China has overtaken Japan as the largest producer of motorcycles in the world. Some 50 million motorcycles are produced worldwide, and China now produces at least 27.5 million of that figure or a little more than 50% of total world production.
Attracted by China’s huge market, some American companies like Harley Davidson are moving ahead with plans to produce motorcycles in China.
The city of Chongqing has become China’s motorcycle production center, with more than 10 million motorcycles a year coming out of this city alone. In fact, four of five of the largest Chinese motorcycle brands that produce over 1 million units a year come out of this city. China has more than 130 motorcycle brands.
WhizzBangPop reports that the biggest issues for China are to produce higher horsepower and more powerful and modern motorcycles, because much of Chinese production has revolved around simple one-cylinder air-cooled models.