They’re rare, but there are people out there with a special affection for small bikes (that’s why we have the Dawn to Dusk rally). And, a lot of those people have been asking for a 250 cc adventure bike for years.
Well, now their prayers have been answered … sort of. Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Zongshen has come out with a quarter-litre adventure bike. True, some adventure riders (like Lois Pryce) have gone on extended trips on small bikes before, but they were usually machines that were adapted to that purpose. The Zongshen RX3 appears to be built with long distance travel in mind.
The bike’s liquid-cooled 249 cc motor, with SOHC and four-valve head, supposedly makes about 24 hp and 16.5 ft-lb of torque, mated to a six-speed transmission. It has a 16-litre fuel tank and dry weight is supposed to be 175 kg. Seat height is 795 mm.
The machine has electric start, single disc brake in front with dual-piston caliper and a single disc in back with single-piston caliper. Wheelbase is 1400 mm. The rear suspension is adjustable for preload.
Other interesting touches include USD forks, LED running lights and proprietary luggage that looks pretty good in the photos. The cases have 55L of capacity each, but we don’t have any idea on what the GVWR is.
This bike is also being sold rebadged as a Minsk TRX300i in other markets.
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