Henry Kissinger and 30 Aprilia Manas

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Marking the 40th anniversary of his historic trip with Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger visited China this weekend. The former secretary of state’s visits to the country have been marked by interesting vehicles. Tricky Dick and he flew aboard a a Chinese airliner on that first visit, the only time a US president has flown on a foreign plane. This weekend, he was escorted by a fleet of 30 Aprilia Mana GTs.

The occasion marked the debut of Chongqing’s new fleet of police bikes. Used to provide close-quarters ceremony and to stop traffic, it seems like the CVT-equipped Mana makes a much better police vehicle than the gargantuan Harleys and BMW touring bikes more typically used in the Western Hemisphere.

The 88-year old Kissinger’s visit was largely ceremonial and centered around dinners and speeches. During one, he recalled, “Mao once joked with me, ‘If you want a Chinese woman, I can give you five million of them.’”

  • jwinter

    That joke’s a bit creepy.

    • Todd

      Even more creepy if you heard Henry Kissinger tell it in his voice.

      • jwinter

        Nooooo doubt.

  • Erok

    Not even people in china drive chinese bikes.

    • Ducky

      They do. Well, they ride Hondas and Yamahas that are built in China. And the 23 million+ electric bikes on the road too.

    • Thom

      The Chinese , at least the upper and upper middle class all aspire to Euro and American ( mostly Buick ) cars and motorcycles : knowing full well the stuff they make is CRAP !

      FYI ; Almost every vehicle sold in China has to be built there ( at least a percentage of it ) regardless of the origin of manufacturer . You don’t sell Vehicles in China otherwise !

      Thats the Chinese idea of Fair Trade . You may now burst out in hysterics

      • x

        You don’t sell vehicles in the US otherwise, either ! (Except that the U.S requirements for foreign manufacturers are well disguised,, cannot be seen as hypocrite ya !) Ha !

  • Sean Smith

    Maybe Honda could do something like this with all those unsold DN-01s they have laying around.

    • noone1569

      Oh that was low. Way low. I lol’d.

      • Sean Smith

        Would you pay $15,599 for one?

        • AJ

          Hell no. I tested one and liked it but I’ve been patiently waiting for the dealers to get desperate and sell them at a loss. It wasn’t awful, but it’s not worth a premium.

  • Gene

    At least they wear decent riding gear. What’s with the “hold on to the car mirrors” thing? And how does the guy on the left do it?

    • jason

      Was wondering the same thing. Cruise control maybe? Maybe they are in neutral and have to hold on for their lives (to save gas of course).

  • Taco

    Tricky Dick was my nickname in high school. Just saying.

  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

    America, we are clearly losing the Police-In-Safety-Gear race. We need to close the Cordura Gap! Don’t let the Reds win!

    • robotribe

      Apparently, we’re also losing the “our-cops-look-more-like-guys-from-Star Wars-and-Starship-Troopers-than-yours-do” race.

      America, you disappoint.

  • dux

    China: We don’t want him back, please keep him. In a bamboo cage. In the jungle.

    • BMW11GS

      This just sounds ignorant