QLINK Responds to Motorcycle.com’s XF200 ReviewFri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0700
QLINK have published a post on their blog to respond to the QLINK XF200 bike review that was published on motorcycle.com. After reading the review, QLINK felt there were some issues that were raised in the article that needed more explanation and clarity.
Hit the jump to read what they had to say.2009 QLINK XF200 Review
Motorcycle.com just released the product review for 2009 QLINK XF200 Supermoto on its website. This product review was setup almost two months ago by motorcycle.com. After reading this review, we would like to respond to some points not revealed in this article.
First of all, we are so grateful that Mr. Brisette and his team made such insightful review on QLINK XF200. QLINK will continue to push XF200 to another higher level based on all comments from this review and readers’ feedback.
A lot of people are still confused about who is QLINK. QLINK actually is established in 1988 in Taipei, Taiwan, and now QLINK has become a multinational group having companies in USA, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Hungary, and China. Technically speaking, QLINK does not produce any vehicles. What QLINK does is to search the best products from different manufacturers to make up its product line. So far none of a single Chinese manufacturer can make all powersports products. Some are specialized in scooter, and some are focusing on off-road bikes. As a result, QLINK has made commitment to becoming a platform providing the best value products from different manufacturers. Yes, you may see same product that QLINK has and someone else has also, but QLINK is rearranging its product line to be all exclusive, such as Megelli series.
So, what is the relationship between QLINK and Jinan Qingqi? Just like what I have mentioned above, Jiana Qingqi is one of QLINK’s manufacturers in China and QLINK has exclusivity to sell XF200 and XP200in USA. QLINK was told by Qingqi that it has joint venture with Suzuli in China to produce engines for Suzuki. In fact, it’s very common for Chinese manufacturers to have some sort of cooperation with foreign companies in China. The major reasons for this kind of cooperation. One is that foreign companies can take advantage of lower labor cost in China for production. Second is that those foreign companies can sell technology to Chinese manufacturers and open Chinese market via those Chinese manufacturers they work with.
Last but not least, QLINK is trying to providethe best value products in the market. In this review, it mentioned about some parts are not highest quality compared with Japanese bikes. However, we need to know our strategy is not to cope with Japanese manufacturers but to fill in the gap that people want more affordable price but still acceptable quality and warranty. Most of QLINK products are at least 30% less than Japanese brands but double length of period for warranty. Moreover, all QLINK street bikes come with one year free roadside assistance. I have to say that it is your business if you decide to pay more, but it is QLINK’s business if you want to pay less!
By Joe Magro
See also: New QLINK Scooters for Fast Coffee Breaks!, Can’t find a QLINK Dealer? QLINK will Ship a Motorcycle to your Front Door!, Top 10 Least Expensive (Cheapest) Scooters of 2009.