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    I'm not impressed either, but note that until the...

    I'm not impressed either, but note that until the 2008 redesign, the 650cc Kawasaki KLR used a single, single-pot caliper up front.

    tcs
  2. LOL! So true! Moto web boards are full of...

    LOL! So true!

    Moto web boards are full of posts along the lines of "why don't they sell/import/build a bike like....?" Sometimes the manufacturer DID try to market a bike like described and was...
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    Royal Enfield is late to the party. Bajaj, Hero...

    Royal Enfield is late to the party. Bajaj, Hero and TVS have all been building EFI bikes for a while now.

    Best,
    PJ
  4. BTW I did see one of these in traffic in Dallas a...

    BTW I did see one of these in traffic in Dallas a few months back.

    PJ
  5. The SunL Kung Fu's I saw in December '07 in...

    The SunL Kung Fu's I saw in December '07 in Dallas had VINs that started "L8Y". This decodes as manufacturer Shanghai Shenke Motorcycle Company.
  6. And why would someone do that? You get all set...

    And why would someone do that? You get all set up with distribution, warehousing, parts support, and marketing and...find the factory has cut another deal with someone else to sell the exact same...
  7. So did anyone notice the 9 y.o. boy walking along...

    So did anyone notice the 9 y.o. boy walking along with Yao Ming when the Chinese team marched around the stadium? The Chinese flag someone gave him to carry? How it was mounted on the little stick...
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    The CFMoto auto tranny cruisers, sold under...

    The CFMoto auto tranny cruisers, sold under CFMoto, QLINK and Baron brand names, are the first China bikes I've seen with regularity here in Texas. Interestingly enough, they do not meet US DOT...
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    UM in USA: road bikes, Hyosung, from Korea. ...

    UM in USA: road bikes, Hyosung, from Korea. Dual sports and scooters, Chinese.

    tcs
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    Opportunity for a China manufacturer

    Sad news today that storied German motorcycle manufacturer MZ will close at the end of 2008.

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/mcn/2008/June/9-15/june0908MZ-shut-down/

    MZ...
  11. Right here: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/crttst.htm...

    Right here:

    http://www.epa.gov/otaq/crttst.htm

    Best,
    tcs
  12. This isn't all the legal China bikes and scoots...

    This isn't all the legal China bikes and scoots in the USA - there are others on the 2005 and earlier certification lists, and the EPA hasn't made public the 2006 and 2008 lists. (I'm thinking about...
  13. Bajaj is Indian. Bajaj USA was importing Chetak...

    Bajaj is Indian. Bajaj USA was importing Chetak scooters and then Bajaj of India quit building them. Bajaj USA is now selling Chinese mfr. scoots with Loncin engines under the Argo brand.

    tcs
  14. Listed in the USA EPA certifications for 2007

    2007 is the latest data that the EPA has made public. This covers road legal motorcycle and motor scooter models up through about a year and a half ago. Road vehicles must be certified to comply...
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    And indeed BMW cut the USA price of the G650...

    And indeed BMW cut the USA price of the G650 $1200 when they switched from Austrian Rotax engines to the Loncin manufactured ones.

    tcs
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    Lifan planning up to 1000cc bikes

    According to this China Daily article:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bw/2008-05/19/content_6694169.htm

    And on the other end of the spectrum: "There are till 800 million rural residents in China...
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    It's the single cylinder 650. ...

    It's the single cylinder 650.

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=23881

    tcs
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    Harley-Davidson exported 27% of their 2007...

    Harley-Davidson exported 27% of their 2007 production.

    tcs
  19. JialingUSA hasn't responded to my emails and a...

    JialingUSA hasn't responded to my emails and a google didn't come up with any American brick&mortar who claimed to be a Jialing dealer.

    tcs
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    Loncin is a long time partner of Yamaha and the...

    Loncin is a long time partner of Yamaha and the Chinese manufacturer that BMW chose to build the G650 engines.

    tcs
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    Yamaha SRV250...

    Yamaha SRV250 sport-standard model which shares the Virago 250 engine.

    Honda Varadero 125 adventure tourer with a 90deg V-twin.

    Scoot safe,
    tcs
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    According to a Feb 2008 story in China Economic...

    According to a Feb 2008 story in China Economic Net, the ten largest Chinese motorcycle manufacturers are Grand River Group, Loncin, Chongqing Jianshe Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Lifan Group, China...
  23. According to this article: ...

    According to this article:

    http://en.ce.cn/Insight/200802/29/t20080229_14682111.shtml

    they finished up 2007 in impressive fashion: 25,446,900 total production for the year.

    Eight different...
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    Oh yeah. Did you know Yamaha got their start in...

    Oh yeah. Did you know Yamaha got their start in motorcycles by building a copy of the pre-war German DKW RT125? Way back in 1903 Harley-Davidson's first engine was a copy of a French design. ...
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    What is he smoking? Design new motorcycles? ...

    What is he smoking? Design new motorcycles? Nearly all Chinese motorcycles and scooters are knockoffs of older Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese designs.

    Quicker and less expensive to reverse...
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