Chinese automotive manufacturers ripping off designs from prominent international models is very well known. Their choices of counterfeits are usually premium automotive brands such as BMW, Kawasaki and Ducati and not usually an Indian brand.
However, it seems that one of the Chinese automakers has indeed ripped off a very popular Indian model. Hanway’s G30 adventure motorcycle looks like a perfect rip-off of our very own Royal Enfield Himalayan. We say ‘perfect’ because it hasn’t done a bad job in its styling nor the added features it has been provided.
The Chinese bikemaker is offering G30 in two variants- standard and G30-X. The latter is equipped with wire-spoke wheels wrapped around by tubeless tyres, panniers and a TFT instrument console. Prices of the adventure tourer have been pegged at CNY 17,280, which roughly translates to INR 1.92 lakh making it cheaper than its original inspiration.
Unlike Himalayan, G30 employs a 249.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that generates an output of 26 bhp at 9,000 and a peak torque of 22 Nm at 7500rpm. It claims a fuel efficiency figure of 32.2 kmpl while it can clock a maximum speed of 128 kmph.
The engine, like in Himalayan, sits on a duplex split double-cradle chassis. This frame is suspended on 35mm USD forks at front with a 120mm travel and a mono-shock at rear with 42mm travel.
G30 rolls on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels that are wrapped around by tubeless dual-purpose tyres. Such tyres are usually seen on more premium adventure tourers such as Kawasaki Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT. Anchoring duties are handled by a 280mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc. Its saddle is accessible at 800mm which is identical to Himalayan while it offers a ground clearance of 185mm.
As far as features are concerned, G30 gets a twin-pod LCD instrument console with a full TFT screen, LED headlights with DRL, a 5V 2A charging port, a 19-litre fuel tank and dual-channel ABS. Maybe, Royal Enfield could look to bring in these changes for Himalayan’s next update.
The major difference between G30 and Himalayan is that the latter is powered by a 411cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 24.3 bhp at 6,500rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque at 4,500rpm. This motor is coupled with a 5-speed gearbox.
It rolls on 21-inch and 17-inch front and rear wire-spoke wheels respectively. Its suspension setup consists of 41mm telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear with a travel of 200mm and 180mm respectively. It also has a smaller fuel tank capacity of 14 litres.