Well, a 312cc to be exact. This is Zontes’ newest engine taking the brand into that important A2 market that’s been developing rapidly in Europe. There are plenty of 300cc four-strokes now in this market, and perhaps the nearest equivalent is the BMW G 310. Like the BMW this is a water-cooled single, with DOHC, four valves and a fairly high 12.5:1 compression ratio. Power output is comparable to the BMW, too, making 35hp at 9500rpm. Transmission is a six-speed. Spec is solid too, with an all aluminium cylinder that’s nickel silicon carbide plated for durability and performance. There’s even a balance shaft to dampen out the vibes.
This model is called simply the T310, but it says ADV on the fairing and the styling is distinctly modern-adventure with the beaky fairing (a la GS) and external crash bars. Okay, it’s got 17” cast wheels, so it’s not wholly dirt oriented, but then neither does a standard G310GS.
It does look good and close up it doesn’t disappoint, the fit and finish is of a high standard and the whole design is cohesive. Now as well as being A2 compliant it’s also pretty light, 149kg, which is a good deal less than the GS’s 169.5kg. For those of smaller stature, starting out on the motorcycle / adventure road you can see the appeal.