May 4, 2007

Xenitis Xpression 125: Chinese Invasion 2

I got the heads-up on this bike from the Indian2wheels blog. I called the number at the website and I've so far been unable to raise a cheep out of the company. No matter, I shall try again...

The corporate website has the following pics:


Xenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.inXenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.in
Xenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.inXenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.in
Xenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.inXenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.in
Xenitis Xpression 125 images; from globalauto.in


The specs:
Engine : 124cc
Bore x Stroke : 56.5 X 49.5 ( mm )
Compression Ratio : 9.0 : 1
Idling Speed : 1400 + 100 rpm
Max. Net Power : 10.45 bhp at 8500 rpm
Max. Net Torque : 8.4 Nm at 7500 rpm
Ignition System : CDI
Spark Plug : MICO XR5DC
Spark Plug Gap : 0.6 - 0.7 mm
Lubrication : Wet sump, Forced
Transmission : 5 speed constant mess rotary gear
Front Brake : Hydraulic operated disc brake
Rear Brake : Mech. Expanding shoe & drum type
Fuel Tank Capacity : Full 15.0 ltr.
Full : Reserve 2.5 ltr. (Usable Res. 2.0 ltr.)

DIMENSIONS :
Length : 2040 mm
Width : 780 mm
Height : 1130 mm
Wheel Base : 1280 mm
Min. Turning Radius : 2165 mm
Ground Clearance : 140 mm

Tyre Size : Front : 2.75 - 18, 4PR | Rear : 3.00 - 18, 6PR

Price: Rs 39,000 ex-showroom
(more or less constant throughout the country, on-road prices will vary)
Somehow, I find it hard to believe that a Chinese motorcycle priced so close to Indian and Indo-Jap 125s will actually do well. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and I will actually know the answer when I finally swing aboard, but still, I have my doubts. The motorcycle, on the face of it, has all of the right elements, but as you can see from the images, is not going to stop anyone in their tracks, or for that matter, move the game on. Which, I think would have been crucial to alter the Indian value-product-money continuum.

Having an un-established name (in India and/or abroad) is not going to help. Do you really think knowing that Guangzhou is China's second largest motorcycle maker makes any difference to our lives? Knowing that the Chinese motorcycle is famous mostly for being cheap as dirt, about as effective and falling apart alarmingly around the second year... I don't think so.

And finally, the tag line. Below the Xpression 125 it says Get On. And just above that, in rather bolder letters, it says Can't Get Off (which, the savvy amongst you would know, is actually slang for something else...) uh oh.

4 comments:

Srikeerthi said...

Ouch! That last line must have hurt! ;-)

road-yo said...

"uh oh" is correct.

first_synn said...

The bike is neither substantially cheaper, nor is exotic enough to stand out from the rest.

Dud. Next please...

P.S. I would have taken a second look if it was called.. I don't know, Garelli or something.. Oh wait..

:-D

Munnaibhai said...

Yup that line probably means the textures are so bad on the motorcycle it can get stuck on. Terrible slang, I concur.