Well it was, especially regarding motorcycles from China. We all knew they’d get it right one day and with this new Zontes 310X they most certainly have. The past variants, from any brand, seemed to have been brushed under the carpet in a dust storm of untrustworthy build quality and mechanical internals that lasted as long as a bag of sweet springs rolls at a weed party. Well forget all of that right now! The Zontes importers and distributors in SA have just unveiled this little crimson beauty and, let’s be honest here, it’s a very, very attractive motorbike on all counts.
Yes, I most certainly did, regarding KTM’s launch in Morocco held at the beginning of the year. Two reasons for that, I hate flying long distance and I was a bit scared to spend many days in the desert, and probably would have rewarded myself with a painful injury. Anyway, many months later and I finally had the chance to play with the new KTM 790 Adventure, so there.
I tested the little CRF250L when it was launched way back in the day and my original conclusion was, for me at least, that lightweight dual-sport bikes occupy a weird space in no-mans land. Not a proper road bike and not an epic off-road bike, come to think of it, some are not even a viable combination of both. So, what is the new 2019 Honda CRF250L all about?