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Chinese motorcycle factories adapting to stay profitable

Posted by Shem on June 12, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (3)

In 2017 Chongqing off-road motorcycle and quadbike specialist Shineray joined forces with auto-maker Brilliance Auto to produce the SWM X7 SUV car and join the growing list of motorcycle manufacturers who are moving into the automotive market. This move displays a trend for motorcycle manufacturers to either diversify or expand in order to continue trading in an era when the market cannot support the multitude of motorcycle factories manufacturing in China, especially in light of the gener...

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Government aid helps the Chinese motorcycle industry to evolve

Posted by Shem on June 5, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Zongshen’s recent engine manufacture deal with Norton caused a lot of people to write to me asking “why couldn’t Zongshen develop their own engine?” I suppose this is a relevant question considering that Zongshen produces hundreds of thousands of its own engines every year and has recently spent millions of dollars on a new research and development centre. The truth is that the Chinese industry does still need help from outside (foreign) sources in certain areas but i...

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Motorcycle sports in China

Posted by Shem on October 3, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


China: Less Attention Given, Less Sponsorship




Motorcycle races are favoured by global competitive sports fans due to its features of excitement, low participation threshold and low team costs. However, motorcycle racing is not as popular in China. The ban on the use of motorcycles in China also contains the development of motorcycle sports. The majority of audiences of two major motorcycle races i...

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China: The BMW G650GS Production Country

Posted by Shem on September 28, 2016 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (1)



BMW and Loncin have created a partnership that offers spectacular benefits for both parties in the short term. Loncin manufactures engines for BMW under a license agreement. These Loncin production engines are in the 47bhp class the power limit for novice riders in the UK and the standard for BMW entry-level big bikes. From 2005 through 2012, Loncin shipped approximately 35,000 engine units to the Berlin Factory at Spandau. The engines powered the G650GS ...

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Zongshen with Norton, Fantic and a global Cyclone

Posted by Shem on September 23, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (1)



A couple of years ago I predicted that the winds of change would have to blow through the Chinese motorcycle industry for it to evolve. It was quite obvious that the industry was flagging and needed a large injection of new ideas to get it rolling again and it seems that Zongshen have taken the lead in pushing forward the reputation of the industry.


One of the serious problems facing the industry is the ‘Indian invasi...

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The role of women in the Chinese motorcycle industry

Posted by Shem on September 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (1)


The motorcycle industry, for the main part, has long been regarded a man’s world. Recently I was asked by FIM to write a report about women in the motorcycle industry in China and as I have recently written an article involving Ruby Zhang the owner of Fuego Power (Motorhead brand) I decided to have a further look in to the female influence on the industry. One of the biggest influences on any industry is the media that supports it and in China there is a huge fe...

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10 Chinese scooter manufacturers

Posted by Shem on September 20, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (2)




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 o...

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Old European and American brands that Chinese motorcycle manufacturers should revive and restore to former glories

Posted by Shem on September 7, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)



By David McMullan


In a previous issue of China Motorcycle news we reported on the trend for Chinese motorcycle manufacturers to investigate the possibility of reviving old and famous brands. As it is increasingly difficult for motorcycle OEM’s to avoid rebranding in established markets (as entering into those markets with their own brand name would put them in direct competition with their existing customers in that co...

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The dragon and the rising sun. China and Japan still at motorcycle war

Posted by Shem on September 5, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)



For centuries the clash between the Chinese and the Japanese has seen constant conflict until the relatively recent, more peaceful years of the latter 20th century. While the cultures and people are very similar in many ways there have always been rivalries in production that will remain in contention for as long as the two nations exist separately. One of the biggest industries now drawing battle lines between the two countries is the motorcy...

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China and the Catalan cluster of moto manufacturers

Posted by Shem on September 5, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)


For the Chinese motorcycle industry by far the most important and cooperative hub for the in Spain is the ‘Catalan Cluster’ in Catalonia. Manufacturing in this cluster represents nearly every aspect of motorcycle technology and accessories and is known for the high quality of its products.

The permanent exhibition at the Barcelona Motorcycle Museum is dedicated to the history of the motorbike in Catalonia, to Catalan bikes, and specially...

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