CHI­NESE TWINS LOOK FA­MIL­IAR

New fam­ily could be des­tined for Europe

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The lat­est new bikes from China come from Taizhou Mo­ray, who al­ready sell a range of 125cc, Honda Msx-in­spired mod­els un­der the Mo­trac and Ur­ban names. Now the firm have re­vealed 400cc and 500cc par­al­lel twins, the MT-400 and MG-500, with plans for more new mod­els.

First to mar­ket will be the MT-400, a naked sports bike with a 399cc DOHC twin mak­ing a claimed 26.2kw (35bhp) at 7600rpm and 33Nm (24ftlb) at 5500rpm. It’s bolted to a straight­for­ward steel frame with un­branded in­verted fork and ra­dial brakes. Weight is claimed to be 182kg dry, which seems about right, while prices in China are ex­pected to start at around £2900.

Next up comes a 500cc par­al­lel-twin ad­ven­ture-style bike, the MG-500. It also sports a DOHC twin, but with a com­pletely dif­fer­ent de­sign. As usual with Chi­nese bikes, that’s likely to be down to the firm find­ing mul­ti­ple sources for its en­gines rather than de­vel­op­ing them in-house. In the case of the MG-500, the en­gine is vis­ually very sim­i­lar to Honda’s CB500 en­gine, but it’s likely to be made by fel­low Chi­nese firm Loncin. The MG-500 uses a 76mm bore and 55.1mm stroke for a 491cc ca­pac­ity, com­pared to the Honda’s 471cc which is achieved from a much squarer 67x66.8mm bore and stroke. The claimed power and torque fig­ures are 47bhp and 32ftlb at 8500rpm and 7500rpm re­spec­tively. Weight is claimed at 197kg dry, while the bike boasts a full colour TFT dis­play and LED lights. Both mod­els are planned to get Euro4 ap­proval, al­low­ing them to go on sale in Europe.

Patents from the firm’s own­ers also show that a fully-faired sports model based around the MT-400’S chas­sis is also un­der de­vel­op­ment, cur­rently go­ing un­der the name MT2. Strangely, the de­sign draw­ings show the MT2 sports bike with yet an­other en­gine – a 400cc twin from ri­val Chi­nese firm Ji­a­jue – but it’s likely this is just a place­holder in the com­puter de­sign im­ages since it doesn’t line up with en­gine mounts that are po­si­tioned to suit the MT-400 en­gine.

Fur­ther fu­ture mod­els in­clude a naked bike us­ing the MT-500 en­gine and chas­sis, and also an 800cc V-twin cruiser model, both only seen as sil­hou­ette teasers so far.

The 400cc naked road­ster has a lot of Kawasaki Z-series styling cues ev­i­dent

500cc ad­ven­ture model looks like a Mul­tistrada to our eyes

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