We had originally reported on a trio of Xingyues coming to Canada in our 2009 New Model Buyer’s Guide but the original distribution network came apart and they never made it in any significant numbers.
All that’s changed now with the announcement that Chinese scooter distributor Saga will be distributing the lightweight singles through its dealer network in 2011.
Among the models will be the XY400Y dual sport, XY400GY2 Euro Sport (modelled after larger adventure-touring machines), and the quirky-looking XY400GY.
All will be powered by a 387 cc, liquid-cooled, six-speed single and are built by Chinese manufacturer Xingyue. Maximum claimed output is 29 horsepower.
The dual-sport rolls on semi-knobby tires mounted on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels and features beefier off-road suspension and carries nine litres of fuel.
The Euro Sport and 400GY come with either 16- or 17-inch wheels and carry a commendable 22 litres of fuel (we’d opt for the latter model on looks alone).
Chinese bike buyers have often had to deal with fly-by-night importers who sell bikes without support or a stockpile of spare parts, but Saga Canada general manager Neale Harris assured us that Saga has a healthy supply of spares in stock.
Xingyue’s Canadian website (xingyuecanada.com) even features detailed breakdown diagrams of the bikes, to make repairs and parts purchasing easier. The bikes also come with a two-year warranty.â€¨
A small number of these bikes will be available, with an MSRP of $4,495 for the dual sport, $4,295 for the Euro Sport and $4,195 for the 400GY. Thankfully, these prices are substantially lower than originally reported in the 2009 NMBG and Saga will include a helmet and cycle lock with the purchase too.
Info on these bikes isn’t yet available on the Saga website yet but it’s good if you want to find a dealer near you.