SHINERAY SIXDAYS250’s FIRST TOUR
Chongqing, a web celebrity city, rarely sees snow due to its special location, but snow falls occasionally on the Fairy Maiden Mountain. That was a major reason for a motorcycle tour at such a time in Chongqing. Starting the main districts of Chongqing, passing Nan’an dis-trict, Fuling, and riding along G319 all the way to the west, the one-way distance is more than 230km. The road condition is good, without many sharp turns, which may be less exciting for those who like challenges.
The spectacular nature scenery has made up for it. The clear water of Wujiang river reflects the cliffs on both sides. There are quite a few roads and tun-nels on the cliffs. However, riders must be careful and slow down, for many tunnels have no light inside. There is less traffic on the highway. Youcan easily overtake it when you occasionally meet a car. SIXDAYS250 has good acceleration performance. You can feel an obvious power output when engaging in the 5th gear and engine running at 6000 to 7000rpm, and the speed is about 75km/h.
Once in the 6th gear, the speed quickly exceeds 90km/h. The exhaust is responsive but not noisy (less noisy then Shineray 440). Re-stricted by the road condition, the speed during the entiretour did not go over 100km/h, but the accelerator can achieve more. The most comfortable cruising speed of this motorcycle is between 80 to 90km/h.
It took about three hours to reach Wulong county at an av-erage speed of 70-80km/h, which was shorter than what I thought.
Arriving at Wulong, riding straight through the county and onto the mountain road. The road of the tourist area is much better than a normal mountain road.
It was not steep, and the motorcycle was running in the 3rdor 4th gear. The gearshifting was smooth. The water-cooled en-gine did not show any sign of heat fatigue failure. With fog and slippery roads in the middle of the hill, SIXDAYS250’s front brake was a bit too sen-sitive and the rear brake was not hardly applied since it was a combination brake, so we had to slow down. Approaching the Fairy Town, the tem-perature was much lower, and a snowworld came into sight.
On the early morning the next day, the coldness (more than 10 degree below zero) made you feel you were in Beijing. SIX-DAYS250 was parked outside during the night, the fuel tank and saddle were covered with ice, but the starting was easy and smooth.
It began to snow after a few minutes. The winding road was beautiful, and I was excited to ride to snow field to have more fun — to feel the temperature,moisture, ground, and air flow. That is the beauty of motorcycle travel — getting close to nature.
There were many dark holes under the snow-covered ground, so it was better to stand up a little on the motorcycle. The standing posture on SIXDAYS250 was natural. Although the rear 17-inch wheel in theory is not suitable for off-road riding, but a larger ground clearance provides it more advantages to pass bad road. SIXDAYS250 weighs 150kg, so the handling is flexible. The TIMSUN tire has reliable road holding ability. It was safe and sound for many times when I thought it mightskid.
SIXDAYS250’s inverted front shock performed as good as it looks. The default damping and rebound were justgood for the ride. However, the rear shock felt a little hard, and it even upsprang while passing speed bumps. This is something need to be improved.
Playing in the snow for one day, I was exhausted, but the motorcycleperformed as good as before. After returning to Chongqing on the third day, the meter showed a total distance of 568.6km. Filling in #92 fuel on the way costed 90 yuan, but there was 2L remaining in the tank. The average fuel consumption was 2.6L/100km. If you are looking for a free-will motorcycle riding tour, SIXDAYS250 will be a good choice.