Haojin HawkDate:06-01-2017 Source:chinamotor
Haojin Motorcycle Co. Ltd is a highly successful motorcycle manufacturing company located in Guangzhou, the central city of Southern China. Their most important overseas markets include Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and the Middle East, where the CG125 and GN125 enjoy great popularity. Undoubtedly Haojin Motorcycle have competitive advantage in selling similar designs, they also introduce the Hawk 200cc dual sport motorcycle in order to fill market gaps in the same regions.
The Haojin HJ200GY-3 Hawk is the most representative dual sport motorcycle made by Haojin and my first impression of the brand new motorcycle was that it was a well finished and good quality machine. The frame uses a double cradle to support the engine, making the engine unstressed which is helpful for lessening the engine vibration through the frame, handlebars and footpegs. The motorcycle also comes with hand guards, which is a nice touch and would make the ride more comfortable for my hands, particularly riding fast in the wet.
The electric starter lights up the engine first time, and the idle is strong. The throttle control is smooth without sputtering; a very clean sounding engine. It comes with single front and rear disc brakes. I really liked the design of the dials; simple analog tachometer on one side and a digital screen showing speedometer, fuel gauge and gear counter. The side mirrors also give more view than normal on a Chinese bike.
It was a dreary, wet and cold start to the day in Jiangmen, so I had to use waterproof linings to drive along the flat seafront roads. After getting drenched by a car passing through a puddle right next to us, I got a shot of adrenaline as I let off the brake and the bike almost jumped down the road without me. I was really surprised, not just at the level of power, but at the smoothness of the acceleration and the gear ratio. The overhead cam engine felt like it had more than 10.6 kW maximum power.
It also had noticeably less engine vibration than many other similar models. While motorcycles made by other countries often have multiple cylinders, most Chinese motorcycles are single-cylinder “thumpers”. Although the maker of a multiple-cylinder engine can offset the vibration by making sure none of the pistons are at the same place during its revolution, the one-cylinder configuration can make the whole bike vibrate as the engine piston moves up and down during its revolution, “thumping” the weight of the piston up and down. For me, this vibration can make driving a Chinese motorcycle rather uncomfortable, especially over long distances.
However, some manufacturers in China choose to use a counterbalancer in their single-cylinder engines, to “balance out” the vibrations and make for a smoother, more comfortable ride. The effect of this counterbalancer on the Hawk made the greatest impression on me as I sped down the road. While the general conditions of the day were mildly depressing, I was still having tons of fun.
It was a comfortable start to the ride, weather notwithstanding, with a natural riding position and low vibration. The centre of gravity is fairly low on this bike, and it’s also quite light, so the bike was very stable and balanced at low speeds despite the seat height. The front and rear Yaoyong shock absorbers were surprisingly smooth, where I’m used to sticky front shocks in particular. This motorcycle also has an excellent turning radius. You can turn the bike 180 degrees in just one lane.
We stopped at the fish restaurant with the Haojin R&D team to talk more about the Hawk. They asked me about my impressions of the motorcycle and I asked about their motivations behind the development of this motorcycle. They have been very successful with their current street motorcycle products in existing markets and are looking to new designs which appeal to customers with different requirements from their motorcycles, specifically riders who need to travel rougher roads in Africa or Latin America.
The results of our fuel consumption was about 2.5 Litres per 100 kilometres, a little under the manufacturer quoted rate, but still pretty good particularly as we spent a lot of time on urban, congested roads. At that rate of consumption, a full tank of fuel will get you almost 300 kilometres before you need to fill up.
Our speed tests got the Hawk up to a top speed of over 93km/h, while top cruising speed is around 75km/h. The stop-start test got us up to 60 km/h from 0 in 7.2 seconds. Although earlier in the day, I felt the clutch lever to be quite hard to pull in; by the end of the day it was nearly impossible. I discussed this problem with the technical section and suggested them to adjust the clutch lever as constantly shifting gears is required when driving in complex road conditions all day long.
Overall, it was a cold day on the bike, and a surprising experience. Although felt a little bit uncomfortable with the clutch lever at the beginning, I am very delighted with the bike of such a great quality and overall finish. With Haojin’s most representative dual sport motorcycle and an impressive one, we are looking forward to seeing what Haojin will come out with next.
Dimensions: 2090 mm x 880 mm x 1180 mm
Wheelbase: 1360 mm
Net weight: 132 kilograms
Bore: 67 mm
Rated load: 150 kilograms
Stroke: 57 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 7.5 Litres
Valve train: Overhead Camshaft
Maximum speed: 90 kilometres/hour
Lubrication: Force and splash lubrication
Front tire size: 2.75-21
Cooling system: Air-cooled
Rear tire size: 4.10-18
Starter: Electric and kick
Front wheel brake: Disc brake
Maximum power: 10.6kW/7500rpm
Rear wheel brake: Drum brake
Maximum torque: 15N.m/6500rpm
Standing idle revs:1500 rpm
Fuel consumption: 2.9 Litres/100 kilometres