The Qianjiang QJ250- A Chinese Clone of the Yamaha Virago

So, I’m still on the hunt for a motorcycle here in Beijing, and I came across this seller of new and used bikes. The new bikes don’t really get bigger than 150cc or 200cc but they find some bigger second hand bikes as well. They did have a Honda CB400 but it got sold. This other bike they have is a Chinese brand, Qianjiang which is now owned by Lifan, I’m going to be taking a look at it this weekend and see how it runs but they did send me some pictures: Not too bad looking I think, and for a good price too, 5300 Renminbi (about USD$800, negotiable) for the second hand and 10,2000 RMB (USD$1,540) new. I wanted to do some research and see what people said about the bike. On one forum, I read about people completely slamming any China made bike saying you could forget about
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Motorcycle buying tips in China

I thought I’d share some tips from my experience of looking for a used motorcycle in China. My friend Karl and I decided a bit over a month ago that we wanted to try and find some motorcycles second hand that we could take to travel around china once classes were over. As I mentioned in my previous post, almost all you see around China are bikes at the very most of 250cc, usually smaller. The reason we found for this is apparently because during the period of the Tianamen Square incident, students used motorcycles to send messages to each other, and as a result the bigger ones were banned. So any motorcycles you see above this are illegal and have fake plates. However, we found that the cops will rarely if ever stop you, and, as a foreigner, if they do, you just pretend not to know any Chinese
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