Well rats. If true, and it looks like it is, this is a new low for Japanese manufacturers. Building an entire motorcycle in China. How long will it be before all Japanese motorcycles are built in China? Most already use Chinese parts.
Many Kymco scooters, a Taiwanese brand, are built in China, and are of excellent quality. But they are built in Kymco factories, and quality control is overseen by Kymco. Probably the same would be true for Suzuki, but Suzuki is not Kymco. My first street bike was a Suzuki GT380 back in 1975. I see an all Chinese built Suzuki almost the same as an all Chinese built Harley or BMW. I have not written it off yet, but it does not look well. I do like the appearance of the bike, it is a breath of fresh air compared to the plastic covered Ninja and CBR. I am so sick of crotch rockets. But made in China is not acceptable.