Industry Eye: KJM Superbike get six-figure spankin

Lancashire dealer fined for counterfeit goods

Posted: 24 October 2007
by Roger Willis

Lancashire-based KJM Superbikes has taken a major six-figure spanking fromBristol City Council Trading Standards, says Roger Willis.

The consumer watchdog used new financial investigation powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to target KJM after initially investigating an allegation against local dealer Wheeltorque.

One of Wheeltorque's customers had complained a Yamaha Virago bought from that company was in fact a Chinese-built counterfeit. Trading Standards then discovered the fake bike -­ one of a shipment of more than 200 -­ had been imported and supplied by KJM.

Following guilty pleas before Bristol Magistrates Court under the TradeDescriptions Act 1968 and Trade Marks Act 1994, Bristol Crown Court made aconfiscation order of £174,513 against KJM and awarded costs of £25,000 tothe council. The court also imposed a fine of £3000 and required KJM to pay£2000 compensation to the aggrieved punter.

"There are no hiding places or financial gain for sellers of fake goods,"says Bristol's chief Trading Standards rottweiler Robin Whittle. "With our new powers we can recover all the profits made."

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KJM Superbikes are a terrible company,i purchased a new bike from them in 2011 and i've had nothing but trouble with it, they are slow doing the repears and the repairs never last long.the bike has been off the road more than on it in the 14 months that i've owned it and now the company dont even bother to return my calls so it looks like i will have to take legal action against them.Would i buy another bike from them or recommend anyone? not on your liife.They are the company from hell!
Lee from Essex

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 07:27

Ha, they were f**kin horrible damn near 17 years ago, when I purchased my RF900RS2 off them, Bike was broken down every 3 months!!!!!!!!

Never thought they'd last this long!!!!!...........though i DID stuff 'em on my Yamaha part ex!!!

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:06

Is a chinese copy significantly worse than a genuine Yamaha Virago? How bad can it be?

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 16:00

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