Chinese Motorcycles & Scooters
The Chinese motorcycle/motorbike/scooter industry has exploded in recent years. Manufacturers of these machines are producing an astounding number of motorcycles/motorbikes/scooters! The numbers are mind boggling. A recent report shows that Chinese motorcycle manufacturers are producing tons of machines annually. In fact, reports indicate that the numbers far more than 10 million per year and is growing quickly. What does all this mean?? Well, part of what it means is that Chinese motorcycles are beginning to flood worldwide markets. These days, it's possible to find these machines for sale at places that might surprise you. Have you headed down to your local auto parts store lately? Some of them are now selling these Chinese motorcycles. If you check eBay, you'll find that it seems that "everyone and his brother" is selling inexpensive Chinese motorcycles online!
One of the most confusing things about these motorcycles is the question about where are they from. It's not like the big Japanese manufacturers where there are a few big names and you know which company made your motorcycle. On the contrary, with these Chinese motorcycles, sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly who made it and to get useful information on it's origin. There are so MANY different manufacturers producing these! Why does that matter? Well, it matters because not all these machines are made exactly the same way. The Chinese are masters at copying and so many of these bikes look basically the same. Even so, depending on the company that actually manufactured the bike, there can be some significant differenced in terms of quality and long term reliability. Needless to say, "cheaper is not always better"! The old saying, "you get what you pay for" also has some relevance in terms of Chinese motorcycles, but the fact is that one of the biggest advantages of these machines is that they offer a lot for a little bit of money. You can buy a Chinese motorcycle for a fraction of the cost of a name brand Japanese bike! For someone on a limited budget, this can be a big deciding factor! It is possible to buy a nice, brand new Chinese motorcycle for much less than an old, used Japanese bike!
Another big question you should ask yourself while shopping for Chinese motorcycles/motorbikes/scooters (whether it be online or in person), is regarding parts supply. This is a big one! You need to make sure that whatever you buy will have parts accessible in the future so that you can repair & maintain your Chinese motorcycle and keep it going. It doesn't matter how cheap the initial purchase was if later your motorcycle becomes inoperable because you can not get a simple $5 repair part! Don't just take the word of the seller. Try to get proof that parts will be available for any Chinese motorcycles that you are considering to purchase. Do your homework and research the manufacturer. Fortunately, many of these Chinese motorcycles are copied heavily from Japanese designs, so it may be possible to get engine parts and others from one of the big Japanese dealers, but just be sure to question the sources of parts so you can be better assured that your motorcycle will be able to serve you for many years to come.
Some people may be a bit apprehensive regarding these low cost Chinese motorcycles/motorbikes/scooters. In some ways, it is similar to the early years of Japanese vehicles in the US. Initially, some people were skeptical and critical of those machines - with good reason. Some of the products were a bit questionable early on and with no track record, how could anyone know for sure what to expect. Well, as it turned out, the Japanese motorcycle industry exploded and has proven itself well over decades of producing great products. The Chinese motorcycle manufacturers seem to be in the early stages of a similar business model. Time will tell for sure, but the writing on the wall is clear... the Chinese are a formidable worldwide force in the production of motorcycles! So, the next time you see one of these machines, take a closer look. You might be surprised at the high quality and low price that you see!
Gallery of Various Chinese Manufactured Motorcycles & Scooters