominated by Vespa.

  • Scomadi infiltrates the Japanese market with two new scooters.
  • TT 125 and Turismo 125 offer a unique styling and share the same 125cc engine. 

The Vespa brand not only is known for its premium scooter, but the brand is also associated with fashion and culture. Its recent collaboration with Dior and Sean Wotherspoon is solid proof.

While the Vespa brand has established dominance in its segment, it hasn’t stopped other companies from trying to emulate the Italian success.

Scomadi is probably the closest brand you can get your hands on that features a similar Vespa-ish bodywork but with a friendlier price tag.

The British-owned brand initially manufactured its scooters in China by Hanway Motors in 2005 before the company opened a new manufacturing plant in Thailand following its separation from Hanway in 2017.

Scomadi opened a new factory, also in Thailand, in 2020, and the new plant continued the Turismo Technica 125 and Technica 125 production.

However, Scomadi is planning to expand its reach in Asia as the company recently launched the TT 125 and Technica 125 in Japan.

The TT 125 could be a hit among urban riders, considering it offers Vespa-inspired styling. At the same time, the Turismo 125 features a unique design thanks to the exposed bodywork, as if someone cut the body intentionally.

Nonetheless, despite the classic look, both scooters are fitted with two USB chargers and a Type-C outlet too.

Powering the TT 125 and Turismo 125 is a 124.6cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 9.39hp @ 8,000rpm and 9.67Nm @ 7,2000rpm. 

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