Filipino brand RUSI is strengthening its foothold in the local motorcycle industry with its highly capable yet affordable motorcycles, among them the RUSI Classic 250 café racer that has been making some waves recently. Now, the most recently talked about RUSI model is the highway-legal café racer Zongshen Cyclone RE3 400, which will be introduced as the RUSI Cyclone 400 locally.
Zongshen is a China-based motorcycle manufacturing company, with almost 30 years of experience in the industry. It boasts "sophisticated manufacturing, technology leadership and international cooperation" as among its core strengths in the business. With the RUSI partnership, these strengths and carried over to the local marque via the RUSI Cyclone 400. Enthusiasts who have come to love the RUSI Classic 250 might find the Cyclone 400 appealing because of its ability to zip past tollways. But it's not just the size that matters as this midsize café racer packs a heap of impressive features, not to mention good looks.
Specifications of the RUSI Cyclone 400
Dimensions and External Features
Contrary to its "cyclone" namesake, which paints a picture of chaos, there's nothing disorganized about the RUSI Cyclone 400. It looks cool and serene in its classic glory, but with an air of authority. Its overall look borders between classic and modern, which makes the highway-acceptable RUSI motorcycle a head turner.
The RUSI Cyclone 400 grabs attention with its dimensions of 2,065mm length, 810mm width, and 1,120mm height. It tips the scales at 184kg. It has a seat height of 770mm (around 30 inches), which is appealing to riders who are shorter than the average Filipino height. Ground clearance is at 145mm.
Up front, it's hard not to be impressed by the Cyclone 400's distinct styling. There's a small windscreen, and a big round neo-classic styled headlight cluster with daytime running lights (DRLs), and flanked at each side by turning lights. At the back is a small round red taillight with turning lights at the sides, accompanied by a mudguard, plate holder and a taillight reflector.
The dashboard is a combination of digital LED display and analog rev per minute (rpm) display, which are well-lit and highly readable at night or in dim settings. The analog display also includes the headlight indicator, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) indicator, neutral indicator, fuel reserve indicator, engine management warning light, and the hazard and turn lights indicator. The LED display on the other hand shows the fuel level, temperature indicator, mileage, oil indicator, and there's a button above the display that toggles between the trip meter and the odometer.
All the required switches are placed strategically on the handlebars, and there's a red kill switch button on the right handlebar.
The Cyclone 400 has a handsome side profile, complemented by the teardrop-shaped gray-silver 19L-capacity fuel tank that blends into the brown comfortable seat, aluminum alloy footpegs and the sporty dual stainless, silent exhausts. Zongshen refers to this styling as the golden triangle design driving posture, which ensures a comfortable ride quality.
The RUSI Cyclone 400 rolls on uniquely-styled 18-spoke 17-inch front and rear wheels wrapped in tubeless tires.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The RUSI Cyclone 400 boasts a 4-stroke, double cylinder, liquid cooled, electronic fuel injected engine that churns out an impressive maximum power output of 42.24hp at 9,500rpm and a peak torque of 34Nm at 8,000rpm. This engine is hooked to a 6-speed gearbox.
With these numbers, the RUSI Cyclone 400 can reach a top speed of 138kmph. Fuel consumption s reportedly 3.38L per a 100km run.
Chassis, Suspension and Braking
The bigger displacement café racer, which sits on a cradle-type frame, utilizes an inverted front shock absorption suspension setup in front, and a dual hydraulic damping-type shock at the rear. With this, riders can even enjoy long trips with great comfort.
The RUSI Cyclone 400 can compete neck and neck with the leading café racers in the 400cc segment especially in terms of the safety department with its front and rear disc brakes supported by ABS.
By bringing in the Zongshen Cyclone 400 and rebranding it as the RUSI Cyclone 400cc, the marque is leveraging the former's expertise into the local market. And with the powerful performance, good looks and technology features, this café racer is bound to be a hit to many practical riders who prioritize value for money. While local pricing is not yet available, the RUSI Cyclone 400 is expected to be competitively priced as with the other RUSI motorcycle offerings. The Cyclone 400's Facebook page hinted that pricing and other details will soon be revealed, so most likely―and hopefully―the much-anticipated bike is bound to arrive soon.