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Sean Kerr replies to some of the bullsh** and some of the good comments about Chinese motorcycles on social media


This month for our segment on social media comments the remarks featured are from a YouTube video entitled “Chinese Motorcycle One Year On” which is posted by user rickylittle. This short video features the user discussing his thoughts on his Chinese motorcycle after one year of ownership and everyday usage. He makes several interesting points including the storage method he uses – it sits outside in all weather and is not covered, the comfort of the bike compared to some others he has experienced and the quality of the finish which has remained looking good after a whole year of braving poor UK weather.

As usual these comments are quoted verbatim and the only editing done is added punctuation and corrected grammar to make it easier to read where necessary, because for some reason the internet turns the English skills of a lot of users into that of a 5 year old child.

First up the start of what is, surprisingly, a positive set of comments:

“Looked at the Sinnis bikes and I think they’re very good, same with LEXMOTO, they improve year by year.”

Commenter Graham Calvert remarks on the improvement of Chinese bikes over the years as the technology improves and the reputation of Chinese bikes being useless fades into the past. With the global success of Chinese motorcycles as functional products the big names on the scene have reinvested large chunks of their profits into development and improved designs preferring to move away from the complete copies of Japanese models and constructing their own bikes from the ground up.

Graham Calvert also had this to say:

“Didn’t Japanese bikes have same said about them in the 70’s?”

Absolutely they did, as I’m always eager to point out to the naysayers. Well before the 70’s, in fact, Japanese bikes were getting shunned by those who were used to European and American machines. Despite the Japanese manufacturers success on the track it took decades for people to come around to the idea of owning and enjoying a “Jap” bike.

These days the flagship models from any of the Japanese manufactures are used as benchmarks which set the standard for global production.

Next up, OverlyAnxiousBiker, explains his thoughts on why a Chinese bike might benefit those on a tight budget.

“I think Chinese bikes have their uses. For instance, I’m currently riding a brand new Sinnis that cost less than a £1000.”

Sinnis in the UK have a great reputation for selling quality bikes, so good in fact that not all their customers realise that they are buying a Chinese motorcycle. A brand new ride for £1000 ($1430) is hard to find outside of the China made options. The cost for a Honda of equal spec would certainly be twice that cost from a dealership.

Finally Trumpton on Youtube commented “I bought a Chinese street bike 125 off the internet last January (2015) and things are already starting to go wrong with it and I can’t get any parts, also I don’t know who made the bike. Chinese bikes are just crap!”

Idiot! Firstly, if you decide to buy a motorcycle from an internet shop you are not going to get the after-market service that you need. You also won’t get the chance to test ride it and feel the quality. I also want to make the point that if you search the internet for one of the thousands of websites that offers Chinese motorcycle parts you will most certainly get the part you need. If you don’t know who the actual manufacturer of the bike is (because it’s rebranded) then use the C2W service ‘who made my bike’. It’s a search engine that you simply enter your vin number into and voila! It will tell you the OEM of you beloved motorcycle.

More next month!

June 2, 2016