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Chinese import bikes

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by pil, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Whats are everyones thoughts on the flood of these bikes into the market. Im looking at getting one of them for a project and would like some first hand experiance from anyone out there. Im looking at the dirt bikes so post up ya thoughts. P

    [mod] moved to bike reviews, thoughts, suggestions. joel :cool:
  2. I think they'll be fantastic and do alot for the motorbike industry.

    In several years, when build quality picks up.
  3. Seen too many people with the bikes falling-apart-unsafe. Will eventually make the industry more competitive on price etc, but at the moment the quality and support etc just aren't there.
  4. Problem is that a lot of people seem to think that all Chinese bikes roll out of the same factory. In reality there's probably more motorcycle manufacturers in China than the rest of the world combined. Some are at a standard that parts/engines/possibly even entire bikes are being used by the Japanese manufacturers - others are producing cheap crap. Most of the ultra-cheap Chinese stuff out here seems to be from the latter. It'll probably be a while before Aus buyers are willing to pay more for the better quality Chinese stuff, until then they'll probably stick with the "quality" products from the Japanese manufacturers (which are made in Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia etc. ;)).
  5. Check out the other thread on this. Already been a lot of discussion. Just for the record however, I think that many parts from "Quality" manufacturers are already made in china. If anything, they are probably the best at making stuff, because they have so much experience. Cheap labour and shear volume are what make them so cheap, not so much using inferior materials as people would have you believe.

    Research and Development are by far the most expensive things of building a vehicle. If someone else pays for this and u copy their design... you've just halved costs in one go. Add cheap labour and the ability to sell 10-100times the amount and watch the prices fall.
  6. Yep. Interesting article on Chinese bikes here:
    In particular:
    Also interesting to note that Zongshen, which is one of the largest manufacturers with 20,000 employees and sales of 400,000 bikes and 700,000 engines a year - was just a bike repair shop in 1982 :shock:. That sort of advancement is pretty damn impressive.

  7. 400,000 bikes and 700,000 replacement engines for them each year .

    :wink: :LOL: