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Zongshen Unveils Cyclone RX6 Adventure Bike With Norton 650 cc Engine

The Zongshen Cyclone RX6 will be based on the Norton 650 cc parallel-twin engine. In 2017, Norton signed an agreement with Zongshen for that engine.

The Cyclone RX6 uses a 650 cc parallel-twin engine designed by Norton Motorcycles expand View Photos
The Cyclone RX6 uses a 650 cc parallel-twin engine designed by Norton Motorcycles

Highlights

  • Zongshen is one of China's leading motorcycle brands
  • Zongshen signed an agreement with Norton Motorcycles in 2017
  • Under the agreement, the 650 cc engine will be used by Zongshen

Chinese motorcycle brand Zongshen unveiled its upcoming Zongshen RX6 adventure bike at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition (CIMA) show in Chongqing. The RX6 is the made-in-China motorcycle featuring the Norton 650 cc parallel-twin engine, and from the looks of it, Zongshen is heading closer to production of the RX6. In December last year, Zongshen showed a prototype of the RX6, two years after signing a licencing deal to use Norton's 650 cc twin. The latest version of the RX6 show the way the project has evolved, and it looks quite close to the final production model, which is likely to be revealed next year.

Also Read: Zongshen Cyclone RX6 Based On Norton 650 Nearing Completion

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The Cyclone RX6's 650 cc engine will make 70 bhp power, 62 Nm of peak torque

The latest version of the Zongshen RX6 features wire-spoke wheels in line with its 'ADV' design language. And now, Zongshen has revealed a few more specifications as well, with the Chinese version of the 650 cc parallel-twin engine making 70 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 62 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The RX6 has a seat height of 820 mm, and a kerb weight of 215 kg. Suspension duties are handled by KYB units, and Nissin calipers offer braking, although top speed is rated at 180 kmph, possibly limited to that.

Also Read: Norton To Design 650 cc Engine For Chinese Firm Zongshen

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The RX6 will be one new model under the Cyclone brand name introduced by Zongshen

Zongshen is a Chinese automotive brand based in Chongqing, and manufactures motorcycles, quad bikes, generators and engines. In 2017, Zongshen signed a 20-year design and licence agreement with UK's Norton Motorcycles. Under the agreement, Zongshen will be able to exclusively use its own version of the Norton 650 cc engine to be used in for the 'Zongshen' and 'Cyclone' brands. Cyclone is a sub-brand of Zongshen associated with the premium end of the motorcycle segment.

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Zongshen also showcased the Cyclone RG3 sport touring motorcycle with a 401 cc engine

At this year's CIMA show in Chongqing, Zongshen also showcased the RG300, a small sport touring model based on a 401 cc, parallel-twin, which puts out 42 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 34 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The RG3 also has a kerb weight of 215 kg, and claimed top speed of over 150 kmph. Both the RX6 and RG3 will be sold in China under Zongshen's 'Cyclone' brand name.

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