Which Chinese bike to buy and where?

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  1. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Which "brand" is most popular with them young-ens these days? I can't find anything Jap thats worth a damn around here. This is for girlfriend to ride on the dirt. :patch

    Roketa is $1300 delivered.. :evil
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  2. welder

    welder Long timer

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    They are all pos. Save your money and be patient and a used Japanes bike will come along and you will be much happier. look for a ttr yamaha or a crf 150 honda or the like.
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  3. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Needs to be street legal :baldy I've been on a hunt for TW200, and there are bunch of them, but none have title. I found a decent NX250. The guy wanted way too much; on top of it being hot wired, and no title.
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  4. welder

    welder Long timer

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    It sounds like a kawasaki super sherpa would be perfect. Be patient and don't give into the Chinese crap.
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    These guys are right,they sell chinese crap bikes/scooters around here.
    They go about a month,then back in the shop waiting for parts,then they break again and are waiting for parts,then they are sold cheap on craigslist.

    Utter waste of plastic.
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  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    :evil
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  7. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Gas Gas Pampera would fit the bill too perhaps??

    My sons friends here with their,albeit pit bikes,made in China,come to me to keep them in fettle...they are indeed without a doubt the biggest POS I ever have the misfortune to throw a spanner at for cycle parts quality, BUT ....having said that none of their engines have blown yet(which they should've considering how they ride them)......

    Go figure...


    :D
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  8. A_Vasiliev

    A_Vasiliev M-ass-ter Craftsman

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    General consensus - Chinese engines aren't bad (Lifan, etc) but the chassis and everything bolted to it is pretty much garbage.

    At least they're improving, though.
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  9. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    http://www.tboltusa.com/store/pitster-pro-xtr-250-enduro-p-1092.html
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    :deal
    East Texas Tyler isn't far.
    http://easttexas.craigslist.org/mcy/1750159250.html
    http://jonesboro.craigslist.org/mcy/1771201214.html
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=u6N&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=site%3Acraigslist.org%2Fmcy+Sherpa&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    BTW didn't Rocketa get in trouble for faking EPA certs?
    If you can find one the SkyTeams are good I got a buddy that use to sell them in Northern Illinois. He never had em come back for warauntee work.
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  10. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    seems like every time I look at them the quality has improved. I have to hand it to them they are improving very fast
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  11. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Do yerself a favor - leave the Chinky stuff well alone.
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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    This is more of a frustration than anything.... There are such sweet deals if you are willing to travel in around ~ 300 mile radius. The best deals so far are Dallas, TX. Something will eventually pop-up locally.
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    good luck. i have a friend who thinks the same way as you. he waits for a good deal locally, so he doesn't have to drive. he has either bought something he later regretted or now is still waiting...

    i find what i want and go get and call the travel for the bike part of the adventure. my friend is still stuck spinning his wheels while i'm out there riding.
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  14. welder

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    "Chinky" is uncalled for. I give the Chinese 10 years. They will be of decent quality then. Not Japanese quality but decent . In 20 yrs. They will be caught up. But so will the prices! I for one will still be buying Japanese bikes. BTW China is already the biggest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. something to think about.
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    A_Vasiliev M-ass-ter Craftsman

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    Quality > quantity.
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  16. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    I'm old enough to remember a discussion like this in the 60's about another country and their motorcycles.:lol3
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  17. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I have a Roketa 250cc scooter since Mar 2008, I've put over 10,000 mi. on it according to the odometer, other than a couple of flat tires and blown main fuses, never left me stranded on the road. Still using the original drive belt, cruises nicely at 50 mph and gets well over 70 mpg.
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  18. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    I agree that the Chinese bikes are behind in quality but I have had good service out of my two. No problems with either for the first year but I'm not hard on my vehicles.
    They are a Pitster Pro 125 (CT70 clone) and a SSR SR125BMW priced at $1100 and $650 delivered. I can put up with a few short comings for the price besides they are just toys to me.
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  19. GWP58

    GWP58 All I Need Is Traction

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    The only time in 40 years of biking ive seen a handle bar snapped of was on a Chinese dirt bike and both sides were snapped off after the rider hit a rut .

    Buy some decent bars
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  20. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    vlad did you check out the links of the sherpas locallyI posted? :ear
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