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    Chinese Firm Zeths Introduces Indian Scout-Inspired V-Twin
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    Jul 19, 2021 at 2:59pm ET
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    By: Dustin Wheelen

    Fake it ‘til you make it.
    Established in 2013, Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Zeths specializes in 250cc V-twin cruisers. Now, in 2021, the brand is ready to compete with the big boys. It just unveiled a new 1,000cc powerplant that looks oddly reminiscent of the Indian Scout’s V-Twin. While the ZT1000’s unique castings, cylinders, heads, and crankshaft make the mill Zeths’ proprietary design, the Chinese marque certainly nipped a few ideas from its American counterparts.


    The ZT1000’s 60-degree V-Twin architecture, DOHC valvetrain, and engine mount positions are identical to Indian’s engine. Internal specifications also mirror the entry-level Scout Sixty with a 93mm bore, 73.6mm stroke, and 11.0:1 compression ratio. The similar machinery results in similar power figures as well, with the ZT1000 producing 81 horsepower at 8000rpm and 66.4 lb-ft of torque at 5500rpm compared to the Scout Sixty’s 78 ponies at 7200rpm and 65.6 lb-ft at 5800rpm.

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    Harley-Davidson Road Glide chassis. The upcoming Tracker also borrows liberally from Indian’s FTR. While Zeths’ interpretation employs a steel trellis frame as well, the frame design, trellis subframe, and clip-on handlebars set it apart from the source material.

    We’ve seen numerous Chinese manufacturers recently adopt European styling and larger displacements for worldwide appeal. This isn’t the first time that Chinese brands have copied American V-twin technology and aesthetics, but it makes us wonder how Zeths plans to market the upcoming motorcycles. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if the ZT1000 makes it to European and North American shores, but for now, they sure look the part.
     
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    Thieves. They will fall apart
     
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    Never, ever, under estimate the Chinese aye. They are already pumping out the Benelli's quick smart. Just remember, quality is what they want it to be as they can and do produce from junk into the highest quality affordable. look like nice bikes on paper, see Indian Motorcycles, snooze, ya loose. Few bikes here Indian should already be producing as far as I am concerned. Probably 2/3rds the price or less of the real thing but probably only going to sell in numbers to the Asian market (which is gi fn normous).
     
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    Polaris recognised the Chinese manufacturing capability and quality potential when they purchased the Chinese company Hammerhead in 2015. The ATVs are still manufactured in Shanghai and marketed worldwide, including the States.
     
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