The Chinese brand Zontes is expanding its range with 125 cm3 models including a dapper, fully equipped Scrambler. But are its dynamic performances up to the task?
Zontes 125 Scrambler test
During our test of the Zontes 310 X, we were surprised by the excellent quality / price ratio of this small Chinese motorcycle perfectly suited to A2 licenses. It is therefore with enthusiasm that we took the handlebars of the new 125 Scrambler. Like all Zontes, this new model offers an impeccable presentation with beautiful aluminum parts. The thick inverted fork, the sublime spoked rims and the large 20-liter tank give this small-displacement machine a great presence, accessible with a simple car license and a 7-hour training course. The very generous equipment includes well-supplied digital instrumentation (gear indicator engaged, thermometer, clock, etc.), powerful LED lighting, a USB socket, backlit controls and even engine protection bars. The long and fairly thick saddle is quite welcoming for a passenger and can be lifted easily via a release button on the handlebars.
A comfortable Zontes 125 Scrambler
From the start, the Zontes 125 Scrambler gives a smile thanks to the rather hoarse sound released by its well-designed exhaust. Despite the height and width of the saddle, a rider of average height (1.75m) easily puts his feet flat on the ground. On the other hand, taller riders will be a little embarrassed by the relatively high position of the footrests, requiring the knees to be bent well. The 14 hp engine offers very decent torque for the category (13 Nm) but still demands to be whipped between 7000 and 9000 rpm to fully express itself. With 160 kg all full, the Zontes 125 Scrambler is indeed 20 kg more than a Yamaha MT-125. A weight that does not affect its road behavior, very healthy, but limits its performance especially as the sixth gear is long enough. On the expressway, the Zontes easily reaches 106 km / h in 5th but it is necessary to evolve on the flat without face wind or in slight descent to hang on the 120 km / h top speed in 6th. The gearbox control has a little loose travel and hard locks, but neutral is easily found and the clutch remains fairly flexible. The Zontes 125 Scrambler stands out above all for its suspension comfort. The fork and rear shock absorb shock well without crashing into corners or braking. On the other hand, braking with ABS lacks progressiveness and bite. CST studded tires grip well in the dry, but require extra caution in the wet. We noted an average consumption of 3.4 l / 100 km with our test model was just running in. The 20 liters of tank give a substantial autonomy which will limit the stops at the pump. The Zontes 125 Scrambler is also illustrated by its canon price of 3490 € associated with a 3-year warranty. It is also available in a roadster version with a futuristic look charged only € 3,190.
Verdict: Very rewarding, well made and richly endowed, the Zontes 125 Scrambler represents an excellent deal. With sharper braking and more extension on the fast track, this little Chinese would be the new benchmark in its segment.
WE love :
- The impeccable finish
- Generous equipment
- High autonomy
We like less:
- Average performance
- Soft braking
- The limited distribution network.
Zontes 125 Scrambler technical sheet
- Engine: 124cc single cylinder
- Power: 14 hp at 8,500 rpm
- Torque: 13 Nm at 7000 rpm
- Dry weight: 148 kg
- Height of cell: 820 mm
- Tank capacity: 20 liters
- Average consumption of the test: 3.4 l / 100 km
- Price: 3490 €
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