Loncin motorcycles for sale in the Philippines
Loncin is a Chinese brand of motorcycle and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) owned by Loncin Holdings Ltd. which is based in Chongqing, China. The company’s motoring arm, the Longxin Motorcycle Industry, is best known for producing motorcycle engines and universal gasoline engines that are exported abroad.
Loncin Holdings started in 1983 after China’s reformation program took place. Ten years later, it produced its first motorcycle engine under the Chongqing Transportation Machinery Plant. It then signed a Sino-US joint venture and founded the Chongqing Loncin Gasoline Manufacturing Company, which specializes in motorcycle engine production.
Motorcycle models and price range
Loncin has a wide variety of motorcycles that include cubs, sportbikes, scooters and business-purpose motorbikes. Some of its popular models are the Loncin LX, Loncin Sauron and Loncin Triton.
While there is no specific price list of Lincoln motorcycles currently available in the Philippines, most Chinese made motorcycles are at least 30 percent cheaper than the Japanese brands. A Carmudi listing from a private dealer, for example, is selling a second hand 2005 Loncin Venus 100 for P10,000.
Ventures with other motorcycle companies
In 2012, it was reported that Loncin would use the same engine as BMW’s C650GS to power its new road bike the Loncin CR9 naked roadster. The engine is said to produce 47 horsepower, and has an initial cost of 5,000 British pounds.
The Chinese motorcycle market
Half a decade ago, more than 95 percent of the Philippine motorcycle market was controlled by the Japanese brands- Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki. In recent years, however, large imports of motorcycles from China have significantly increased.
These motorcycles from China, and also Taiwan, are cheaper by P10,000 to P20,000, compared to Japanese made motorcycles. Today, Chinese brand bikes account for 30 to 45 percent of the country’s motoring industry.
A group called the Chamber of Assemblers and Manufacturers of Motorcycle of the Philippines (CHAMMP), composed mainly of Chinese motorbike producers, has been established. Some of the motorcycle brands under this group are Sinski, Motorstar and Sang Yang Motors (SYM).