Classy new 125s for under £3000: Liquid-cooled Zontes range has spec to rival the best

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The above stylish, liquid-cooled 125 is just one of an all-new, three-bike line-up about to go on sale in the UK. The latest good-looking offerings come from Zontes, a brand which have been trading in the UK for over a decade, and could mark a watershed in the perception of bikes from China.

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Apart from their all-new liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder motors, which are claimed to produce the maximum A1-permissible 14.5bhp, the trio also feature: Bosch ABS brakes and fuel-injection; switchable Sport and Eco engine modes; up-to-date suspension comprising inverted telescopic front forks with a monoshock rear (operating on an aluminium ‘banana’ swingarm); LED lighting front and rear; an underslung, stainless steel exhaust; a USB charging port; keyless security and LCD clocks – plus a two-year warranty.

Zontes ZT125-G1

Despite all the fancy spec, the three also retain the traditional attraction of Chinese bikes: temptingly-low prices. The cheapest of the bunch will be just under £2900 when it arrives in dealers.

The three models are the ZT125-U naked roadster (main picture), which comes with street tyres and alloy wheels. It is the cheapest at £2899.99 and is available in sober grey metallic or lurid orange colour schemes.

Next up is the ZT125-U1 adventure sport machine, which is distinguished by its semi-knobbly tyres, alloy-rimmed wire wheels, extra ground clearance and adventure bike-style beak. It also comes with keyless security, in either orange or black/yellow for £2999.99.

And, finally, there’s the ZT125-G1 which is a retro roadster and also features alloy-rimmed wire wheels and costs £2999.99.

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.