ZONTES 310V Test Review
ZONTES 310V is the fourth model from the ZONTES 310 power platform. It is not a traditional cruiser, since it combines some elements of a sports street bike.
In order to reflect the style of a sports cruiser, in addition to the new look, ZONTES developed a new frame, aluminum alloy rear flat fork, and a higher-end TFT LCD screen different from other brother models. There are big differences in front and rear shock absorbers, braking system and driving experience. Aside from the engine (which is a little different), 310V’s other parts are all newly designed.
The deployment of the integrated water tank, the protective bar and the hidden exhaust bring a more compact, muscular body. The plump fuel tank and engine give a strong sense of power.
The newly designed aluminum rear fork is longer than other 310 models and also has a different appearance. Moreover, the rear shock absorber is directly fixed on the left and right forks, which requires higher strength compared with a central shock absorber.
The appearance of this sports cruiser combines modern technological elements and brings forth new ideas to the style of traditional cruisers, which is a breakthrough for domestic brands as well as for the expansion of the user group of cruisers.
The seat height of 310V is 720mm, and the curb weight is 157kg, so even female users will have no problem riding this bike.
The riding posture is comfortable: the upper body is naturally relaxed; the foot moves forward; the gear lever and the pedal are curved; it feels like driving a car.
The front pedal position is adjustable (three options) to adapt to different users. It is a humanization design.
With the same engine and gear ratio as the street bike version, the engine adjustment is almost unchanged. The maximum power is 26kw/9500rpm, and the maximum torque is 30N•m/7500rpm. With a six-speed transmission and EFI system, the overall specification of the water-cooled four-valve DOHC engine has reached the first-class level of the same category.
Although it is a four-valve, high compression ratio engine that prevails at middle-to-high rev, the actual performance is gratifying: the low-rev output is linear; no flameout at 2000rpm; good output at 5000rpm; vibration obvious after 6500rpm.
Although it is a cruiser, 310V’s 1488mm wheelbase is only 98mm longer than the street bike version, which is much shorter than that of many cruisers. Thus, 310V must have good flexibility.
310V show great agility at turns and before obstacles. It is a good fit for daily urban travel. The 180mm wide rear wheel provides good stability, with good grip on the dry road surfaces.
310V also has a standard sliding clutch, which is extremely rare on domestic bikes. The biggest difference between a sliding clutch and an ordinary clutch lies in the clutch pressure plate and clutch drum (driven wheel), which is equivalent to adding a layer of driving protection between the engine and the rear tire. When the speed difference is too large, it reduces the impact phenomenon of clutch engagement, at the same time the clutch handle becomes more flexible. It can reduce damage to the transmission as well as the risk of rear tire losing grip at sudden downshift, which thus improves riding safety and reduces the pressure on the shock absorbers and tires. Due to the more complex structure and higher cost, the sliding clutch is usually used on mid-to-high-end models.
Compared with other 310 models, 310V’s sliding clutch operates more flexible and smoother. In addition, 310V’s air filter has been redesigned to have a larger volume.310V has the standard configuration of Bosch ABS, but the ABS switch button is removed.
To sum up
310V is a sports cruiser with high-end configuration, good appearance, comfortable riding posture, lightweight body, easy handling, as well as certain sports capabilities. It will set off a craze among young users. (Source: www.newmotor.com.cn)