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jmeyn 02-12-2003 07:03 AM

I remember when Japanese advertising looked like this. Of course noone took them seriously...

Japan started out with direct copies of German cameras (courtesy of Hitler), then went on to lead the world in inovative photographic products.

Looking at -“motorcycles” and then the “Spare Part – Engine” link- and looking past the translation problems, I see a huge selection of cheap power options for would-be vehicle manufacturers. If the don't work reliably, they won't be around long. But if they do, look out!

seruzawa 02-12-2003 07:23 AM

Re: check out the HELMET page.
A number of years ago the Coca-cola(TM) company started their "Coke(tm) adds Life"campaign. They ran this campaign in China also. Their translator (an american who knew some Chinese) didn't really know what he was doing and the Chinese Characters he chose actually said, "Coke(tm) brings your dead relatives back to life".

Heh heh. I guess that sword cuts two ways.

Mooner 02-12-2003 07:27 AM

Re: Be a Motorcycle Tycoon
Ro my God! Three wheel van rook very dangerous! I no rike to ride in back!! You go fast and tip over on head.

seruzawa 02-12-2003 07:29 AM

an interesting link:

intruderman 02-12-2003 07:40 AM

Check out
....for more amusing mistranslations.

seruzawa 02-12-2003 07:43 AM

Re: Memories
Actually, it would be good to see the Japanese get some competition as far as the smaller bikes go. There are virtually no entry level bikes being sold anymore. By entry level I mean a fair selection of 90-250cc bikes at a reasonable cost.

I can't find any bikes from the big 4 that cost less than $3000 that are street legal. The 125cc -175cc class dual purpose or straight streetbikes simply no longer exist.

Perhaps making usable beginner bikes available that one doesn't need to cough up 3-4K for might encourage more people to try riding. It certainly can't hurt.

gooseman_1 02-12-2003 07:57 AM

Re: Be a Motorcycle Tycoon
An interesting tid-bit:

By population, Chongqing is the largest city in the world.

You'd think they could build a decent bike!

*Just another example of how great socialism is! Politicians take note.....

JoeBlade 02-12-2003 08:30 AM

Re: Be a Motorcycle Tycoon
Actually, it's a pretty full line of small displacement bikes and scooters. There isn't much market in the US for these, but I gotta believe that cost is the deciding factor in these purchases. So I bet they do OK.

The translations do look like they were done with an automated or computer generated translater. I suspect Four-structure means four-stroke, although I'd love to know what a "Goldfish" head is.

Last but not least, remeber :

China is going to do to Korea, what Korea did to Japan, and Japan did to us. Which is produce products cheaper than we can at home, because the people want jobs, the type of hard factory jobs most people in the US don't really want anymore.

With modern machinery and manufacturing techniqes, it's really hard to build a low output engine that isn't reliable. You can buy a $4000 3 way milling machinelathe to go in your garage that could produce a reliable engine if you put the effort into building it.

I suspect they'll do Ok, and someday new riders will be straddling a Yinxiang MotorCycle YX250 at the MSF Saftey School. After all, how much does it cost Honda to punch out their 250 loss-leaders. Does anybody actually buy one?

Now if they just came up with a better name, How about Yotocycle, or just plain Yoto!

BMW4VWW 02-12-2003 09:48 AM

Re: Memories
You make a good point here seruzawa. I remember when the biggest Honda was 250cc. These are exactly the kind of bikes that beginners should hone their skills on. Heck when one of my friends got a CB 160, and could actually keep up with cars on the freeway we all thought he was a god! VWW

rsheidler 02-12-2003 10:55 AM

Deja Vu
The text on their web site reminds me so much of the owners' manual for my first motorcycle, a 1962 Yamaha 100 enduro.

As I recall, that bike was not exactly the most impressive thing on the road at the time either. Might be a mistake to ridicule these Chinese bikes too loudly -- they may well be making the R1s and Gixxers of the next generation.

Of course, we can't take them too seriously as long as they make obsolete V-Twins. When they come out with their inline 4, then I'll start to take notice!


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