Chinese Manufacturer Cyclone Expands into Sportbikes with RC 680
In recent years, Chinese motorcycle manufacturers such as CFMoto, QJ Motor, and Loncin have gained attention with their impressive lineup of new models. Cyclone, a subsidiary of the well-known Chinese brand Zongshen, has also made significant strides in the industry.
Cyclone has formed a notable partnership with the renowned British brand Norton, evident in their offerings like the RX 650 adventure bike and the upcoming RE 650 retro-roadster, which incorporate Norton's technology. Now, Cyclone is venturing into the sportbike market with the RC 680. This sleek and modern bike hints at a sport-touring orientation rather than an all-out supersport approach, with design nuances like raised clip-ons and less aggressive rear sets.
The RC 680's engine seems to have taken inspiration from Honda, resembling the one found in the Honda CBR650R. It features a 648cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, inline-four engine that delivers 95 horsepower and 43 pound-feet of torque. Zongshen's engine has a slightly larger displacement due to a slight increase in stroke, resulting in a reported 674cc.
Stylistically, the RC 680 shares flamboyant details with other Chinese sportbikes. It features a single-sided swingarm, an exposed and stylishly designed exhaust system, and an aluminum frame and swingarm. The bike's chassis is supported by inverted front forks and a centrally mounted rear monoshock, with Brembo brakes adding to its appeal and performance capabilities.
Details about the production timeline for the RC 680 are currently undisclosed, and only low-resolution renderings are available. The transition from concept to production can take time, so there may be a wait before the bike is seen in its final form. It's also worth noting that some designs, especially those closely resembling established models, may primarily remain within China's domestic market.