There we have it, the Made In China revolution has taken another step in to the mainstream of motorcycling with a leap up-market in to the prestigious world of TT racing. Hampshire-based WK Bikes has entered a 650 twin manufactured by Chinese company CF Moto in the Lightweight race, which will take place on the 8th of June.

I find this a very interesting moment as having ridden chinese motorcycles in Beijing, HK, Thailand & Laos in recent years I can say without doubt that they were all completely dreadful. The one I had in Laos had a kick-starter which was so badly positioned that using it meant you also kicked the exhaust off each time having sheared the soft bolts hanging it off the side. The one in Beijing had the indicators wired the wrong way round, though luckily no one paid any attention to them anyway out there. However with their slow move upmarket in to raceable super-sports will the new breed of Chinese bikes do to the Japanese brands what the Japanese did to the British a couple of decades ago? If it means cheaper, better bikes for us all then maybe this is good news! Watch this space...