According to Motorcycle Industry Association, new Chinese bikes have outsold new Japanese machines in the UK for the first time ever, mostly as mopeds and scooters.
Some say the Chinese manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the quality that is expected from bigger motorcycles (more than 125cc) and it looks like they are not putting too much effort into developing super bikes and choppers. At least not yet! Of course there is an ongoing discussion related to the quality of mopeds and scooters as well, but clearly no one can deny it, that the quality has been improved over the years.
I had my first scooter back in 2002 – a Chinese Geely and it was horrible in every aspect. I told myself I will never buy a Chinese scooter, but two years ago I got myself another scooter. This time a 50cc Keeway. It was well priced and I drove it for years with no problems.
In the first six month’s of this year China exported 4.4859 million motorcycles, down 8.86% from a year ago. The export value was USD 2.39 billion, up 4.14% year-on-year.
Less bikes with a higher value could mean the quality is up, though it is hard to prove it.
Just make sure before buying a moped or a bigger bike from an unknown company do some research and drive it before. The looks can be deceiving.
What I learned from owning two Chinese scooters is that you might need new parts. Either because it is braking down due to bad quality or you did not take good care of it and need to replace a light, tyre… etc. It is a real pain if the parts are not available at all or it takes weeks to get a simple
For a good selection of parts and accessories check out Chinese motorcycle parts online, they have everything from engine parts to helmets.
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