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ZONTES T 310 (2019-on) Review

Published: 22 May 2019

Updated: 22 May 2019

The Zontes T 310 is also a hell of a lot of surprisingly well-equipped adventure bike for the money

Turning on the Zontes T 310

The Zontes T 310 is also a hell of a lot of surprisingly well-equipped adventure bike for the money

  • At a glance
  • 312cc  -  34 bhp
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • New: £3,999

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Yes, it’s Chinese, built down to a price and has performance that won’t set the world on fire, but the Zontes T 310 is also a hell of a lot of surprisingly well-equipped bike for the money.

It’s comfortable, smooth, swift, doesn’t panic when you show it a corner and way cheaper than its A2 licence-friendly and even 125cc rivals.

Only time will tell how durable it will be and what it will be worth a few years down the line, but engines have always been bulletproof and Zontes build quality has moved on from the bad old days of Chinese bargain buckets.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Granted, it doesn’t ride with the grace of a Ducati, or have refined controls of a Honda, but you know what? It isn’t half bad, especially when you keep reminding yourself the ticket price starts with a three. Even the major manufacturers would struggle to produce so much metal for so little.

Once you’ve picked yourself up off the floor from the shock of the impressive spec list, you’ll ride down the road and discover the Zontes does nothing wrong on the move. There are no nasty vibes from the engine, thanks to its balance shaft, it doesn’t go one way when you want to go the other and everything works exactly as it should.

It doesn’t have the behemoth dimensions of a big capacity adventure bike, so carrying pillions will be a squeeze, but that keeps things light and manageable. The 159kg machine is comfy enough for one and has a roomy riding position. Big mirrors are clear and the two-position screen quiet and effective.

Non-adjustable suspension offers up an unflustered ride and there’s no sign of the cheap, crashy ride your bones and false teeth would normally have to contend with a Chinese bike over bumps.

Unlike most adventure-style machines the T 310 wears a 17-inch front wheel up front rather than a 19 or 21, so your off-road pretentions will need to be tempered to bumping up a kerb at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru, but on the road the Zontes rolls easily from corner to corner with little effort. 

Dual purpose CST tyres have adequate grip wet or dry, the single 260mm front disc and twin piston caliper gets you stopped easily and a dab of rear gives you extra stopping power when you need it.

Engine 3 out of 5

A liquid cooled 311.7cc single cylinder dry-sumped motor (oil is stored in the frame) will never set the world on fire for the experienced, but for the new rider there’s a broad spread of throbby single cylinder power, decent low-down punch, perfect fuelling from the Delphi injection and enough oomph to cruise at motorway speeds and above. There’s no slop in the gearbox and not a false neutral in sight.

Zontes T 310 engine

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Riding the box-fresh Zontes you see in the pictures it’s impossible to say how it will stand the test of time, but the signs look good, especially when you consider what it’s made of.

Cylinders, swingarm and diamond cut wheels are all aluminium, the steel fuel tank is galvanised, plastics are sturdy and the stainless-steel exhaust has 'cool touch' stacked end cans, that won’t burn luggage or your pillion’s leg.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Chinese-built bikes always score against their rivals in the price department and the T 310 is no different. Add in all its toys and an impressively capable ride and it’s an even bigger bargain.

To ride and live with the Zontes is a pleasant surprise. Of course, it’s never going to be as polished as something like a Honda CB500X, but then the T 310 is two grand cheaper and most importantly a step towards convincing us that Chinese bikes really can be taken seriously.

A side view of the Zontes T 310

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Zontes is surprisingly well equipped with keyless ignition, two riding modes, Bosch 9.1M ABS, an LCD display, lightweight lithium battery, USB charger, adjustable brake and clutch levers, electric screen, seat lock and fuel tank cover. Rugged, hard adventure-style panniers and a top box are also available as an accessory.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £3,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost £100
Performance
Max power 34 bhp
Max torque 22 ft-lb
Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 312cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v single
Frame type Tubular steel spine
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 159kg
Front suspension Upside down 37mm forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, non adjustable
Front brake 260mm disc with twin-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 210mm rear disc with single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2019: Model introduced

Other versions

R 310 (naked) and X 310 (faired sports). Essentially the same mechanicals with different styling and ergonomics.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their ZONTES T 310 (2019-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your ZONTES T 310 (2019-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Chinese Motorcycle comes of age.

26 August 2019 by CB

The extras given with this bike are exceptional. The quality is of a very high standard and the engine is smooth running for a single.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The suspension is obviously non adjustable but copes very well either on or off road.
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine performance is excellent and good torque from third gear. Cruises easily at motorway speeds and above.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
2000kms done so far not one problem.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Electric screen, keyless ignition, crash bars, hand guards and more unbelievably value for money.

Photo Gallery

  • Turning on the Zontes T 310
  • Zontes T310 engine
  • Parked up on the Zontes T310
  • Riding the Zontes T310
  • A side-on view of the Zontes T 310
  • Zontes T310 front wheel
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