By Chase Hadden
Made in China
Ever dreamed of riding a Panigale V4 with 1/5th the horsepower and half the displacement? Do you want to trick people into thinking you own a $25,000 bike – when really it cost less than half? Quartz.com said it best themselves, “Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it”. China has a knack for making dubiously similar products to ones you can find in the west, at a fraction of the price. Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Moxiao’s new 500RR is no different. They borrowed the name from Honda, and the entire motorcycle’s design from Ducati. Amazing. The Moxaio 500RR Ducati clone is a sight to behold.
The Ducati Panigale is probably the most recognizable superbike on earth. Even if you don’t know much about motorcycles if you cruise the magazine aisle on your frequent grocery trips you’ve probably seen it a few times without even realizing it. The Panigale V4 is undisputably the gold standard of performance and styling… So why not completely duplicate it? If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.
Moxiao’s 500RR is so similar to the Panigale in its styling you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if it zoomed past you in traffic. Okay, fine… If you had your music blasting in your car then you really couldn’t tell the difference. Unfortunately, the 500RR’s 47 horsepower parallel-twin engine doesn’t quite make the same ear-shattering scream that you would find coming from the Panigale’s 200+ horsepower V4.
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