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A Chinese made bike, theÂ Zongshen zs200GS has been in production since 2004, it has an air cooled, single cylinder, four stroke 198cc engine and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).
The Zongshen 200 GS is the first of Zongshen Chongqing Group's line-up of Sport touring bikes. It was first introduced worldwide in 2004, and is continuously being sold by several Zongshen distributors in different countries. The Zongshen Chongqing Group is one of the five largest motorcycle manufacturers in China. They are currently in a partnership with Harley Davidson and Piaggio.
China Zongshen Racing is a major competitor in the China Superbike Championship winning the riders' titles in 2007 and 2008, although not necessarily using their own bikes, they also race with the Yamaha R6.
Interestingly, the bike is distributed under different brand names, Zongshen zs200GS in China and the United States, Motorstar Xplorer z200 and Rego z200 in the Philippines, Zealsun zs200GS in Turkey and Yumbo SR200 in Uruguay.
The zs200gs engine uses parts from early Honda technology; parts from the Honda TMX-155 are compatible and interchangeable with the zs200gs. This engine utilizes an old-school push rod valve system to ensure long-distance endurance, eliminating risks of timing chain failure due to the piling heat during a long-distance travel. Yet, the push rod design is a compromise to its top speed, allowing it to settle to a maximum of 75 mph (120 km/h). Pushing the z200 to very high rpms exposes it to risks of "valve float” which is a condition that occurs when the valves in a engine do not remain in contact with the camshaft during the closure phase.
The zs200gs design takes advantage of heavy sports bike aerodynamics to promote stability, a 20L capacity fuel tank allows for greater range, and has a muscular looking fairing. The engine is air-cooled, making the half-fairing design necessary for the proper air flow. Being a sport tourer the zs200GS ironically does not have ports for saddle-bags, and doesn't include touring accessories upon purchase. Owners intending to use this bike for tours must have the necessary implementations modified onto the bike and the furnishings custom designed to fit. The absence of touring accessories makes the zs200GS easily mistaken for an underpowered "MotoGP wannabe".