David McMullan's blog
|Posted by Shem on September 20, 2016 at 9:25 PM|
Generally with a Chinese scooter you are getting old technology made to be as affordable as possible. Many 125cc - 150cc Chinese scooters uses a clone of the 80’s era GY6 engine, while 50cc Chinese scooters almost always use an engine based on the Minerelli engine. These old engines don’t perform beyond mediocre in power or fuel economy, but it can be reliable if well assembled. The hard thing is, knowing if you’re getting one that has been well assembled, or if it’s been hastily put together at the wrong torque specs and with cheap components. If you stick with a more established Chinese brand like the ones listed here then you can know you are getting a scooter of adequate quality.
There are however exceptions to these rules and we have listed some of our favourite scooter manufacturers here
Baotian scooters are based in Jiangmen near to Guangzhou in Guangdong province, a good hub for scooter production. Possibly Baotian’s most famous market is the UK where they are distributed by Baotian UK and are a growing brand.
Despite recent financial problems Wangye scooters continue to battle on and are known to make some of the most stylish scooters in China. With a worldwide distribution this Zhejiang province manufacturer is still a popular choice globally.
Based in China’s Zhejiang province Znen are sometimes touted as the top scooter company in China. After buying out the old brand ‘Fosti’ Znen continued to grow its scooter sales despite the financial crisis and continues to be one of China’s leading scooter manufacturers.
Back in 1956 Qinqi made the first commuter (non-military) motorcycle in China. They followed this up by being the first scooter manufacturer in China after signing a successful cooperation agreement with Suzuki in 1985
Benzhou is one of the rare factories that make its scooters from almost scratch. Producing scooters since 1995 Benzhou boasts two motor factories, an engine factory, a frame factory, a plastic factory, a painting factory, a wire factory, a light factory and a mould factory.
In 1999 the establishment of Zhejiang Jia Jue Industrial Co. Ltd., started manufacturing scooters culminating in 2001 when heavy investment produced the Jiajue brand. In 2006 Jiajue began cooperation with Bullia in Italy to achieve European testing standards.
Jonway motorcycles/motor scooters (especially electric scooters) occupy a large portion of the market in China. In addition this is where Jonway makes the majority of its profit. Also, their products are exported to over 80 countries including some in the European Union.
Taotao is probably the most famous Chinese scooter brand in the USA. A rare Chinese success in the states Taotao has been a household name for scooter commuter for many years and remains one of the only Chinese success stories in the USA.
Although Zongshen are a Chongqing giant motorcycle manufacturer they also have a scooter factory in the Guangdong province town of Foshan. In this factory Zongshen partners with Italy’s Piaggio to produce the Piaggio/ Zongshen scooter range.
Why not throw an electric scooter manufacturer in to the list? Yadea are China’s premier electric scooter manufacturer with a distribution network on every continent. They are so good even C2W’s David McMullan rides one although he does look a bit silly riding it.