Zontes Motorcycles debut in Malaysia
The local two-wheeled market space just grew bigger following the debut of a new brand called Zontes Motorcycles this month.
The Zontes brand is produced by Guangdong Tayo Motorcycle Technology Co., Ltd. of China. The company is a Sino-foreign joint venture founded in 2003 with a total investment of RM 1.6 billion.
Locally, the brands id distributed by Zontes Distribution (M) Sdn Bhd (Zontes Malaysia). During a recent press launch, the firm rolled out four stylish and sporty lightweight offerings destined to entice many upstart local riders with Full-B licenses.
The line up features a dual-purpose machine dubbed the ZT310-T, followed by a ZT310-R naked bike variant, as well as a sport-touring ZT310-X and ZT310-X GP variant. Upon closer inspection, it’s evidently clear that these offerings from Zontes aren’t your average China-made bikes indeed as each boast a fully loaded list of kit and features.
Aptly, it’s easy to see that all four models share plenty of things underneath their differing looks and styling.
Zontes Motorcycles - ZT310-R, ZT310-T & ZT310-X
Chief amongst which is its powertrain, which is the Zontes brand’s very own 312cc DOHC four-stroke single-cylinder primed with electronic fuel injection and liquid-cooling, thumping out 35HP @ 9,500RPM and 30Nm @ 7,500RPM. Managing said outputs is a six-speed constant mesh transmission and chain drive setup.
As mentioned earlier, each offering from Zontes also packs a tonne of features that sees them standing well above any average China-made rival, and perhaps a few of its well-established Japanese segment rivals too.
Highlights include telescopic front forks plus a nitrogen-filled rear monoshock setup, dual disc brakes with a Bosch-sourced dual-channel ABS suite, full-LED lighting, fully-digital instrument display, decently large 15-litre fuel tank, not forgetting a USB charging port plus keyless ignition amongst them.
Perhaps the neatest feature here is the intelligent selectable ride modes present in all four. Riders can choose between ‘S’ or ‘E’ modes – short for Sport and Economy respectively – to suit their needs, which in turn sees these Zontes bikes stand much more versatile over the bulk of its peers.
Clearly, each of these Zontes offerings are both styled and specced to sell. Speaking of which, we reckon the Zontes wouldn’t have a hard time convincing folks into its favour thanks to the very affordable prices each model commands.
Things start from RM19,800 for the ZT310-R naked, and from RM22,800 for the ZT310-T dual-purpose variant. The ZT310-X sport tourer commands RM20,800 whilst its up-speeced ZT310-X GP twin goes for RM21,600 instead (base prices excluding insurance and road tax).
By the way, Zontes Malaysia will include a two-year or 20,000km (whichever comes first) manufacturers warranty in said prices too for greater peace of mind. You can check out more of these bikes in the gallery prepared below.