While they’re not very visible in North America, Chinese motorcycles are still slowly conquering the world. Except now, they’re not necessarily made in China.
Taking a page from Indian manufacturer Hero’s playbook (who recently announced they were starting a satellite factory in Africa), Chinese manufacturer Shineray has announced they plan to start building motorcycles in Brazil this March. They’ve invested a significant amount of money in a factory they reckon can crank out 150,000 bikes a year in the South American factory.
First and foremost, this is probably an attempt to circumnavigate Brazil’s notorious motorcycle import taxes. However, it opens other interesting possibilities; if new motorcycle factories are opened in the Americas, it’s possible that new interesting import options could open up. Could designed-in-China, manufactured-in-South-America motorcycles one day come into Canada? In today’s global market, anything is possible.