Zongshen unveils Norton-powered 650cc ADV bike

Zongshen, one of China’s largest motorcycle manufacturers, has recently revealed their middleweight adventure bike at the 2021 Shanghai Motor Show. This new adventure bike from Zongshen is christened as the Cyclone RX6.

The RX name may sound pretty familiar to Pinaoys. That’s because Motorstar currently imports motorcycles from Zongshen. In fact, it currently offers the 250cc RX3 adventure bike locally.

What’s interesting about this newly-launched bike is that it will be powered by a Norton-sourced 650cc engine – the same parallel-twin engine that will power the yet-to-be-released Norton Atlas and Nomad scramblers.

At first glance, one can’t deny that the new RX6 has some resemblance to Yamaha’s Tracer 900. The RX6’s parallel-twin engine is reported to churn out about 71 Ps of power and has features that include a 7-inch TFT screen, Bluetooth connectivity, electronically adjustable windscreen, KYB suspension package, Nissin brake calipers, and Bosch dual-channel ABS.

Is this going to be the Motorstar RX6 in the PH? image

The RX6 also has a 21-liter fuel tank and has a claimed weight of 245 kilograms – or just 4 kilograms lighter than BMW’s 1,250 cc R 1250 GS adventure bike.

It would certainly be nice to see another big displacement bike in Motorstar's lineup, especially an adventure oriented one like this. Pinoys are already familiar with the RX3 so a larger RX6 should need no introduction.

Should Motorstar bring this in? And would you buy one?