ZXMCO Cruise 200- Test Ride and First Impressions

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ZXMCO launched a 200cc sports bike in January 2017. Out of mere curiosity, I decided to test ride this bike for PakWheels readers. I visited  Afzal Traders at Zarar Shaheed Road, Lahore for the purpose. Being a petrol head and a bike riding hobbyist, I was very excited to take the trip. The purpose of this test ride was to get a feel of the bike’s performance, look and build quality as the company launched this bike in an extravagant affair, featuring sports and television celebrities alike. Without further ado, let’s have a look at my observations about this motorbike.

Exterior and build quality:
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With its bulging body kit and gray color, it offers some design lines of Yamaha heavy bikes but that is where the similarities end. It is a wonderful accumulation of aggressive looks with a serious hunkered down design element. However, things change when you take a close look at this bike.

The first thing I noticed was the subpar paint job on the fuel tank, which many of you will admit contributes a lot to the aesthetic beauty and the overall look of the motorbike. The information cluster is built with flimsy plastic and has been designed to look good to the eye instead of providing rugged functionality and longevity.

The speed and light indications have been layered very neatly in an easily understandable format, subject to visibility under bright daylight. Nonetheless, if you plan to take out this bike for a ride in the evening then you will notice that the information cluster has been installed with a digital speedometer encompassing trip distance, fuel cells, trip range, and time.

Moreover, the bike features a rear (adjustable) mono shock, a low beam dipper (headlight flash) button, front and rear ventilated disk brakes, a front eagle shaped projection lamp, LED light in the rear brake lamp and twin air ducts that channel the air towards the engine.

Engine Performance:

As far as the engine is concerned, the bike comes with a 200cc water-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine. I wasn’t really impressed with the engine performance of this bike. First of all, the self-starter system does not start the engine with a quick push. It needs quite a few tries to start the motor. Secondly, there is a serious lack of engine power on idling. I tried to accelerate the bike after idling in 2nd gear and it really felt as if the engine was full of slug. However, the bike has a powerful acceleration on smooth gear transition. However,  upon vigorous acceleration, I felt vibration and rattling sounds.
Comfort:

Let me put it this way, one test ride later I had to stretch my back. The ride posture is extremely poor. The big fuel tank, no traction on the seat, and ridiculously low placed fork handle make it a really unpleasant experience for any rider. The placement of the fork handle can be really exhausting on a longer route and can also lead to back strain. The passenger seat is comfortable but not typically designed as that of heavy bikes. More importantly, the brake pedal is cylindrical in shape and applying brakes is an arduous task.

Price:
ZXMCO 200 Cruise costs around Rs. 265,000 including registration. Keeping this price in consideration, I would say that it is not a failed product, rather it is designed to lean towards showboating. To summarize, ZXMCO cruise is neither a heavy nor a naked bike. What it is dear readers, is an attempt to copy different elements of a conventional sports bike in a very tight budget. If you are looking for a performance bike, sadly this bike will fall very short against your expectations. However, if you are just a bike savvy looking for a showpiece, ZXMCO Cruise is the right answer for you.

 

Shaf Younus

I'm an Auto Enthusiast, a Computer Science Graduate and above all, Citizen of Pakistan.

Notable Replies

  1. seriously...............honda waalo ne paisay diye haien kya k zxmco k burai kro.....this bike is awesome

  2. There were so many negatives that was highlighted, but none pictured or captured properly.

    Secondly I have owned one ZXMCO-70 cc self start bike. It had excellent parts and any replacement that i faced like sprockets that were original were better than even Sun japanese. I used that bike for 58000 km and then sold it. oil change interval was 4000km and caltex oil, never reduced oil and with disc brakes it was one of the best bikes i kept. So i am doubtful that it is an imported Lifan KPR unit and it will be of this bad quality. I do agree the paint quality was not as good as japanese but it held itself for good four years that i kept it.

  3. Rugal says:

    The riding position looks really awkward. The tank and handlebar are like a sportbike. Then you come to the footpeg positions and it looks the same as a standard bike. Sport bike pegs are a little further back normally and the rider ends up in a semi foetal position. What can be done is replacing the existing handlebar to an aftermarket adjustable height handlebar. It will ease some strain on the back.

    Paint quality looks alright. You get what you pay for and you can't expect Yamaha / Honda / Suzuki levels of paint quality on a cheapo bike. Same for the quality of plastics etc.

    Is it just me or does that rear wheel hub look like a drum brake based affair with an aftermarket disc setup? Perhaps it is just me. It looks a bit big though.

    So the author rode this with all the plastic covers on and then complains of poor visibility on the instrument cluster and lack of grip on the seats? Mashallah. Subhanallah. Bhae, remove the covers and then judge how good or bad it is, those plastics are visibility and grip killers.

    Any bike rider worth his / her salt knows that bikes are high horsepower / low torque affairs. Unless you're in the right gear, it won't rev properly or accelerate. I am the previous owner of a Suzuki GSXR 400 and a Harley 1200 XL Sportster, even they would not rev cleanly from 1500 RPM. There is something called optimal rev range and unless you are in that range, guess what - gutless response from any bike.

    This is a single cylinder engine - with perhaps no counterbalancer unlike the Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda (the CBF150 Honda, not CG). Chinese engines are not known for their build quality and I have serious doubts that the engine in this bike is more or less the same as the engine found in a CNG rikshaw. What can one expect from a setup like that.

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