Chinese manufacturing companies are known to replicate toys and various other products. Recently, they have blatantly started copying designs of popular vehicles. This time around a Chinese two-wheeler manufacturer has cloned Yamaha's YZF-R3 motorcycle.
Yamaha R3's clone is called the XGJAO XGJ350 and is developed by Chongqing XGjao Motorcycle Manufacture Co. The manufacturer has previously replicated other popular two-wheelers as well. Prior to the R3 clone, it had launched its interpretation of the KTM 200 Duke called XGJ200.
The YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc inline two-cylinder engine. XGJ350, on the other hand, gets a bigger 350cc engine, however, specifications have not been shared so far. Surprisingly the R3 clone sports four exhaust outlets, we cannot confirm though if it is an inline four-cylinder engine.
In terms of design, both the Yamaha YZF-R3 and the XGJAO XGJ350 cannot be differentiated. Right from the front headlight to the side fairing to the tail section is similar on both models. The only differentiator is the exhaust system on these motorcycles.
Do not worry the XGJAO XGJ350 is not coming to Indian shores and will only be sold in the Chinese market. If the Yamaha YZF-R3 clone is launched in any other country it would face copyright issues. We do not recommend buying any copied item, stick to original for best results.