Japanese Motorcycles Are in Big Trouble

Apparently, motorcycle riders in Egypt really love Chinese motorcycles. The Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese-based news service, reports that...

Apparently, motorcycle riders in Egypt really love Chinese motorcycles.

The Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese-based news service, reports that two-wheeled vehicles are not only cheaper than their Japanese counterparts, but Egyptians really love 'em...
"I have two motorcycles: one is a China-made Dayun 150cc which I bought one year ago at the cost of 3,000 Egyptian pounds (about 550 U.S. dollars), and the other is a Japan-made Honda 400cc which I bought three years ago at the cost of 27,000 pounds (about 4,800 dollars). The Chinese one is cost-efficient and its quality is also good," Ahmed, a 30-year-old Egyptian, said Sunday evening at a bike and motorcycle components and retail store along a street at Cournish Maadi district in South Cairo.

The smiling Ahmed cannot help showing his satisfaction at the Chinese motorcycle, patting the motorcycle seat and pointing to the Chinese brand of a company in China's southern city of Guangzhou.

"Sometimes, I drive out with my wife, who sits on the backseat of the motorcycle. It's really nice. I like it," Ahmed said with a flavor of pride.
The report goes on to say that China's motorcycle exports to Egypt reached 83.3 million dollars in 2006, while the largest Egyptian agent company for Chinese motorcycles has sold more than 100,000 motorcycles since it began operations in 2004.

Read the rest of the article to learn just how bad the lovefest is between Egypt and China...
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/20/content_7113525.htm

Well it looks like Japanese motorcycle makers are losing the Egyptian market. But that's ok, they still have the US market right?

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