Lessee........Is China copying motorcycles in the same way? I envision China is still full of 125cc 2-strokes and scooters, certainly nothing over 350cc.
My employer manufactures both in the US and Asia, and own our own import sourcing subsidiary. And actually, getting knocked off by your own factory is not as much of an issue as you'd guess. Chinese manufacturers exist in multiple tiers. The ones most of the more sophisticated American products are coming out of wouldn't mess around with bootlegging; they're above it and could lose too much business from it. And the lower-tier counterfeiters making the knock-offs are more than able to reverse engineering for themselves. They don't want the hassles and accountability that comes with manufacturing directly for American firms.This should be more of an incentive for American companies to have their mfg goods made in china. Your products come out the front door while the copied products pour out the back door in the millions without a thank you for your design and/or product concept.... Now that's real smart business....
um...triumph thruxton? Ducati sportclassic? or did you mean small bike like the TU250? how about the w650? honda rs750?What I am surprised is that no real bike brand - or semi established like hyosung - don't try to capitalize with this kind of product. Or maybe they have done the math and the clientele really isn't there.
The W650 was actually a look back to Kaw's mid 60s W1...which was produced post purchase of Meguro.My friend Charlie Perethian has a W650. First time he rode up on it thought "what a nice Triumph" It was until closer inspection that I realized it was a Kawasaki. I thought how could they just rip off this design, but it was explained to me that it was an intended tribute to the early Triumph vintage look. Charlie says it's a pretty good bike.