Chinese-Made Motorcycles and Strategic Partnerships
Chinese motorcycle manufacturers are making significant advancements in power and technology, thanks to strategic partnerships with European brands. CFMoto, for example, has openly incorporated KTM technology into their recently launched 800cc middleweight motorcycles.
Another major player in the industry is QJ Motor, one of the largest Chinese motorcycle manufacturers in the world. With abundant resources at their disposal, QJ Motor has been working closely with MV Agusta, signaling exciting developments in the near future.
QJ Motor is set to surprise performance enthusiasts with the upcoming production of the SRK1000RR, a liter-class superbike developed in partnership with MV Agusta. According to a report by MCN, the motorcycle is expected to debut before the end of 2023 and enter production in early 2024.
The partnership between QJ Motor and MV Agusta has been ongoing for some time. QJ Motor was contracted to co-develop MV's Lucky Explorer, available in two versions. Additionally, there have been rumors of Benelli, another company under the Qianjiang group, producing a four-cylinder sportbike powered by an MV Agusta engine.
The styling of the SRK1000RR draws inspiration from MV Agusta's machinery, particularly the Brutale 1000. The rear single-sided swingarm suggests the presence of advanced technological features derived from the Italian manufacturer. The bike's trellis frame and aluminum subframe can also be seen beneath the fairings.
While the SRK1000RR may not match the performance of the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 or Japanese liter-bikes, it still offers impressive power. Powered by a 921cc four-cylinder engine showcased in the 921 S concept, the SRK1000RR will deliver 127 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 70 pound-feet of torque at 8,100 rpm.