Today, many sport motorcycles in the market take on the same modelling, a highly recognizable motorcycle is not easy to find, especially the entry-level models. A most common approach is to change the exterior parts on the basis of the old models, or copy the popular high-end models. Therefore, the entry-level models look almost the same, which shows no sincerity of manufacturers and in the meantime causes the customers’ aesthetic fatigue. What appeals to the customers is a motorcycle with completely original look and excellent performance. Shineray’s VRACER 200 might just meet our expectations.
The modeling of a motorcycle can be adding more exterior elements to streamline the body or removing the redundant appearance elements on the basis of an already established style to keep only the most basic and essential parts. Obviously, the latter is more difficult to achieve, more demanding to the taste of the designer — VRACER is one of its kind.
The whole body does not have many covering parts. The headlight, fuel tank, side decorating plate, and the tail part have given a clear body line. Different from a traditional retro motorcycle, VRACER looks tougher, concise, and sporty.
The headlight adopts a separated torch-shaped design, which is composed of a LED light bar, blue running light, halogen low-beam light and LED high-beam light. The combination headlight presents a high-end visual effect, the penetration of LED high beam features good lighting effect. Seen from the front, VRACER is beautiful but not overly showy.
The rear part highlights VRACER’s appearance. The “hump” style design is inspired by the traditional “CAFE”, but VRACER does not copy the traditional elements mechanically. We can hollow-carved design at the side of the back. The decorative plate is embedded beneath the aluminum armrest. There is also arrow hollow-carved design at the middle position. The tail gives a strongly stereoscopic impression. Designed this way, VRACER’s center of gravity is shifted to avoid the front heaviness. We rarely see this design on other motorcycles so far.
We tried to find out whether the power and handling experience of VRACER were as good as its appearance through road riding. VRACER did not disappoint us. The power of the 233cc air-cooled engine is not amazing, but it ensures satisfying acceleration performance. The power output at the 2nd and 3rd gear is relatively faster. The gear shifting is smooth. Riding at 110km/h in the 5th gear, the engine is felt to be able to achieve more. In addition, the engine has a balance shaft and vibration is well controlled.
VRACER’s sitting posture tends to be relaxing and comfortable — not as aggressive as a normal sport model or a CAFE. The seat is low enough for a rider of 170cm to touch the ground. The legs are not bent too much. The fuel tank is designed with antiskid pads on both sides to ease the riding posture. The arm is slightly bent and the upper body leans slightly forward, thus, the vibration can be dispersed to the hip, which reduces fatigue at the waist during long-distance riding.
The handling is flexible. The curve tracking and body stability are as good as that of a sport motorcycle. Thanks to its short wheelbase and 17-inch tire, the inclination at corners is much lower, which however sacrifice a little straight-line riding stability. While passing the speed bumps and bumpy road, the rear shock overreacts, and the rear wheel bounces much. More damping would be better.
VRACER is characterized by an original individualized appearance that incorporates both sport and classic elements. The good-enough power output and comfortable riding posture enable both green hands and women riders to have a pleasant riding experience. The cost-effective VRACER makes a good choice for the entry-level users that are obsessed with the beauty of appearance and eager to be out of the ordinary.