Chinese MP3 copies seized at EICMA

Three-wheeler scooter among others seized for being a bit too similar

Posted: 14 November 2011
by Visordown News

Police take the scooter in for questioning

ITALIAN police seized a motorcycle and scooter at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last week.

The Guardia di Finanza seized a three-wheeled scooter from the Yiben stand and another unknown motorcycle at EICMA under grounds of falsification and copyright infringment. The Yiben YB 250 ZKT is a direct copy of the Piaggio MP3, claim those who tipped off the Guardia di Finanza.

Yiben are a subsidiary of Kaitong Industrial, a Chinese manufacturer of over 85 powered two wheelers with a workforce of over 600 and a factory of over 100,000 square-metres. Yiben's products include generators, engines and motorcycles. Their motorcycles are mainly small-capacity scooters but they also make a motorcycle and a handful of maxi-scooters.

According to a statement on Yiben's website: 'our series of motorcycles have earned a good reputation with clients both at home and abroad for their reliable quality, innovative designs, and reasonable prices''.

Last year, we reported on a Chinese copy of a Suzuki Van Van 125 called a Skyteam V-Raptor 125, which cost roughly two-thirds of the Suzuki it was copying. There's progress for you.


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The next big thing and you can't stop it

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 11:17

They will take over, and the Japanese and Italians will not be able to stop it aka The British bike industry LOL

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 18:45

"police seized a motorcycles"

Me likes these!

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 19:26

I like to see the police taking on the big boys at their game. I hope it works out for companies that pay out so much for development. We all like to pay less but this is taking the biscuit...
Vinnychoff

Posted: 15/11/2011 at 13:33

I really don't think that the European and Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have much to worry about just yet. I've had some interesting experiences with Chinese bikes:

As a CBT trainer: 2 identical bikes, speedos didn't work - one whizzed round & round while the other read 78mph when doing 50 (just) on a straight road. Got back to base just before the front mudguard fell off.

Friends: having taken her CBT my friend bought a little Chinese cruiser; really pretty, cherry red, shiney, very like a Rebel. Shame the lights blew or something fell off every time she took it out: number plate and chain guard were particularly interesting. Took her DAS and 6 weeks later was riding a Bulldog.

Our club newby has a brand-spanking new, AJS hard-tailed chop. He carries a bag of mixed nuts, washers, bolts, cables, etc, and although he loves it very much is seriously considering something different when he takes his test.

Until the Chinese can come up with some innovative, quality bikes I really can't see them taking over the world just yet.

Posted: 15/11/2011 at 15:46

Chinese bikes are cheap because the materials and build quality are crap, and the assembly workers graft 10 hours/day 6 days/week for little more than a few bowls of rice and a bucket of weak tea. The dealer network is totally random, anyone can buy a container of bikes off the dockside and flog them from a market stall, or on-line.
My son's new scooter was forever breaking down. The (bicycle)shop it came from changed the fuel tap, carb, ignition unit and several other parts with no improvement (30 mile round trip each time in my Discovery) Eventually I had a look at it myself and found the inlet valve clearance had closed right up holding the valve slightly open, hence once warmed up no compression, no intake vacuum so no mixture and no fuel. The service manual didn't mention valve clearances at all!

Posted: 15/11/2011 at 23:15

all the time somebody buys them... they will make them.
A billion Chinese need cheap transport.

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 05:38

The MP3 sucks anyway, let them make all they want.
It's not a real scooter, but a girly bike.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:48

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