Buying a Chinese Motorcycle: Jincheng 250cc

Jincheng 250ccI’ll write a little bit more on the whole process I went through for getting a motorcycle for helping out those of you who may be interested in buying a motorcycle in China yourselves, but in the meantime I just wanted to make the announcement and introduce my new bike. It’s certainly no H-D Dyna Wide Glide, but I think it’ll do just fine. I bought it at a price of CNY 9000 after finding it on a sort of Chinese equivalent of E-bay or Craigslist called

It’s 250cc from a Chinese company called 金城 or Jincheng (a direct translation would be Golden City). It’s relatively new, only about a year old, and it looks like it’s held up. Two of the biggest factors for me were that all the signals worked as well as the breaks (a problem I encountered with a bike I had previously looked at). Another big thing was that the seller was providing me with all the paperwork, registration with the police, proof of ownership, etc. Something that gives me huge piece of mind if ever anything were to happen. And finally it came with what looks to be a legitimate 京B license plate (some more piece of mind even if I would be able to get away with not having it for a while). Some other nice features is that it came with lots of storage space in terms of hard cases and also an alarm! The only thing left to do now is get my Chinese driver’s license.

Just for fun, here’s the original Chinese posting for the bike:




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