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Specifications For My First Motorcycle


  • rear disc brake
  • rear monoshock suspension
  • low cost, can sell easily but not a thief magnet
  • decent amount of range on a tank of gas (autonomy)


Choosing the rear disc brake and monoshock rear suspension helped me rule out like 90% of the motorcycles in the showrooms of Chiclayo, Peru. These two options are superior in every aspect than the drum brakes and dual shock options, and are easy to spot when looking at motorcycles.

For a motorcycle I want to keep forever, I would want it to have a good skeleton. The core of the motorcycle is the frame. Most cheap motorcycles will have a trash frame, because no one cares that much about motorcycle weight.

I decided to buy new, because I didn't have enough knowledge to buy used, and because used motorcycles here in Peru aren't cheap. Which means the resale value will be high.

At first I was considering offroad/adventure type motorcycles, even though I prefer road because of the number of dirt roads in Peru. Then I noticed most motorcycles being ridden on the dirt were road-type anyway. Before I switched strategy, I almost got the Tekken 250 below.

Tekken 250 Tekken 250

Among the motorcycles in my price range I looked up, none had a quality frame. A stylish and more expensive Zontes U155 caught my attention. It has an aluminum swingarm for the rear suspension, and weighs less than all the other motorcycles I was comparing. I looked up Zontes and they are a high quality manufacturer. Over 60% of their employees have university degrees and advancement is based on technical merit. No wonder their choices and engineering look top notch for their price range.

The U155 has fuel injection, both oil and water cooling, antilock brakes, and other features that make it the most expensive motorcycle I looked at (around 11,000 Peruvian soles). I would have gotten the U155, except I liked the styling on the Benelli 180s better, and it was only available in Lima (I am rather far from Lima at this point). Also, given my uncertainty about staying in Peru, if I decided to sell the bike, I may have trouble finding a buyer compared to a less expensive motorcycle.

Though I'm not sure what poor people would want. Maybe they are attracted to fuel injection because it gets better gas mileage? Pulsar motorcycles, both carbureted and fuel injected, are very popular here, but also a tad overpriced, perhaps for that reason. Pulsar is also more likely to get stolen because it's easy for a thief to sell quickly or turn it around for parts.

While I love all the high tech stuff, I like engines to be as simple as possible. While the Zontes U155 has fuel injection, oil and water cooling, antilock brakes, bluetooth ignition, and all that is quite nice, it can be a headache long term when the motorcycle gets old and stuff starts to break down. A carburated, air cooled engine is the simplest. That's what all the cheap bikes have. Someone could make a really high end simple bike that may be a tad more expensive, but that just doesn't seem to be done.

The Bruno TNT 200 (also rebadged as Advance and Jettor) was offered to me for 5600 soles. The next day I went to buy the bike and the guy said he made a mistake, that it was actually 6500. The same thing happened at another dealer with the Yansumi Fantasi 200 about a week before. I was also misinformed about the gas tank capacity for the PlusOne Xplotion. I asked knowing the answer, then corrected him with the website when he overstated the capacity. Dealers are either clueless or not to be trusted. I went to a nicer showroom where they had the Benelli 180s, and was offered 10,700. I ended up buying it for just under 10,000.

Benelli 180s
Benelli 180s

Zontes U155
Zontes U155

Bruno TNT 200
Bruno TNT 200
The exposed yellow frame tubing isn't the frame, but a decoration that is bolted on to the actual frame with flimsy sheet metal.


Most Fuel Efficient Motorcycles


Are all the motorcycles with highest fuel economy based on a fuel injected engine?

After looking up to #14 on the list below, I gave up.looking for a carburetor motorcycle among the top most fuel efficient. I asked on Quora, and some carbureted 50cc scooters used to get 120mpg, which is 1.96 liters/100km, which is on par with the top of the list for fuel injection.


Rank Model L/100km
1 Honda Super Cub C125 (20) 1,9
2 Honda Z 125 MA (12) 1,9
3 Honda Innova (185) 2,0
4 Honda Wave 110i (65) 2,0
5 Honda CB 125 F (20) 2,0
6 Honda CBF 125 (140) 2,2
7 Honda MSX 125 (39) 2,2
8 Suzuki UK 110 (12) 2,3
9 Honda Vision 50 (41) 2,4
10 Yamaha YBR 125 (39) 2,4
11 Honda PCX (444) 2,4
12 Honda Vision 110 (73) 2,5
13 Honda Forza 125 (81) 2,5
14 Yamaha NMAX 125 (71) 2,5
15 Suzuki GSX-S 125 (11) 2,6
16 Yamaha YZF-R125 (58) 2,6
17 Honda SH 150 (106) 2,7
18 Piaggio Medley 125 (44) 2,7
19 Honda CBR 125 (182) 2,7
20 LML Star (44) 2,7
21 Rex RS 450 (48) 2,8
22 Simson SR50 (31) 2,8
23 Honda SH 125 (228) 2,8
24 Yamaha Neos (44) 2,9
25 KTM 125 Duke (60) 3,0
26 Simson S51 (147) 3,0
27 Yamaha X-Max 125 (26) 3,0
28 Piaggio Liberty 50 iGet (17) 3,0
29 Suzuki GN 125 (18) 3,0
30 Simson S50 (23) 3,0
31 Yamaha X-Max 300 (87) 3,1
32 Aprilia SR 50 (97) 3,1
33 Yamaha YP 125 (76) 3,2
34 Simson Schwalbe (117) 3,2
35 Suzuki AN 125 (19) 3,2
36 Yamaha XT 125 (13) 3,2
37 Yamaha Aerox (33) 3,2
38 Honda Forza 300 (42) 3,2
39 Piaggio Zip 50 (22) 3,2
40 Royal Enfield Classic 500 (21) 3,3
41 Honda CRF 250 L (28) 3,3
42 Honda SES 125 (39) 3,3
43 Royal Enfield Himlayan (36) 3,3
44 Honda CBR 250 (46) 3,4
45 Suzuki UH 200 (33) 3,4
46 Piaggio Liberty 125 iGet (23) 3,4
47 BMW C1 (87) 3,4
48 Honda NSS 300 A (21) 3,4
49 Suzuki UH 125 (59) 3,4
50 Honda CA 125 (20) 3,4

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Shopping Spreadsheet


The list below has the motorcycles I found in all of Chiclayo that had rear disc brakes and rear monoshock suspension, and were priced under 8000, except for the one Benelli and the Zontes.

Some of the motorcycle brands didn't even have their own website, as they are brands made up by local Peruvian distributors. This includes the PlusOne, Artsun, Advance, Bruno, and Jettor, for which I couldn't find detailed specifications because there is no website for the brand. I got some of the info from https://somosmoto.pe, but the specifications on that website are highly suspect.

Some single piston engines have an additional balancing unit, that makes them run smoother at higher RPM. I'm sure the Benelli and Zontes have these, but didn't find this in the specs. Maybe they all have this and it was just a gimmick a dealer used on me.


sort model price min fuel injection cooling balanced inverted shk fuel type fuel tank range liters/100km ride height kerb weight horsepower torque top speed gd clearance transmission
1 benelli tnt 150i 7800 * yes oil yes 95 13 445 2.92 78 144 12.77 11.5 105? 19 5
2 plusone xplotion 175cc 6700 * no air yes 9 #DIV/0! 78 132 14.75 19 5
3 artsun phantom 250 7500 no air yes 10.2 #DIV/0! 130 18 18.6 5
4 jettor gp160 7500 no air yes 95 17 412 4.13 79 130 13.5 13.8 105 21 5
5 advance, jettor gp200, bruno tnt 200 6500 * no air yes yes 95 15 436 3.44 77 145 16 11 120 16 6
6 yansumi fantasi 200 6500 * no water ? yes no 17.6 440 4 77 134 10.7? 15.5 120 6
7 zontes u-155 11300 yes - bosch oil+water yes 95 12.5 694 1.80 79 128 17.4 16 130 16-18.5 6
8 benelli 180s 10000 * yes water yes 95 10 317 3.15 81 147 18.1 14 110? 17 6


Fuel Octanes Available in Peru


Peru will reduce the number of fuel types available to only regular and premium

My motorcycle specifies 95 octane fuel {RON rating}. What I have found is that outside of the big cities, only 90 octane fuel is available. Isn't that a bust.

I am looking into octane boosters. It would be convenient if I could use the 95% rectified ethanol that is readily available as my octane booster. Using Ethanol’s Double Octane Boosting Effect with Low RON Naphtha-Based Fuel for an Octane on Demand SI Engine, SAE International Journal of Engines 2016

The Zongshen mechanic who takes care of my warranty said I should just use 90 when 95 isn't available. He doesn't recommend using ethanol or other octane boosters. No reason given. I'm just going to follow instructions. There's a Duke 250 out in La Florida, Peru, and this motorcycle also requires 95.


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fun/motorcycles.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/10 15:44 by marcos