Zongshen seems to love the unusual motorcycle styling, and the RA9 takes that to new levels.
Looking for the world like a cross between a drag racer. And a speedway bike is a powerful way of producing a sports-style motorcycle with outstretched arms. But it looks highly effective in action.
The excellent exhaust shows which way the styling was intended to go like a dragster.
One of a few concepts to be revealed at this year’s show, the RA9 looks like a triumph of styling over physics and ergonomics in a good way.
The one-off styling theme includes a single-seat, stubby tail section. Single exhaust and a headlight/number plate unit that comprises the rear bodywork.
Add to this some fairly tasty bodywork sections, and you have a looker.
However, tubular steel section and cast alloy arrive from Dorsoduro and Shiver with a new single-sided swingarm.
The powerplant arrives from the Aprilia DOHC V-twin, however, with the RA9 spec.
The Shiver had 750cc, Aprilia made it to 896cc and the for Dorsoduro, the went on to became 1,197cc for 2011. However, RA9 arrives as 987c.