Although the bike has a different powerplant, its aesthetics and design seem to be completely ripped off from BMW S1000RR
Chinese automotive manufacturers have been guilty of plagiarism in the past as far as design is concerned. With many violations and facing various lawsuits across the globe, it looks like they haven’t learned their lesson and wish to continue with the same trend.
Similar design but different powertrain
In what seems to be a blatant copy of one of the most popular litre-class sportbike, Chinese auto company Moto has recently revealed its sub-500cc fully-faired motorcycle- S450RR. The new bike seems to be a near replica of the iconic BMW S1000R. With a similar design of the fairing, headlight cluster, colour scheme, body graphics and even the logo sported similar to the German manufacturer, it seems as if the designing team of Moto was running short of visions.
Surprising part though is that the makers aren’t even trying to conceal the fact that it’s a copy. As with most Chinese automotive brands, there is not much information available about the Moto S450RR. However, we can share whatever little we know. The 2020 Moto S450RR is powered by a 450cc, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine that exhibits around 24 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.
Dynamics and Features
Hardware of the bike consists of an upside down USD front fork and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. Anchoring duties are carried out by dual discs at front wheels and a single disc at rear wheels complemented by dual-channel ABS.
In terms of features, it gets a TFT instrument panel, LED headlamps and tail lamps, clip-on handlebars and a stepped-up seat. The carbon fibre laced sport exhaust pipe also reminds us of the S1000RR. The integrated rearview mirrors, however, look more inspired by Yamaha R1.
However, the big difference between the Chinese copycat and the German motorcycle is the price tag. The Moto S450RR has been priced at 50 million Vietnamese Dong which roughly translates to INR 1.60 lakh. This is way cheaper than the nearly INR 20 lakh S1000RR. Even a replica of one of the most iconic sports bike at this price is sure to find buyers. However, it will not be long till BMW Motorrad takes notice of this bike and plans some action against the makers.
BMW G 310 Twins
In other news, BMW is gearing up for the launch of the updated G 310 twins– G 310 R and G 310 GS in India. The bike duo serves as the entry-level motorcycles for BMW Motorrad worldwide and is manufactured locally in TVS Motors facility in Hosur. Apart from the mandatory BS6 emission updates, there will also be some cosmetic changes as well.