The Chinese seem immune to international trade laws that bind other countries and their latest blatant ripoff is an electric Honda Goldwing.
We all know the Chinese make cheap copies of well-known brands and many of us probably have a Gucci belt made of plastic in a sweatshop in China.
However, the Chinese have also made a lot of copies of bigger and more expensive products such as cars.
Some of the cars Chinese manufacturers have copied include the Range Rover Evoque, Smart ForTwo, Hummer, Porsche Cayman, Audi A6, Jeep Cherokee, BMW X1, Rolls-Royce Phantom and MINI Cooper.
Some car manufacturers tried to stop them copying their cars, but failed in an obstructive and partisan legal system, so they formed alliances with Chinese companies to make their products for the local market.
Motorcycles have also not been immune to the Chinese copycats and this is not the first time Honda has been copied by the Chinese.
CFMoto’s 650TK is a whole lot like the ST1300 and there was even a Chinese brand called “Hongda” that made Honda lookalikes.
Several manufacturers, including Honda and Yamaha, have tried to fight Chinese manufacturers in the courts over breach of copyright, but it is a long process as there are hundreds of copycat manufacturers.
So, like the car makers, Honda has formed an allegiance with one of the knockoff Chinese companies to make their bikes for the local market.
Now electric vehicle company Jiangsu Xinr has filed this blatant ripoff design for a patent.
Even though it looks exactly like a Goldwing with an internal combustion engine, that engine houses an electric motor and battery.
Jiangsu Xinri was established in 1999 to produce electric scooters, bikes and cars. It exports to Europe, North America, Africa and throughout Asia.