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Steve Farrell  says:

New Loncin uses BMW G650GS engine

A road bike using the same engine as BMW's G650GS has been unveiled at the Chinese motorcycle show. Chinese firm Loncin, which makes the single-cylinder 650 engine for BMW under licence, is using it to power its new CR9 naked roadster. It comes with the same 47bhp power output as the BMW and costs just over £5,000. But because of the firm's...

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Oct 05

Posts: 133

romford4 says:


"why buy some ChingChong branded bike for £5K when you can get a ChingChong made but Honda branded NC700S for £5300."

True, no competition there, but when you're talking almost £3000 for a Suzuki DR125SM versus £1500 for a Pulse Adrenalin then it becomes hard to ignore if you just want a cheap commuter, particularly when things like engines are often made in the same factory, components like the carb come from manufacturers like Mikuni, and so on.  I used to think Chinese bikes were sh1te as I knew someone with a Baotian scooter that fell to pieces around him, but that was 5 years ago and these days when I speak to someone with one or my local guy that works on them all usually hear very positive things.

If I was 17 again (I wish) and was looking at getting into biking, a Jap 125 at £3000 would turn me right off and I'd probably stick with a bus pass.  If the Chinese bikes at half that price were around back then then I'd be giving it a go.  If teenagers can buy them and have a good experience with them then it's good for the whole industry.

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Apr 04

Posts: 89

sj_edinburgh says:

"why buy some ChingChong branded bike for £5K when you can get a ChingChong made but Honda branded NC700S for £5300."

Good point but the NC700S is made in Japan by Honda. However there a LOTS of other Hondas that are no longer made in Japan, like the CBR250R, CBF1000 and Hornet 600.


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Oct 10

Posts: 186

zoobaz says:

made in China??

so, to all you Beemer owners - this is where your engines are made! ;

'Chinese firm Loncin, which makes the single-cylinder 650 engine for BMW under licence'

I might have mentioned before but I contract for an engineering company in Derby and we make jigs and plant for Triumph to make their engines in Hinkley.

OK, so the Chinese are making some good kit nowadays, but I've done 100K+ miles on my Triumphs without a failure - so really, how good does an engine need to be? Triumph's is good enough I reckon.

I won't be buying a beemer, or a Loncin....



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