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Loncin Racing – The first factory racing team from China competing at the MotoGP. Here Tomoyoshi Koyama makes the most of the 125cc bike.

The most important motorcycle companies that you’ve never heard of.

Now that China has overtaken Japan to be the world’s largest producer of motorcycles, we decided to profile the top ten Chinese motorcycle manufactures. Featuring a line-up of motorcycles almost exclusively under 250cc, here they are, the most important motorcycle companies that you’ve never heard of:



Loncin LX250-7 JEDI

Loncin produces motorcycles, motorcycle engines, universal gasoline engine, ATV all-terrain vehicles, parts and components. The company operates production, distribution and marketing facilities in Chongqing, Zhejiang and Guangdong. It has annual production capacity of 2,500,000 motorcycles, 3,000,000 motorcycle engines, and All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) production capacity of 150,000. For motorcycles, motorcycle engines, universal gasoline engines the company is in the top ranks of the forefront of production and sales, exports for three consecutive years, ranking first industry-wide.

Loncin LX150-30 SPITZER

Loncin JL250GY ROVER



Lifan LF250-19

Lifan was founded by Yin Mingshan, a convicted dissident, in 1992 as a motorcycle repair shop (Chongqing Hongda Auto Fittings Research Centre) with a staff of nine. Becoming the fifth-largest Chinese motorcycle maker in only seventeen years, the company was renamed Lifan Industry Group in 1997.

2006 saw commencement of automobile production after the 2003 acquisition of Chongqing Special Purpose Use Vehicle Manufacturing Co Ltd. Yunan Dali Junma Automotive Company, a commercial-truck maker, was another acquisition target.

Update – Jul 2011

The Italian supermotorcycle manufacturer, MV Agusta , has signed an agreement to enter the Chinese motorcycle market.

MV Agusta, partnered with Lifan Group, signed the agreement at the EICMA China Motorcycle Show. MV Agusta motorcycle will grace the presence of the dealer’s showrooms at the end of 2011. They hope to reach sales efficiency (read profitability) by 2013.

Lifan LF150-13H



Zongshen ZS150k

Zongshen was founded in 1992 and now consists of 52 wholly owned or part owned subsidiary companies. The Zongshen group has over 18,000 employees, and the total assets or worth over 4 billion Yuan. It is one of the five largest motorcycle manufacturers in China.

Based in Chongqing, China, it has a yearly output of over 1,000,000 motorcycles.

They are presently in partnerships with Harley Davidson and Piaggio.

Zongshen ZS150-6[V]




QianJiang motor is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in Asia. Founded in 1985, today it is one of the largest manufacturers of 2-wheeled vehicles in China. QJ is a state holding enterprise, with 5 domestic subsidiaries, 10 branches, 1 overseas subsidiary and over 10,000 employees.

Their product range includes motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from 50cc to 1,130cc under the Qjiang, Benelli, Generic and Keeway brands. The present production capacity is 1.5 million 2-wheeled vehicles and 2 million engines per year. Over 22% products are exported to 136 countries all over the world. QJ also operates ATV, mini dirt bikes, garden tools, vacuum pump etc. Today, QJ products are available on every continent except Antarctica.

European design, Japanese quality with Chinese cost is QJ management motto. QJ built 2 R&D centers in Europe and China, cooperating with professional and experienced experts from Italy, Austria, Japan, Germany and France etc. QJ is the only Chinese motorcycle company worldwide to produce high-speed racing motorcycles and touring motorcycles. Every year, QJ develops and launches new products to fulfill customers distinct desires.


QJ Cruiser 250



Luojia Highland was established jointly by Luoyang Northern Enterprises Group Co., Ltd. and Nya Sweden Highland Motors AB in April, 2005.

Luoyang Northern Enterprises Group Co., Ltd. is a large arsenal group founded in late 1960s. As one of the first 19 pilot motorcycle enterprises nationwide, it started to produce “Luojia” brand series motorcycles at the end of 1983. In 1992, Luoyang Northern Enterprises Group Co., Ltd. and Thailand Charoen Pokphand Group have founded a joint venture company “Luoyang Northern Ek Chor Motorcycle Co., Ltd.” to produce “Dayang” brand series motorcycles. Advertised by the slogan “yesterday’s Luojia, today’s Dayang”, “Dayang” motorcycles rapidly opened up the market and became well-known brand. The Nya Sweden Highland Motors AB is a R&D company focus on research and develop motorcycles. It maintains its leading place in the world in the fields of fuel injection, multi-valve, water-cooled application, light weight, etc.




For thirty years, the motor vehicle industry of Jincheng has gradually developed to be the backbone enterprise in the Chinese motorcycle industry through extensive joint venture cooperation with enterprises at home and abroad, from technology introduction to joint development to independent innovation. It was the first company to export the manufacturing technology to foreign countries; building the first Chinese motorcycle joint venture in South America; the first to jointly research and develop high-end products with European enterprises in the same industry; the first to establish cooperation relationship with European enterprises.

We couldn’t resist including the following quote from their corporate website:

The vastness of the sky lies in its width, and the vastness of the people lies in their bosom. When the vastness of the people is merged with that of the sky, the sky will turn more expansive and the bosom of the people will turn more extensive.





Dayun develops, produces and markets motorcycles and engines. Guangzhou Dayun Motorcycle can develop products tailored to outside market’s needs. Currently their catalog has more than 40 models and 200 types of motorcycles and engines. They supply to buyers in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America and Africa. They operate a 400,000-square-meter factory staffed by 2,000 personnel and equipped with four motorcycle assembly lines, two engine production lines, two motorcycle packing lines and five paint spraying lines. They can guarantee an annual output of more than 700,000 motorcycles and 500,000 engines.





Chongqing Jianshe Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is a joint venture founded in 1992 between Yamaha Motor Co. and the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government.

They manufacture complete Yamaha-brand motorcycles independently, and use their own sales routes for product sales and after-sales service.





China Jialing Industrial Co., Ltd. (Group)(here after “China Jialing”) is a state-owned listed company, whose holding company is China South Industry Corporation. China Jialing’s leading products are motorcycles and its engines, plastic and aspherical high-tech optical lens, components of general machinery and etc. There are more than 10,000 employees, and China Jialing’s asset is over than 50 billion.

China Jialing were established in 1875,and carried out “Turn military production into civilian” to develop and produce civilian motorcycles in 1979. So Jialing is the founder and leader of Chinese motorcycle industry.
The products are exported to more than 90 countries and regions.
Jialing has the capacity of producing 2 million motorcycles annually




With a present production capacity of 3 million engines and 3 million motorcycles per year, the Grand River Group (parent company of Haojue) is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in China.

The Company was established in January, 1992, as the largest partner and export base of Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) in China. Haojue and Suzuki motorcycles, manufactured following the most advanced international technical standards, are well recognized for its quality. The products are welcome in China and are currently exported to more than 70 countries, including Japan.


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19 Responses

  1. Matt

    06/18/2011, 09:06 pm

    Wow, some of those Chinese cruisers (wrrrrretch!).

    They’ll find their way eventually and the standards are fine looking.

  2. Mashiba

    07/29/2011, 09:22 pm

    @Matt: yep, those standards have a lot of potential, that Jialing JH125-5C, with a classy paint job and a couple of bucks put into it would look very cool indeed. With the price of fuel approaching ridiculous levels here in old Europe, I’m looking for a chinese standard to customize myself (just looking at what Cleveland CycleWerks has achieved gives me hope)! I got sick waiting for the return of the XT350, DR350, SR500, etc., in the West.

  3. Simon

    09/17/2011, 09:12 pm

    I am not sure about 7 of the listed 10 brands being important; however, Lifan, Zongshen, and Loncin are well discussed on several US forums. Several rebranded bikes are in the US made by these companies, or at least their engines are used. In fact, some BMW’s engines are OEM’d by Loncin (I am sure they wouldn’t want you to know that, LOL) One brand notably missing? Qingqi (pronounced Chin-chee) They OEM Suzuki’s 250cc and under engines, and their rebranded Qlink XF/XP200 enduros are well-known in the US, and these enduros are in fact rebranded around the world under multiple names, although using 125cc (Suzuki-engineered as well)engines.

  4. Salisu Usman Zuru

    03/26/2012, 01:58 pm

    I need contact emails/addresses of all the Top Ten Motorcycle Manufacturers.
    We in the National Assembly Abuja, Nigeria are interested in buying large quantities for distribution in our various constituencies.
    Thank you.

  5. Frank

    05/16/2012, 08:06 am

    You don’t like Ch. bikes because you are a redneck who rides a PIG FAT BOY on “chrome”. U.S has 0 mass produced sport bikes. A Harley isn’t a sports bike, billy, it’s a a PIG like driving a truck and the rest like riding 18 wheeler’s. Get your facts.

  6. Shane

    07/08/2012, 11:55 am

    I need yo know who in China manufactures the 250cc three wheel chopper trike .Its got a Harley look with a box at the back. Some call it the Road Warrior. Please email info to:
    Thanking You

  7. Thomas

    04/08/2013, 04:11 pm

    Hi there,
    I’ve got a kind of request to anyone here who could help me out where I could get some body parts for Zennco Lynx50. Any ideas where is the manufacturer of this scooter? Who and how to contact to further order them? Thank in advance for kind and prompt respond.

    • Ken zhou

      06/21/2013, 02:41 am

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  8. Tait Dalrymple

    06/06/2013, 09:09 am

    So many requests for further information here on on the above Chinese Motorbike factories. many of the the factories already have contracted sole distributors in many countries, so you would need to find out that first if you are able to import the products, I live in Wenling where QIANJIANG have there factory so I have already made an inquiry about the New Zealand and Australian markets and the above was the case. If anyone wants some help finding out further information from the above factories let me know and Ill see what I can do, send me an email with what you want to know.


    06/29/2013, 07:38 pm

    They last over five years on road and are durable motorcycles.

  10. J. Scott

    07/22/2013, 04:39 am


    Can anyone tell me if Zongshen is still in business. I have tried contacting them on the numerous numbers and emails listed on their website but I have not been able to reach them.

    I notice that they are no longer listed on

    If they are still in business does anyone have a contact email or telephone number of someone who deals with sales and can speak English.


  11. Bukman Dawuda

    02/18/2014, 07:17 am

    From Ghana and would like to do motor bussiness with email me the we talk more.

  12. Ananda

    04/13/2014, 04:58 pm

    awesome advice. I live in Thailand,efbbbf and its pterty hot here all year round. Rather stupidly I ride around with jeans on and no boots. heavy leather gear, while safer, just isnt practical. Can anyone suggest any jackets, gloves etc that would offer some decent protection but not make me melt in them?

  13. Gourav

    04/15/2014, 02:30 pm

    WOAH! Sounds to me like you’re looking to inurse a crotch rocket !!Back up, re-group and reconsider buying a cruiser. Your age and riding experience (ON THE ROAD) count a lot also.A good rule of thumb is to remember this: the closer you have to get to the horizontal position to ride the bike, the HIGHER your premiums will be! So, the closer you come to an upright riding position, the LOWER your premiums will be.Yamaha had a program that if you finance LESS than $ 10,000 they were NOT requiring physical damage insurance. YOU are STILL responsible for the damage (AND the loan value) if something happens to the bike. You are actually self insuring which is the CHEAPEST way to go, but, not always the most economical!Look around for an independent agent in your area that specializes in bike insurance. In FL, look for the Specialty Insurance Agents logo and you should be able to find someone to help! There are several companies that specialize in or have competitive M/C insurance rates Progressive, Dairyland, AIG, Foremost, American Modern Home, GMAC (in some States) just to name a few. The is also an internet provider that is something like BIKELINE (sp?) Good luck, ride RESPONSIBLY and I hope this helps!

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    04/14/2014, 01:32 am

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  16. Aline

    08/01/2014, 06:55 am

    idlebrain January 29, 2013 selling like hot cakes? yeah, in your dream .Don’t get me wrong I don’t have any feeilng against Chinese cars. No matter what country it’s from they’ll have to prove themselves before it s being sold like a hot cake.I also disagree that EU market will be harder to conquer because of it’s economic condition. If economic is good, people will go for more expensive car rather than economic one. If Qoros can offer a decent car with a decent value, it will attract more people who are plan to cut their expense due to the bad economic.Just look at Hyundai/kia who made a record sales in Europe last year while its market itself was shrinking.


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