The Chinese have a bit of a reputation of being a bit less than original. You can buy fake Rayban glasses, fake Louis Vuitton jacket and sip coffee from a fake Starbucks (the coffee may still be real). But all of this is only skimming the top layer because this copying from major brands deal goes much deeper to things as big as cars and motorcycles. Here we've gotten together a short list of some bikes that were copied by Chinese manufacturers:
Jida JD250S-9: We all recognise this design, don't we? Reminds of the nippy street motorcycles from an Austrian brand called KTM, dun' it? With looks from the previous generation Duke series, this motorcycle is powered by a 224cc single and produces (brace for it!) 16 bhp. It is quite noticeably a copy and won't go like the real deal either. Another peculiar thing on its website – 'Any regular colours are available', whatever that means.
Leike Thunderer: Not sure if this went into production but the brand did go on with the patenting of this design, which is hmmmm let me think a BMW S1000RR. BMW don't seem to be bothered by this patent either, well because this one is tiny and has a tiny engine with tiny power figures and looks like a scale model.
Yayama R6: Do write to us if you don't find the name amusing and if you look closely another badge that has a tagline which says 'Producde by sport'. The body is actually not all that bad, but underneath there's a 150cc air-cooled single and the frame isn't exactly the highest quality (or any at all). They still chose to call it R6, what was wrong with 15!
Wonjan WJ150R and WJ250R: This Chinese brand has thought a little out of the box. It has only taken several design cues from the Honda CBR250R and not all. The slight differences are the tank and seat, but the overall package has the CBR250R in it.
Jida JD250: The second entrant from Jida on this list, this one's doesn't look so bad but screams of Yamaha R1 and some R125. Besides dodgy-looking bits like the mirrors, this motorcycle could fool one you into thinking it is a Yamaha, but then if you look at the details, the cat will ride out of the bag.
Wonjan WJ150-18: The second Wonjan on this list, this one is rather done well and will be mistaken for the real one. Most in India will recognise this being close to Honda Navi, but it looks a bit different than Navi because it takes after Honda MSX125 'Grom'. The Grom was spied testing in India this September, so we may have it in our market soon.
Wonjan WJ300 Space Ranger: Seems like Wonjan has a vast business in China. This is the firm's take on Ducati Panigale 1098/1198. Fancy a 300cc single powered Chinese motorcycle with Ducati clothes on? Well, this won't pass as the real even for a second, especially with the 'Super Bike' sticker on the side. It could though, if you're standing 800 metres away from it.
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