Some examples of Chinese motorcycle design are inspiring. Take this example for instance, maybe it’s just me but this HBMoto “250 Sport Cruiser” looks like it was “inspired” by the Storz XR1200. Just a coincidence I suppose. Of course, no one is going to mistake this 250 for a 1200 but c’mon.
Tom wrote in to point this out and said:
HiBird is one of China’s second tier manufacturers, only building around 800,000 to 1,000,000 bikes a year. If the engine looks familiar, it’s the same design as Yamaha’s old Route 66/Virago 250/V-Star 250 engine, widely built/copied/cloned/pirated by a number of manufacturers in China.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.