QJMotor’s 700cc Naked Reaches Europe, To Ruffle The Feathers Of The Yamaha MT-07
The SRK700 offers a better dollar-to-performance ratio than its Japanese rivalby Punya Sharma, on LISTEN 02:42
QJMotor, one of China’s leading bike makers, after showcasing its bikes at the 2021 EICMA show has now finally set foot in Europe. One of the bikes in QJ’s European lineup is the sporty naked motorcycle, dubbed the SRK700, and it falls right in the crosshairs of the Yamaha MT-07.
QJMotor SRK700 - Design & Features
As soon as you look at the SRK700, it immediately reminds you of the discontinued Kawasaki Z1000, courtesy of the swept-back sleek headlight and the brawny bodywork. Of course, this does look a lot slimmer, but the resemblance is uncanny.
Now, this isn’t really a bad thing, because this helps the SRK look properly standout in its category, which already has some rather unorthodox-looking naked’s.
As for features, there’s not much known for now, but we do know that the bike boasts a TFT display, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging port, and all-LED lights. This already gives it an advantage over the MT-07 which gets an LCD instrument cluster.
QJMotor SRK700 - Engine & Underpinnings
As the suffix in its name denotes, the SRK700 is powered by a Euro-5 693cc, twin-cylinder powerhouse, pumping out 74 horsepower and 48.7 pound-feet.
While this is right on par with the MT-07, the SRK700 weighs 15 pounds more than the Yamaha, part of which is because of its bigger fuel tank. This, in theory, should make the SRK700 feel slightly less peppy on the go.
The engine sits in a tubular steel frame and employs USD forks along with a mono-shock, both sourced by Marzocchi, for suspension duties. Rounding off the underpinnings are 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires and clamped by Brembo calipers.
QJMotor SRK700 - Price & Availability
QJMotor has priced the SRK700 at 6,999 Euros ( $7,380), which makes it 200 Euros lesser than the Yamaha MT-07 in Europe.
Judging from what we know so far, the SRK700 does offer a better dollar-to-performance ratio with decent features, thus making it a better prospect.
The only problem, however, is the lack of trust associated with Chinese products. If QJMotor finds a way to tackle this and makes a mark in Europe, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t make it State-side as well.