China giant QJ Motor is strong in combustion engines and also boasts a few e-scooters. With the QJ 7000 D, an electric 125 is ready.
If we count all the motorized two-wheelers that China’s giant QJ manufactures, we come up with well over 40 different ones. Distributed to the displacement classes between 25 and 750 cubic and the brands QJ Motor, Keeway and Benelli. Including three electric scooters of the 50 class. So far little electrical in the range. That is changing: With the QJ 7000 D, the Chinese are showing an interestingly styled electric speedster in the A1 class, i.e. with an output of up to 11 kW.
Especially the front is familiar. The 600cc supersport machine from QJ was probably the model here and combines almost all the style features of current 1000cc supersport machines. Behind the steering head with the USD fork, the new QJ becomes significantly more “electric”. The dummy tank is open on the side and should be able to accommodate a full-face helmet. Underneath are the battery, controller and the gearbox with the drive chain. Transmission? Correct: manual clutch and shift lever indicate a manual transmission. Slightly exotic, but not uncommon. The Kawasaki study also has a manual transmission and the Brammo/Victory Empulse was also foot-shifted. Advantage as in the combustion engine: speed reduction with positive consequences for consumption and noise.
Something important is missing for Europe
With a look at the technical data of the Elektro-QJ everything is in balance. Electric motor with a maximum of 11 kW continuous output, a range of around 100 kilometers and – if the speedometer is not lying – a top speed of 120 km/h. In addition, a digital display, space for two and a swing-fixed license plate holder. Braking is done with discs at the front and rear, and even with a 6-piston caliper at the front. This one in particular is only too familiar to one of the various CBS systems from other Chinese brands. In the approval regulations for 125cc motorcycles, manufacturers are free to choose whether to brake using ABS or an integral braking system. The QJ definitely doesn’t have ABS, the CBS is closer. However: New pictures of the electric QJ show a version with ABS and that’s the right move. However: Super athletes with “125 cc” have a difficult time in Europe when they are not being sold by MotoGP manufacturers. In Asia, this segment is almost without alternative for beginners. If QJ, who have been active on the European market themselves since 2022, bring an electric motorcycle to us, it will rather be a naked bike. However: In Germany itself, there are still the hurdles for warranty for batteries and occupational health and safety regulations for electrical workshops. A circumstance that affects most Chinese electric motorcycles.
Yes, the manufacturers from China have a lot of tailwind and money is not an issue.
Never, passion, history and quality, China doesn’t learn overnight.
No surprise: After the long credit for old and new combustion engine “licenses” from Japan, QJ – representing China – of course goes electric. With the QJ 7000 D, a 125 with a battery is available. It is unclear what technology is really behind it and whether the speedster will ever come to Europe.
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