Demak presents boldness. One could almost say Demak goes where no other (or not many another) maker goes. In styling, in mechanicals, in street presence, and in every significant element; indeed in the whole concept of two-wheeler design.
If you are looking for a breath (or a lungful) of fresh air in the local scooter and motorcycle scene, Demak has it, Demak goes there.
And, so, when back in September of last year the Company introduced the new Demak models, Motor was very much in attendance. We rode a number of the just-introduced offerings including some of the models that had already hit the market. And the DZR 120 greatly impressed us that day.
The handling, the Dual Sport concept, the little engine in the big bike form, the so so exciting on-tap delivery of the mid-range Newton metres (the acceleration), the smoothness of the ride, the strong brakes, et al - how could a rider not love this bike. And so it was that we discussed with the friendly Demak salespeople our desire to present the bike to you Motor readers.
The DZR 120 has been styled to appear larger than it, in fact, is. In the motorcycle world a 120cc engine is small, but the street presence of the DZR moves your eye onwards, over the startlingly bold lines of the bodywork and the features such as the large brake disc (and petalled, to boot) up front, the monoshock rear suspension, the Supermotard/Enduro sort of body and mechanicals, the clearly visible trellis frame, the road sport tyres on the ‘Y’-spoked cast alloy wheels. Unless you force your eyes down at the engine (small-dimensioned and heavily inclined, lying almost on its side), you would not have said this is a small bike - a mere 120!
Overall finish of the DZR is of good quality. The aluminium castings of pillion footrest hangers and the uncommonly sturdy pillion grab handles are clean and would be at home on more pricey machinery. The aggressive styling of the DZR, combined with the bike’s features, points to the DZR 120 having the personality of a junior street-fighter. The bike is also an occasional off-roader, in supermotard / enduro territory. This motorcycle is not an out-and-out trail bike nor a full-time road machine, its Dual Sport characteristics competently taking you wherever you desire.Ground clearance is high (180mm - maker’s figure) made possible by routing the silencer/exhaust system up and over, in typical off-roader fashion. This clearance would help ensure the under-side of the crankcase and obstructions in forest paths and submerged rocks would be kept out of each other’s way.
Demak’s DZR is an adventure bike and you and your mates could spend many weekends (but why wait till the weekend to go out and enjoy yourselves on two wheels?) exploring the bike’s capabilities and totally reveling in them.
On our test ride I found the rider’s part of the saddle too far forward (riding two up). It was like riding in off-road mode where the rider often moves forward on the saddle to better handle the bike through natural hazards. For a bike that would see a fair bit of road riding action (and of course with a pillion too) the rider’s position seemed somewhat cramped even for my average Sri Lankan frame.
Also, the left and right pedals (gear and rear brake) were too high in relation to the rider’s footrests and I found that I had to lift my gear foot off the footrest to change gear comfortably. However, the example I rode at Demak’s models introduction last year did not have this problem. On bikes it is not uncommon to see this glitch, and is easily and quickly put right by any mechanic worth his salt.
Upper body riding posture was good, my hands gripping the wide, ends-weighted handlebar naturally and comfortably. Minor controls - lighting, horn push, starter button, engine kill switch - are of solid feel and all within comfortable range of the rider’s hands on the grips.
The turn signal switch is of the press-to-cancel type. This is a quick and convenient feature on turn indicator switches, yet it was not till recently that this feature migrated from up market machines to becoming almost de rigeuer on modern bikes. The meter console is ana-digi, with the circular faced analog rev counter (rpm meter aka tachometer) and square-ish digital speedo, odo, fuel gauge, gear position, high beam and turn signal indicators. The DZR is unique in these departments - ana-digi meters and a rev counter - in terms of instrumentation availability on small bikes. The petalled front disc brake assembly too is not seen on other bikes this size in Sri Lanka. Another indication of big bike features on this 120cc machine.
The 4 speed gearbox operates in the 1-2-3-4/ 4-N pattern (down on the toe from 1st through 4th , while 4th to Neutral is one move thereafter). Running a sedate 3000 rpm in top gear on the 10,000 rpm redlined tachometer is a traffic-friendly 41 km/h, and for the lesser vehicle density scenarios 4-thou on the tacho propels you and your DZR along at a still comfortable 53 km/h. The mid-range torque is so smooth and plentiful that top gear can be used to cover most day to day road situations.
As with many Demak models that we’ve ride tested, the DZR emits a low rumble through its silencer-exhaust system at idle. A strong staccato bark takes over when the throttle is opened partway. And when the throttle is blipped a powerful and commanding sonic crack whips through the neighbourhood.
The trellis frame is used by a number of motorcycle makers for robustness, and for sporty appearance and performance, among other characteristics. One friend who looked the DZR over, a motocross rider, commented on the DZR trellis frame’s sturdy appearance, “…looking solidly constructed.”
With sharp lines, large aggressive cowls either side of the fuel tank (the air filter is contained within one cowl), chin spoiler, tyre huggers front and rear (which, we could imagine, would provide a good level of weatherproofing), the upswept big-barreled exhaust, the large bodywork to wheel clearances, the DZR certainly is a good looker, while also clearly projecting the adventure spirit of the bike.
The Demak DZR 120 could be, I’m thinking aloud, an economical and friendly training bike for future competitors in the supermotard race category. In fact, given Demak’s involvement in motorcycle sport in our country, could we soon see a One-Make Supermotard 120cc event a fixture at future motocross race meets?
DEMAK DZR 120
4-stroke single-cylinder air-cooled
52.4mm x 55.5mm Bore x Stroke
Electric / Kick
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Wheelbase 1280 mm
Tyres Front 90/80 x 17
Rear 100/80 x 17
Brakes Front Disc, hydraulic
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Length 1940 mm
Width 775 mm
Height 1090 mm
Weight 102 kg
Fuel tank 6.5 lit
THE GO FACTOR
Max Power 5.5 kW @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque 8.0 Nm @ 5000 rpm
COLOURS Black, Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Warranty 2 years / 30,000 kms
HOW MUCH Rs 239,900/-
DEMAK MANUFACTURING LANKA (PVT) LTD AND DEMAK SALES & SERVICES LANKA (PVT) LIMITED
The Demak DZR 120 is conceptualized, designed and manufactured by the Maysian motorcycle maker DEMAK Marketing Sdn Bhd, and is assembled in Sri Lanka and sold by DEMAK Sales and Services Lanka (Pvt) Limited.
Krishan Abeydeera, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Sales and Business Development Manager with Demak, Sri Lanka, tells us about the DZR 120 and the Demak range of two-wheelers available here.
“The DZR 120 is designed for young riders who love sport and adventure riding; those who like to go off-road and enjoy. The usual age group would be 18 to 28 or so, while the DZR is suitable for other ages, too.”
“You would notice that the DZR has a big bike look and feel, with the advantages of a small but powerful engine and with good fuel economy. Riders can experience adventure in an affordable and economical manner.”
“Demak has over 300 Dealers including 140 Mega Showrooms spread out over the island.”
The Demak two-wheeler range in Sri Lanka is extensive. From the Rs 164,900/- step-through (underbone) Shark, through four scooters Rino, Civic, Tropica, Transtar) ranging from Rs 174,900/- to Rs 239,900/- and nine models of motorcycles including today’s test ride DZR 120 and on up to the flagship Skyline GT at Rs 409,900/- are available to local riders.