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Vento 400 Café GT
Found the link in The Kneeslider. What seemed initially like a small nicely done up Café racer turned out to be... wait a minute... that machine has 3 cylinders and it is definitely not a 80s Kawasaki. What is this? This is Vento. But not Vento U.S, the small scooter and cruiser bike manufacturer. this is a Chinese company who sells their products in Australia. Did I say chinese? yes, but Chinese means imitations right, well actually no, there are a few companies who does more than that. Remembar Johnny Pag?. Well, this Vento 400 Café GT comes from the company by the name of PTS Motors. You may be thinking this bike looks like a home made Café racer. Well, maybe it looks that way, but the engine is interesting, I mean I have never heard of a 400cc in line 3. "PTS Motors is one of the few China-based manufacturers of mid range displacement power vehicles, specializing in out-of the box products of International performance. Leveraging global design talent, we are attempting to provide top-notch styling and design solutions." proclaims the website.
So the company started in 2002 mainly to support overseas customers and importers of Chinese scooters, motorcycles and ATVs and going by the website, they seem to have done pretty well as till date they claim to have exported more than 300,000 units of vehicles worldwide from China. The guys seem to be pretty serious about their work and straight forward. According to them, it was the lack of high displacement engines and vehicles from China and Taiwan that encouraged them to invest in a 400cc triple cylinder engine development and they are hopeful of international recognition and acceptance in the future. They are totally focused on exports which mean these small machines are not available in China. But if you really like them, you can shoot a mail to them and they respond quite quickly and positively. They have their own R & D centre in Australia.
Like many other manufacturers from China, they have also started venturing in
ATVs and the company has an ATV with the same 400cc 3 cylinder engine. According
to them, this is the first motorcycle with a 400cc triple cylinder engine. And I
cannot challenge them with my limited knowledge.
This is a light 348 pounds, nimble more-than-a-commuter which has a reasonably good power output at 34 horsepower belting out from the 3 engines with a total cubic capacity of 400. If you are thinking that the smaller Ninja 250R makes the same amount of power, then you have not got the picture. A twin cylinder with 250cc disposing 34 horses and that too coming with a racing gene and an in line 3 with same power but bigger capacity are as different as enduro and a street tracker.
According to The Kneeslider, the engine was designed by Ian Drysdale in 2004 for the same company for the Vento Reptile ATV which entered production in 2007. The machine was designed by Nic Butti, Mario Cisneros and Richard James who worked on the model via emails! as they operated from China, U.S and Australia respectively. In joined Drysdale in 2008 and he showed the guys how to work on a triple and the prototype was developed at the Drysdale Motor Co workshop.
The second prototype was completed this year summer. Cisneros of Vento tested the bike in Australia and now the bike is going for production.Vento’s concept is that for an able urban vehicle, what you actually need is good handling, balance and reactivity with adequate amount of power because you may have a radically designed engine with hundreds of horsepower, but where are the roads to drive in a normal urban setting? And if you still insist on wringing the throttle, the long arm of the law just might be waiting for you. So Vento designed the Café GT to make the rider feel comfortable and relaxed when sneaking through traffic and the model is especially aimed at young riders and female riders.
And according to them (and it makes sense) 35.5 bhp is
‘adequate’ enough for city driving. Remember, it has 3 engines, so definitely it
will be smoother than a twin. The engine is a simple air cooled unit and the
design is very simple with nothing radical on the bike. Although the pictures
here show a bike with no graphics, do expect a few, at least the brand name on
the tank and that would probably enhance the appeal as right now, it is a bit
too staid. They have knowingly stayed away from the plastics covering up the
bike and as they have named it, have tried to keep the café racer originality on
the bike without copying any classic model.
Engine: 392cc, 4 stroke, Air + Oil cooled,
Carbureted inclined 3 cylinder