British-inspired, Zongshen’s Cyclone RE5 wants to attract neo-retro motorcycle lovers for the A2

It seems that, after passing through EICMA 2023, Zongshen Motorcycles your new one is ready Cyclone RE5 to begin marketing within European borders. That is at least the conclusion we drew after learning about the latest news on the model thanks to our colleagues at the German publication Motorrad.

If you remember, it was from the middle of last year when the possibility that the Asian brand was preparing a naked model with a marked neo-retro appearance and with clear reminiscences of British design.

The first “smoke bomb” arrived in the form of the Zongshen Cyclone RE650, also equipped with a Norton-sourced propeller which should also be used in the brand’s future trail frame, the also recently presented Zongshen Cyclone RX6 2024.

Shortly afterwards, in full celebration of the 80th edition of the Milan show, Zonsen presented its new RE5 and RX6, two frames where the objective of the Asians is clear: to gain a foothold in the disputed European market. Now the Cyclone RE5 It seems to be closer than ever to starting its commercialization in Europe.

After its official presentation, the Zongshen Cyclone RE5 will arrive very soon at the brand's European dealerships

Zongshen Cyclone RE5 in detail

At first, what draws the most attention is the elegant design that this Cyclone RE5. A marked British style can be seen in its successful lines. It is clear that the Chinese want to enter the segment through the front door and their new model has some assets that could facilitate access.

On the other hand, the parallel twin-cylinder propeller is confirmed, although everything indicates that its final displacement is 550cc, so the idea of ​​mounting the well-known Norton block of origin has finally been discarded. With internal dimensions of 72mm x 67.6mm, The brand declares a power of 59 HP at 8,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 55 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

After its official presentation, the Zongshen Cyclone RE5 will arrive very soon at the brand's European dealerships

However, one of the key points of the set, the weight, seems to be that it could initially be above the figures offered by other similar models in the category. With 204 kilograms in running orderthis Cyclone RE5 It does not shine precisely for its lightness.

Much of the blame for this fact lies in the large capacity of its fuel tank. Specifically, 20 liters which, on paper, should give it a great average autonomy. In addition, it has a top-level cycle part and equipment.

After its official presentation, the Zongshen Cyclone RE5 will arrive very soon at the brand's European dealerships

The brand has entrusted this aspect to leading brands, such as braking, where J. Juan is responsible for putting his experience at the service of this Cyclone RE5. In addition, it has a system of ABS Bosch 9.1as well as a 48mm inverted fork presiding over its front axle. The set rests on two 17” wheels shod with tires in size. 120/70 R17 and 160/60 R17.

Other notable aspects of the set, related to the cycle part, are, for example, the use of a tubular steel chassis and rear swingarm made of cast aluminum. Both elements play a fundamental role in achieving the necessary level of rigidity.

After its official presentation, the Zongshen Cyclone RE5 will arrive very soon at the brand's European dealerships

Without a doubt, a crucial aspect to be able to enjoy the benefits that the engine offers us. With a wheelbase of 1,460 mm, the height of the seat is 800 mm from the ground, giving it great versatility when short pilots take the controls.

With an initial price equivalent to about 4,700 euros, the Cyclone RE5 It can now be purchased at the Chinese brand’s dealerships, although this information is not very relevant if we extrapolate it to its possible price in Europe.

Furthermore, it is expected that in the coming months the brand will begin marketing the model in Europe, in a version of 48 hp intended for A2 holders. Also that he offers us the definitive version of his new RE650powered in this case by the mechanics developed by Norton.

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