QJ Motor recently launched the Fortress 350, its very first model in the maxiscooter segment, and it was designed in collaboration with Ricardo Motorcycles.
Historically, QJ Motor scooters have never cracked displacements greater than 250cc and this new scooter is a new model from the brand that boasts some firsts. The Fortress launch is also in line with QJ’s other endeavors, which include new engines and models that will likely make things interesting for the company in the near future.
Comes with a 349cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine that produces 34 horsepower. The model is now the biggest scooter in the QJ Motor stable, and its powertrain is also new to the brand giving fans of the brand more power than its other offerings.
Another first is the fact that this is QJ Motor’s first maxi scooter, and its design is reminiscent of other models in the field like Yamaha’s XMAX 300 and Honda’s Forza 350. If the exterior design gives some nods to European maxis like the BMW C400X and C400GT, it’s because Ricardo Motorcycles was also asked by BMW to design its scooters. QJ Motor went to Ricardo for the design of the Fortress, and it resulted in an attractive design that weighs 195 kilograms, which is just a hair under 430 pounds.
Other features include a TFT instrument panel, ByBre brakes with dual-channel ABS, traction control and even an electronically controlled adjustable windshield.
As for its price, sources say it will likely be around $5,500, which is roughly in line with the advertised launch price when it debuted in China, where QJ is from. It is also likely that the model will become a rebadged Benelli, given that QJ Motor is the parent company. Sources say the model will make its first European debut in France and Germany, where the company has a strong dealer network.