Weird Flex: Check Out This Cheap Chinese Concoction of BMW S 1000 RR And Yamaha R1

Modified On Sep 12, 2020 03:56 PM By Praveen M.

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Even the name, Moto S450 RR, is shamefully devoid of originality

  • The Moto S450RR is a Chinese faired bike that’s been launched in Thailand.
  • It is priced at an equivalent of Rs 1.57 lakh.
  • Powered by a 450cc parallel-twin motor churning out a paltry 24.3PS and 22Nm.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but certain Chinese brands push the limits with copies of vehicles from well-known brands. Case in point: this Moto S450 RR, a Chinese supersport that has been recently launched in Thailand. It seems like the company lacks any form of originality. Even its logo and the name of the motorcycle are crystal clear reflections of the legendary German track tamer, the BMW S 1000 RR.

Oh, and a closer look at the headlamp reveals the design has been lifted straight off the Yamaha R1. Even the rear section is reminiscent of the Kawasaki Ninja 300. And of course, there’s the brazenly similar livery to top it all. The bike’s all-LED lighting system is complemented by a full-colour TFT screen. While it looks sporty on the outside, wait till you hear about the engine specifications.

This motorcycle might get a 450cc parallel-twin motor but it produces just 24.3PS at 6500rpm and 22Nm at 7000rpm. A smaller-engined single-cylinder TVS Apache RR 310 produces a whole 9.7PS and 5.3Nm more!

What’s equally baffling is that the brand has equipped the motorcycle with needlessly sophisticated inverted front fork, rear monoshock, twin front discs with radial calipers, and a disc at the rear. Granted, all these underpinnings make the bike look like the real deal, but it’s overkill for such an anaemic engine.

All said and done, the brand has justified the package by pricing it competitively. At an equivalent of Rs 1.57 lakh, it is just around Rs 9,500 dearer than the India-spec BS6 Yamaha R15 Version 3.0. Do voice your opinions in the comments below.

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