2023 QJ Motor SRT750 | Road Test Review

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
The QJ Motor SRT750 will soon join the Benelli motorcycles offered by SSR Motorsports dealers in the U.S. (Photos by Kevin Wing)

QJ Motor isn’t exactly a household name here in the U.S., but given the Chinese company’s global ambitions, that may soon change, especially with the 2023 QJ Motor SRT750.

QJ Motor is an enormous manufacturer that produces millions of motorcycles, scooters, engines, parts, and more every year, and it exports a fair share of its products from China to 130 countries. Since the motorcycle division’s launch in 1985, QJ Motor (Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co. Ltd.) has also partnered behind the scenes with several familiar motorcycle OEMs here and abroad to make some of their engines, key components, and even complete motorcycles.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

In 2005, QJ Motor acquired the name and assets of the 100-year-old Italian company Benelli, which has helped it grow market share in Europe and America. The company maintains a design center in Italy to give its two-wheelers some European flare, and it has manufactured an extensive line of Italian-designed, Benelli-badged modern motorcycles in China since 2008.

So far, QJ Motor’s only public foray into the U.S. has been with the Benelli lineup, which is sold by Southern California-based importer SSR Motorsports. SSR also offers its own line of dirtbikes and small street and dual-sport machines through its national network of motorcycle dealers.

Having tested the waters in the U.S. with Benelli since 2016, QJ Motor will brave the fickle American market in 2023 with its house brand, once again through its faithful partner SSR. Although the domestic QJ Motor lineup comprises more than two dozen motorcycles, scooters, and electric bikes, the first to make landfall here will be the 2023 QJ Motor SRT750, capitalizing on the current popularity of adventure-styled machines.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

The Benelli/QJ Motor team in Italy based the SRT750’s overall design on the Benelli TRK502 adventure bike. It blends a classic ADV beak and seemingly giant fuel tank – really just 4.9 gallons – with an open trellis frame, exposed engine, and swoopy tailsection. The SRT750 may be the right bike at the right time given current market conditions – particularly because its $8,499 price tag is quite appealing when compared with similar adventure-styled motorcycles from Japan and Europe.

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Tested here in preproduction form, the 2023 SRT750’s final price, specifications, and equipment may change a bit before it hits dealer showrooms this spring. While the bike may eventually be offered in off-road-ready adventure guise as well, the lighter sport version we tested has cast aluminum wheels and Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires instead of heavier spoked wheels and dirt-ready buns. While the lack of tubular guards and bash plates certainly saves weight, the SRT750 still tips the scales at a rather heavy 552 lb for a bike in this displacement class.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Without engine guards and bash plates and wearing sport rubber on 17-inch wheels, this version of the SRT750 works best on the blacktop.

In keeping with the trend in the middleweight adventure class toward compact parallel-Twins that are simpler and cheaper to build than V-Twins, the SRT750 is powered by a 754cc Twin with liquid cooling, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, Bosch EFI, 6 speeds, and chain final drive. Not much to get excited about – until you start it up, at which point the engine’s 270-degree crankshaft creates a growling drumbeat idle reminiscent of a performance-tuned 90-degree V-Twin. Closing my eyes at a stop, I could swear I was sitting on a Ducati.

With better engine balance than a 360-degree crank, less rocking couple than a 180, and the same firing order as a V-Twin, a 270-degree crankshaft offers more character without a large sacrifice in power – hence its use in so many late-model parallel-Twins. In almost all cases, including the SRT750, vibration that would otherwise result from the uneven firing order is kept at bay by a gear-driven counterbalancer shaft.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Incorporating a 270-degree crankshaft in the SRT750’s parallel-Twin gives the engine a more soulful sound and feel, like a V-Twin.

On Jett Tuning’s rear-wheel dyno, the SRT750 made 70.5 hp at 8,600 rpm and 46.6 lb-ft of torque at 7,800, solid peak numbers that are comparable to, say, the Suzuki V-Strom 650. This gives the bike brisk acceleration that most solo riders will find more than exciting enough in the canyons and on the highway, especially since the power is delivered with an Italian operatic bark and great twin-cylinder feel. As long as you’re not in too big a hurry, the engine provides adequate urge when the bike is fully loaded too.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750 dyno chart

Throttle response is smooth and linear up to the actual rev limit at 9,300 rpm (the tachometer is redlined at 10,000), except just off idle and up to about 3,000 rpm, where the rough power delivery needs some refinement, particularly if the rider wants to tackle any tricky low-speed terrain where smooth throttle modulation is critical. Cruising along at an actual 60 mph (measured with GPS – the bike’s speedometer read 10-12% high, but its tripmeter was accurate), the engine turns over a smooth, leisurely 4,500 rpm. As speed and engine rpm climb above 6,000 rpm or so, a little vibration creeps into the grips, but it’s not bothersome.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Inspired by the Benelli TRK502 built by QJ Motor in China, the first QJ SRT750 to come to the U.S. wraps a pleasing adventure-bike design around what is essentially a sit-up sportbike.

Like its clean, rugged styling, simplicity is a welcome feature of the SRT750. Other than the 5-inch color TFT display with adjustable day/night modes, gear indicator, and both Bluetooth and TPMS connections (for a future smartphone app and tire pressure sending units, perhaps?), the bike gets by without many bells and whistles. Lighting is all LED, including the bright twin-beam headlight and nicely faired-in front turnsignals with clear lenses, and there’s a USB port right by the ignition switch. Brake and clutch levers are adjustable, aluminum braced handguards are standard, and extra buttons on each switch pod are ready for optional heated grips and fog lights.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Switchgear is well-conceived and includes buttons for optional heated grips and fog lights. Some buttons are backlit.

QJ Motor says it may also add a centerstand and tubular engine/fairing guards as standard equipment, though personally I would save the latter for the adventure version. Don’t look for riding modes, traction control, or windscreen adjustability, though the SRT750 does include some useful storage under the locking seat, easy battery access, right-angle valve stems, shapely passenger grabrails, and a handy top trunk/luggage rack. If the DOHC valve train inspection every 15,000 miles reveals that the shim-under-bucket lash needs adjustment, the camshafts may need to come out, but there’s nothing unusual about that or the rest of the SRT750’s maintenance needs.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Though it’s a bit on the heavy side, taut handling and solid midrange power make the SRT750 quite agile in corners.

At 32.9 inches, the SRT750’s nonadjustable seat height is reasonable, though the pillion perch is much higher, so take care not to bash your knee on a passenger grabrail when swinging a leg over. With my 29-inch inseam, I found that, once seated, I could touch my feet down and paddle the bike around easily, and the cleated footpegs with vibration-damping removable rubber inserts are nicely positioned under the rider’s seat. When we first got the SRT750, its wide, tapered tubular handlebar was adjusted well up and forward, like you might position it to accommodate standing while riding off-road.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

Although the bike’s ergonomics work well sitting or standing, its Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires, a 17-inch front wheel, and no tip-over protection indicates that this model is meant for the blacktop. But spoon on some 50/50 tires and you could certainly tackle dirt roads and gentle trails (though its limited suspension travel and ground clearance are unlikely to enhance the experience).

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Once adjusted back down, I found the reach to the handlebar and grips easy enough but still a little farther away than I like, and the otherwise comfortable seat tended to slide me forward into the tank. Wind protection is just fair since the nonadjustable screen is only mid-sized and positioned well forward, which lets the noisy windblast roll down in front rather than over the rider. The lower body and upper legs are mostly tucked in snugly behind the tank and fairing lowers, and the handguards are quite effective at blocking the cold. The TFT display is bright and easy to read, and all the handlebar switches and buttons – some of which are nicely backlit – come readily to hand.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
A bright 5-inch TFT display offers auto or manual day and night modes, and buried in the menu are Bluetooth and TPMS sensor connections.

Since it’s a preproduction model, I gave the SRT750 a thorough going-over before riding off the first time, particularly the KYB suspension. A 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping does a nice job up front, with its 6.1 inches of travel resisting excessive dive and offering a compliant but sporty feel over bumps and under braking.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

With no progressive linkage, the rear shock is a disappointment. Even after you make the effort to adjust its unwieldy ring-and-locknut spring preload for the rider’s weight, a bumpy road will quickly overwhelm the shock. The bike’s handling is sensitive to rear spring preload adjustment – too much and it turns in too quickly, too little and it suffers from some squirminess in front. All the more reason it should have a remote spring preload adjuster rather than just a knuckle-busting ring-and-locknut, particularly if your load will change frequently. The slotted clicker rebound damping adjuster is easily accessed and helps fine-tune the ride in back, but if this were my bike, I’d swap out the shock for a higher-quality damper.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
If the SRT750 has a weakness, it’s the rear suspension, which uses a basic semi-laydown rear shock to control the unspecified amount of wheel travel.

With its wide handlebar, compact wheelbase, steep rake angle, 17-inch wheels, and sticky tires, the SRT750 eats winding roads for breakfast, with an assist from its torquey midrange that helps it power out of corners and squirt from turn to turn. Regular and deliberate shifting helps keep the engine in the meat of the powerband and out of the juddery low-rpm zone where the fueling needs some work. But the 6-speed transmission and slip/assist clutch work smoothly, and shift lever throw is moderate. On the highway, it’s a comfortable companion that will cruise along at 75 mph from fill-up to fill-up, with only the noisy windscreen and lack of rear suspension performance over repetitive bumps to detract from the experience.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

Impressive-looking radial-mounted Brembo 4-piston brake calipers clamp large floating dual front discs and bring the SRT750 to a halt smoothly and quickly, with a Brembo radial-pump master cylinder that gives the front brakes excellent feel at the adjustable lever. Surprisingly, the rear caliper is a nice opposed 2-piston Brembo rather than an economy 1-piston pin-slide unit, and it does a great job as well, with the pedal well-positioned directly below the ball of the foot. Overall, the brakes make for a fairly carefree riding experience, especially since they’re backed up with ABS that works smoothly and reliably when engaged. Unfortunately, the ABS can’t be turned off or adjusted, a consideration if you plan to hustle the bike around off-road.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
Powerful dual-disc brakes with radial Brembo 4-piston calipers are backed by ABS. Wheels are shod with Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires.

To build the SRT750, QJ Motor has sourced quality components from around the world and integrated them into a solid package with great fit and finish, designed in Italy and manufactured in a modern, ISO9001-certified factory in China. It’s worth a look for far more than just its lower price – the bike is a blast to ride, and with nearly 400 SSR Motorsports dealers around the U.S., support for the QJ lineup should be adequate.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750

With a better rear shock and a taller aftermarket or accessory windscreen for colder weather, I wouldn’t hesitate to slip some soft luggage on the SRT750 and take off on a cross-country ride, especially since it sips fuel when ridden conservatively. You could also pop on some 50/50 tires, bash bars, and a skid plate for that exposed oil filter and whatnot underneath and knock the rubber inserts out of the footpegs, and it would be ready for light adventure riding. Or just leave it as-is, in sport mode, and wait for an adventure version of the SRT750 to arrive with all of that and a 19-inch front wheel. At this price, many riders would find it easy to own both.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750
A comfortable seat, a relaxed riding position, and reasonable wind protection give the SRT750 some long-distance capability. A larger windscreen would help in the cold.

2023 QJ Motor SRT750 Specs

Base Price: $8,499

Warranty: 1 yr., 12,000 miles

Website: QJMotor.SSRMotorsports.com

2023 QJ Motor SRT750


  • Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 754cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 62.0mm
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Valve Insp. Interval: 15,000 miles
  • Fuel Delivery: Bosch EFI
  • Lubrication System: Wet sump, 3.0 qt. cap.
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain


  • Frame: Tubular-steel trellis w/ engine as stressed member, cast aluminum swingarm
  • Wheelbase: 60.6 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/5.3 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.9 in.
  • Suspension, Front: 43mm inverted fork, adj. for spring preload & rebound damping, 6.1 in. travel
  • Rear: Single shock, adj. for spring preload & rebound damping, 2.0 in. stroke (travel NA)
  • Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ opposed 4-piston radial calipers, radial master cylinder & ABS
  • Rear: Single 260mm disc w/ opposed 2-piston caliper & ABS
  • Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17
  • Rear: Cast aluminum, 5.50 x 17
  • Tires, Front: Tubeless radial, 120/70-R17
  • Rear: Tubeless radial, 180/55-R17
  • Wet Weight: 552 lb
  • Claimed Load Capacity: 332 lb
  • GVWR: 884 lb


  • Horsepower: 70.5 @ 8,600 rpm (rear-wheel dyno)
  • Torque: 46.6 lb-ft @ 7,800 rpm (rear-wheel dyno)
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gal
  • Fuel Consumption: 36.3 mpg
  • Estimated Range: 178 miles


  1. 550lbs!! That thing is a heavy as a BMW. Not sure how this helps Benelli get a foothold in the US – seems parasitic. If I was looking at this western/china partnership, and beyond KTM, the Moto Morini X Cape looks a lot more appealing.

    • If it’s anything like the Benelli TRK502, it’s heavy because it’s GIGANTIC. The TRK502 is an enormous motorcycle, comfortable for two fat people, two-up, with a ton of gear. Benelli’s 302S is the same way. Small motor, but full-sized bike that fits a tall or fat man easily, and doesn’t make him look like a bear on a tricycle (I’m looking at you 300 Ninja). It also uses 120/160 tire sizes. At first glance it looks like a 600.

      If this new bike appears to be following the same ethos. The TRK502’s wheelbase is 59 inches, this bike is 60 inches. So it’s even bigger. The seat looks super roomy as well. I hope they go the same route as the 502 when it’s released here – hand guards, luggage rack, crash bars, and center stand are all OEM equipment on the 502X. (That’s about $500 worth of accessories!)

  2. Got me excited for a moment. A 750cc 270 degree twin, trellis frame, Italian styling and sound, and adjustable suspension. All on 17s with a half fairing. Then I read the details. At least 50lbs overweight, fueling issues below 3000rpm, and poor suspension performance.
    Triumph’s Tiger Sport 660 weighs 100lbs less, makes nearly identical power, has an adjustable windscreen and TC. The Triumph’s suspension and brakes aren’t as fancy on paper but they both work really well. Superb handling, smoothness, refinement and all-day comfort even for a tall guy. Spend the extra grand on the Triumph if you’re looking for a bike like this.

  3. Unfortunately given the current geo political tensions between China (CCP) and the West, no matter how great this bike might be, I’d never consider this bike

  4. With comments such as “gigantic” and “enormous”, well those “two fat people” better weigh less than 166 lbs each. Why not carve a motorcycle out of granite and have a useful load of zero?

  5. Lots of talk here on hypotheticals, so ill add my experience. I purchased one of these about 2 months ago. over 1600 miles and 5 states later, I can say that I disagree with the suspension performance claims as I find it to be quite comfortable. I am 6’3″ 245 lbs. this machine pulls well with a very strong mid-range as well as a hard pull at higher rpm right out through the limiter. 100mph plus is easily attained. I use this to commute roughly 80mph , 120miles a day. love it so far. I have the X model. spoke wheels crash bars and pannier boxes. tones of space and I was $9,300 out the door brand new. you would be hard pressed to find a machine for a cheaper price point.. I looked and generally this fell 3 to 5k less than anything worth looking at.. My complaints are limited to windshield size/ shape. it tends to dump air in your lap rather than deflect over me. the fuel gauge is odd. most capacity is in the first half tank. motor is slightly lumpy at lo rpm but the performance in the rest of the usable range is great. the lumpy low gives a great aggressive idle and sound. would love to see more features but who doesn’t… its a sub 10k bike out the door! Zero regrets. For FYI I own or have owned a wide variety of machines including . Harley sportster 1200c Buell XB12 Buell 1125cr Suzuki Katana 600 Bandit 400 Kawasaki Mean Streak 1500 DRZ 400 QJ SRV500 ssr250S .


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