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Old 10-05-2009, 03:54 AM   #11
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It looks to me the Chinese are changing the rules of the industry. Recently I saw 110cc off-road bike on offer for 349 eur by a supermarket. While 110cc does not sound a lot, to be frank neither does 349 eur. Even I was tempted.

Ultimate disposable motorcycle. Why to bother about insurance, why to bother locking it up? Why to bother about anything. When the rubber is worn junk it.

Some might wonder about the durability of such POS. If it is any measure I saw an article in a technical magazine which took a similarily cheapo-cheapo Chinese moped for a 10,000 km test ride. What happened? It had issues such as mat paint wearing out to crappy looking patchy-shiny, front springs were sagging like 50%, variator belt broke and had to be replaced etc. But it worked and looked like would pretty much keep working.

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:29 AM   #12
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"Why to bother about insurance,"

Because getting caught without it here is a $500 fine.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:25 AM   #13
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The problem to overcome is warranty. If they don't offer a decent warranty with a dealer network to fix bikes and deliver parts the insurance industry won't insure them for comprehensive and collision coverage.
Although rules may differ by state or country, I'm guessing most folks will buy these bikes with cash. If you don't have to take out a 20,000 dollar loan to buy a bike, you're not required to have the same level of coverage.

True the parts supplies for Chinese bikes is not great but it is getting better as some companies make in-roads. It will take some time but it's happening as they slowly figure out how to deal with Western markets - which are NOT their most important market at this time.

Kevin, good job covering the event. I did much the same report at the 2008 CIMTE in ChongQing, at the same expo center. I recognize some of the same girls! The ladies of ChongQing and Sichuan are quite amazing. Hope you had fun!

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Old 10-06-2009, 08:32 AM   #14
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Thanks for the kudos and links, CC! Girls? I was too busy trying to figure out how much horsepower 9 kilowatts was to notice!
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:49 AM   #15
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...figure out how much horsepower 9 kilowatts was ...
And the answer is: 6.7112. Roughly.

Calculators: Horsepower/Kilowatt Conversions
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #16
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"Why to bother about insurance,"

Because getting caught without it here is a $500 fine.
Because in some States you'll be standing along the carriageway as you watch the Towhook trundle-off to Impound with your vehicle?
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:33 PM   #17
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In case you haven't noticed, Part 2 of the story is now live.

http://http://www.motorcycle.com/events/2009-chinese-motorcycle-show-part-2-88820.html

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