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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China and Motorcycles!

So after a long hiatus, I thought it was time for a new post, particularly with the weather getting so nice. I am currently in Beijing, China studying for a semester and with my beloved Sportster sitting in a garage 10,000 miles away and the weather in Beijing in the high 20’s to low 30’s (celsius), I’m feeling that inevitable itch to get back onto the road more than ever! For whatever reason, it seems as if Rubber on the Road had been blocked for me in China until very recently. What’s even stranger is that my political blogs seemed to get through the Chinese firewalls, but the motorcycle one apparently took a while to gain approval. Either way, I’m back and thought I’d give a little summary of what I’ve seen of the motorcycles in China. Motorcycle in Mandarin is 摩托车, the pinyin is mo2tuo1che1 (pronounced muotuochi). The motorcycle
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