I have been in China for the last five months. BCsportbikes bans Chinese IP's, and I haven't bothered to try to get around it, so I haven't been posting.
Anyways, I have been riding in China. The rules of the road are a little different in China and bikes over 125 cc are pretty rare.
The first bike I had was a Suzuki GZ150. Basically a little 150 cc cruiser. Sold that to buy a well used Honda Rebel 250. A Honda Rebel 250 is about the biggest bike available in China and it's definitely faster than most cars and bikes on the road. It died on me, so I need to get another bike.
I have found a place that has a very limited selection of grey market Japanese bikes, mainly imported to Hong Kong then to China.
I have a choice of 3 sportbikes.
Choice 1 is a Honda Bros 400. Vtwin, 33 hp, 400 cc.
Choice 2 is a Honda Jade 250. Inline 4, 40 hp, 250 cc.
Choice 3 is a Honda VTZ 250. Vtwin, 40 hp, 250 cc.
A VTZ is an incredibly rare bike, only sold in Japan for less than 2 years. Has a more powerful version of the VTR250 engine.
I am sure that many of you will be saying "why don't you just get a GSXR1000? Well, they are pretty rare in China, technically totally illegal and with the roads and traffic conditions they are rather serious overkill. In China motorcycles are not allowed on freeways, in most major cities and there are many other restrictions. Mainly motorcycles are used by the peasant class to get around and restrictions on them prevent the poorer people from moving around too much. My mighty 18 hp Rebel was pretty quick by Chinese standards.
Anyways, if anyone has any input or experience with these bikes, chime in.