Jialing JH600 Worth the Ride?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by WhiteLightnin, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. WhiteLightnin

    WhiteLightnin GOSB

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  2. Green427

    Green427 Comfortably Dumb

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    It looks good, I will admit that.

    I will have to see one in person. All the Chinese bikes look good on paper. Buying a Chinese motorcycle is like buying a Detroit car back in the '80's. You end up with either a great bike or a piece of shit.

    I can't access the site, but if the price is much less than the mainstream, then it is worth looking into.

    Also, the single rotor on the front wheel concerns me....it looks a tad small.
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  3. WhiteLightnin

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    The Jialing site has been changed and now works. Click on the Name Listing to get the design details.
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  4. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    I have great hope for the Chinese bike (and auto) industries.

    This bike looks suspiciously like a Suzuki Freewind (XF650, manufactured 1997-1999):
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    ...which is a good thing, because the Freewind (and its Honda and Yamaha contemporaries, the NX650 Dominator and XTZ660 Tenere) were great bikes that would sell faster than twinkies at a stoner convention were they on sale today with modern suspension and fuel injection, if only the Japs could keep the prices down.
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  5. Night Ryder

    Night Ryder Been here awhile

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    No hindrance but conquer?
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    prowler1 Been here awhile

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    China's motorcycle companies biggest issue and the one that will keep them out of the US market in any quantities until fixed is the quality aspect of their bikes. Every one I've seen up 'til now look good from a distance, but are pretty cheaply made with very brittle yet flimsy plastics and metal parts. First time the bike falls over, and you've got a broken bike that you can't find replacement parts for. If they can get the quality of assembly and their O.E. parts up to Japan type parts specs and availability, they'll be on their way to competing with everyone else for motorcycle sales. They are certainly capable of doing this. I wouldn't hesitate buying a Chinese dirt/street bike if the quality was better. (not necessarily for me, but would make a great starter bike for the kid.....) They'd still have to be significantly cheaper than Japanese bikes for a few years until they've proven they're reliable for the long term.
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  7. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Indeed. heck, the USA is a Colony of China. they own more T-bills and USD than the FED :oscar
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  8. franki

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    You are absolutely right about the Chinese made motorcycles in general. To keep you up-to-date, I have been looking for a replacement bike for my JH600 (which still runs well) and have gone throught several 250cc enduro models made by various Chinese factories. I am surprised at the improvement of quality these days. I think they are catching up fast and will be a force to recogn with in the next few years.:1drink
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    Hi,

    Since I have wrote many RR about China on my JH600, plus made my comments known on another China Bike forum, I won't waste any more time here repeating myself. Check my ride reports and go to this forum for bike comments: http://www.mychinamoto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191

    Hope you will find what you need.

    Cheers,

    Franki
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  10. raider

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    The thing about China, of course, is that they can make any level of quality you're prepared to pay for.

    Airbus, for example, are currently certifying carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) fuselage barrels for the A350. These will eventually be built in China, as are a number of structural components for the A380 and the entire aircraft in the case of a number of smaller regional jets made by Bombardier and Mitsubishi.

    This is all really high-end stuff: the only other place in the world equipped to manufacture CFRP parts to this scale is Europe, and they can't possibly compete on price nor production volume.

    If China wanted to, it could make its bikes better. But what we're seeing here is Chinese domestic market bikes, offered internationally. What the Chinese domestic market wants, presumably, is cheap-cheap-cheap.
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    If the average Chinese worker or farmer is making US$100-150 per month. How much can they pay for a motorcycle? If the international market wants better quality bikes from China, they can pay more to get them?:D
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  12. Texas Aggie

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    Several of us expats living around China have these bikes and like them. Mine is one month old and doing fine. Lots of improvements made and documented at www.mychinamoto.com
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    china's first step should be us built websites for the english parts.
    the engrish turns people off real fast.
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    Say what??
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    He's implying that China outsource some labor- to the US.

    Poorly translated ad copy makes the products seem cheaper than they perhaps might be.

    On to the subject-

    When I buy Chinese tools, they often break. In fact, cheap tools you have to replace often seems to be the culture these days, as opposed to something quality you can rebuild. No longer interested in that philosophy in regards to everyday items, much less a motorcycle ridden at speed. I think this will change only when a particular name brand and accountability develops- much in the way Honda stepped up.

    The potential irony, though, is that China will finally have quality levels high enough to meet our interest and expectations right about the time no one here is left working.
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  16. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Single motor, single disk............

    Looks good. Maybe a little tweaking here and there and they might have a winner.
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    for that matter i've heard great things on the whole about the hyosung brand. Guy i know is a mechanic for a dealer for'em here in michigan, he said they have very few problems not related to the riders.
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  19. Evil Invader

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    I don´t know.... there is something with these Chinese bikes that makes them look... sheap... Don´t get me wrong, I like the fact that the Japs and Eu manufuckers get some competition, but as long as they look... tiny and 80´ish, they not gonna end up in my orderbook.

    If they get proper suspension, better tank solutions (weight down LOW not high UP) and some better lookin fairings, then absolutley, give me. :deal :freaky

    ( I´m ridin a KTM 660 Rally, so guess what I´m compare with... :wink: )
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