After looking for my next bike (a125 cc) I stumbeled across various nackered old yams and Hondas, but in the end after all they where 20 years old and asking cose to £800. So after a year of owning a Chinese 50cc that I love to bits, I have decided to go for another Chinese bike the lexmoto arrrow, after all it comes with a 2 year warrenty from a dealer I know and trust and let's face it for under a grand for a brand spanking new machine, why buy used? I know a lot you you guys on hear will hate the things, but I have to say Chinese bike have won a place in my heart!
I love Chinese bikes
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Sounds ok,more so with a dealer you know.
Warranties vary from dealer to dealer,
some are parts only warranty for 12 months (you pay labour),
some you have to pay for.
My disdain was more for the shameless rip-offs that come out of chinese factories like, "Hongdu", "Hongda", "Haoda", etc.
However if it was me I'd still go for a used, known Japanese brand. At re-sale time there'd be less of a painful hit than selling off the used lexmoto.
That said, health to enjoy your new bike, (when you get it)
doors nephew had one of them shaun. It sat behind our bins for a fortnight, knackered, and he reckoned he'd had nowt but bother. Must say I thought it looked well tidy. And you can get a bad bike made by anyone. Each to their own
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i know a couple of colleagues who bought chinese 125 to commute on... and both despaired at the way they fell apart and failed mechanically!!!
me personally wouldnt touch them.. would rather take the option of an older jap 125..
Son had a kinroad 125 cc it should have been called a F*kin-road. I can fix most basic problems but this one just kept on falling apart not so much mechanically but electrically. Every join every junction, every fixture would just fall apart. The joints in the loom were so bad we rewired a large section just to have the next section die. Very frustrating. One drop of water and the thing would short-out and stop dead and this was on so called off road bike!
The only thing I'd suggest is find an owner of the bike you intend to buy an crawl all over the bike looking at the workmanship.
Don't believe the dealers they are all aware of the issue with these bikes I think the cops and Trading Standards should be involved- how can you sell and vehicle that could easily pack up on a busy road - just plain dangerous.
'WHO CARES WE NEVER WIN...........'
Good luck with your new bike and hopefully it won't fall apart. In todays throw away society I can understand people buying something adequate that's new and has a waranty. There is however a large number of people that have been biten by chinese bikes falling apart/ breaking down frequently over time and I wouldn't consider parting with cash for one. Second hand retail value is also somewhat low.
You wouldn't be in the pay of chinese bike manufacturers are you??
As an aside I bought a good condition 2nd hand CBR600F for £800 a few years ago and have put 38,000miles on it with routine maintenance. Can't see a 12 year old chinese bike being as reliable.
Luck of the draw with Chinese bikes. I've known people who've had the 34 with egg frieed rice, which were ok, but others that had the 69 and had loads of sh*t from them.
with my kids, dont waste your money. They are cheap to buy with attractive warranties. They are serious shite.
Don't touch with a barge pole
Getting sh*t off of a 69?
Good luck !,,,
Their fookin shiote
Chinese bike owner
Have had my lexmoto arizona since october,
done over 2500km, only problem so far has been faulty kick stand kill switch( had to be disconnected). Arizonas are meant to be better made for the higher price tag, was looking at arrow and vixen at first. Good luck whatever you choose, and take care of your chrome
Have you owned it from new? If so did the waranty not cover it?
To be honest the price tag speaks volumes. Like anything you buy, some things are built to last others are designed to be thrown away at the first signs of failure.
Its your choice at the end of the day, but your the one sat on the thing doing 60 mph with an HGV up your backside and for my money I would rather be sat on something that has been built well, even if it is second hand.
A really good secondhand Honda CBF 125 can be bought for £1300 - £1400, it maybe a bit more money but personally I would rather save up the extra few hundred.
Everyone is different though, so best of luck with the new bike.
It is not a crime to like Chinese Machines , you are still a valued Member of the increasingly persecuted Powered Two Wheeler Community . The machines are ok if looked after , like any machine . The Motard designs are sought after secondhand , as my Son found out when he sold his Superbyke RMR 125 and upgraded to a Honda Hornet . Several Forum Members have gone for the Zontes models and the Importers of Superbyke , Sinnis , AJS , Lexmoto and Pulse are reputable .
Enjoy your purchase .
Honestly i think your rushing into it because uve got the
money to buy a bike and u want what you can get for the money you already have,
for instance you could get this for £600 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yamaha-SR125-125cc-Learner-Legal-/300839626557?pt=UK_Motorcycles&hash=item460b70673d
What I'm sure would be more reliable and allot faster,
and you wouldn't need to rebuild it every week, although it might not be there
type of bike you're looking for, but just seriously think about what you buy, everyone
else on here I'm sure has made mistakes and are just warning you trust me breaking down in the rain isn't fun..
The new Jap named 125's now built in India? I don't think the quality is as good on newer small bikes regardless of manufacturer.
Oh, a sensible post. Not had anything to drink (yet) before posting.
Even though many Jap bikes are now made in India and even Triumphs made in Thailand they are still built to a high standard with strict quality control and management. The workforce is not left to their own devices. Company management will dictate the quality of the product that is produced.
If the company management decide to make cheap bikes using cheap materials then that is what will be produced. Likewise if a high end product is required then again thats what will leave the factory floor.
Jap manufactuers have a reputation to keep and they wont risk it. Look what happened to Toyota when they used inferior brake components recently to cut cost. Product recalls are a companies biggest nightmare not only to reputation but also to revenues.
I beg to differ. Anyone remember the Yam RD350 built in Brazil? Fact is, you're still getting Chines/Indian et al foundries/castings locally sourced components etc.
Look at your brand named clothes made abroad, the qualities pants.
BMW have had quality problems effecting reliability with many of their components sourced from India/China.
Cost is king (for the shareholders) but we're getting poorer quality goods. (and loss of jobs).
Indai has a 150% import tax hence Triumph building there to get round it, China only imports what it needs or wants to copy to then flood our markets with poor quality tat.
Thanks for the advice guys
I'm off to look at the lexmoto tomorrow, as I said I have owned a Pulse scooter for a year and only do under 2000 miles a year anyway so the lexmoto for me is a good deal. I look after my scooter very well, get treated to a service at the recommended intervals and a good wash and polish all round at leat once a week (even more some times) after all with a 2 year parts and labour warrenty I'm confident especially as its from a dealer I know and trust. After all yes you do get what you pay for but if you look after it well then it will last, if you rag the sh*t out of the thing every where you go then no it's not goin to last, but for town comuting and the odd duel carriage way trip out with my mates to York it's going to be a good bike for me.