CAN THE EXCELLE 525X TAKE ON HONDA AND KTM?

CAN THE EXCELLE 525X TAKE ON HONDA AND KTM?


The Excelle 525X is a middleweight adventure motorcycle that has just been officially unveiled in Asia, and should it one day make its way to the UK, it might actually be quite good.

There's still something of the Chinese ethic of Pick-N-Mix bike building in the front end, which looks like a cross between a Honda Crosstourer and a BMW F850. Despite its dodgy design, the specs of this thing are pretty good.

This bike's chassis is a rather basic affair, with KYB suspension and Kailing brakes.

Loncin builds the 525X's 471cc parallel-twin cylinder engine, which produces 53 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque. The engine has Bosch fuel injection and a slipper clutch. AdmittIt's nothing spectacular yet, but stay with me.

Where the Excelle begins to shine is in the technology department, as the 525X is one well-spec'd adventure motorcycle. LED headlights are not new in this segment. Adaptive LED headlights, however, that automatically dim when they sense an approaching vehicle, that's new.

The tech doesn't stop at the handlebars. There are two onboard charging points and a TFT on the dash. Moreover, it rolls on cross-laced spoked rims - and they are anodized gold. Who doesn't love gold anodized wheels?

One of the biggest advantages of Chinese-built bikes is the price. There is no UK or Euro estimate for the Excelle 525X - in fact, there's no confirmation it will make it here. However, it has a sticker price of 41,900 CNY in its native China, and that is for the higher-spec Sport version complete with luggage and gold rims!

In other words, that's around £4,800. We're looking at a couple of grand less than the Honda CB500X, and just under £1,000 less than the KTM 390 Adventure - although that isn't a cast-iron conversion either! For those looking for a cut-price commuter and adventure tourer, the Excelle might actually be worth considering even though it doesn't have the same brand appeal as Honda or KTM.

CAN THE EXCELLE 525X TAKE ON HONDA AND KTM?


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