Moxiao is a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer that has models that can be had for cheap. We’re guessing it’s probably because not a lot of money goes into the brand’s design team. As you can clearly see from the cover photo, here’s a rip-off of the venerable Ducati Streetfighter V4. A living legend in the naked bike segment at the moment, it’s safe to assume that Moxiao is just as big a fan as we are of the Italian brand’s offerings.
A while back, Moxiao delivered yet another Ducati clone, cloning the Panigale series with their own spin on it. These two motorcycles from Moxiao look like they were manufactured in the uncanny valley.
The bikes in question are the new Moxiao MX 500 and the Moxiao 500RR. The 500RR has been in the market for some time now, but if the initial backlash wasn’t enough, the brand is back once again to rip off yet another modern Ducati marvel. Everyone knows that the Streetfighter’s V4 engine is a gem that’s lifted straight from the Panigale series, but Moxiao put an engine that isn’t even half as capable as Ducati’s motor which is pretty disappointing, to say the least.
Unlike the Ducatis, the Moxiao range is motivated by a 471cc parallel-twin with a 180-degree firing order which comes from another Chinese brand, Loncin. If that displacement looks familiar, it’s because the motor is largely based on the Honda CBR500RR’s and CB500X’s 471cc parallel-twin.
This certainly isn’t the first time that we’ve seen knock-off motorcycles from China, but it’s certainly not a representation of the current state of brands in the market. That being said, other brands like CFMOTO and Benelli have proven time and time again that the country can deliver world-class motorcycles that can seriously compete with more established players in the industry.