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 Cheap Mail Order Motorcycles.... Huh?
widerstehe  [Team Member]
11/28/2012 12:21:28 PM
What could go wrong?

Link

Seriously, could make for some cheap transportation. Anyone have any feedback / experience with stuff like this?
Backnblack  [Team Member]
11/28/2012 12:31:45 PM
Shit like that needs to stay off the roads.....mopeds
FRCA_WY  [Member]
11/28/2012 12:51:22 PM
Gee,I wonder where these are manufactured?


I can guess you would get long service life out of any of those fine machines.


The small sport bikes (Ninja style,by their description) look kinda fun, but if I was going to buy a 250cc Ninja,it would say Kawasaki on the tank.
_DR  [Team Member]
11/28/2012 12:59:14 PM
Originally Posted By FRCA_WY:
Gee,I wonder where these are manufactured?


I can guess you would get long service life out of any of those fine machines.


The small sport bikes (Ninja style,by their description) look kinda fun, but if I was going to buy a 250cc Ninja,it would say Kawasaki on the tank.


China and Korea for the most part. They will run for a while until some unavailable part breaks, and then they will be nice conversation pieces in the garage.

The ones I saw at a local shop looked good until you got close and started inspecting things carefully. very lightweight (in a bad way), lots of cast parts, very poor metallurgy.

In short, a lot like most things made in China.
Stasher1  [Member]
11/28/2012 4:25:57 PM
Wow! For those prices, you could buy a used Japanese bike.
AASG  [Member]
11/28/2012 9:40:13 PM
Those prices are not cheap for what they are. I saw a video of a guy riding one of those choppers, the seat is about knee high, NOT A FULL SIZE BIKE! These are like kids bikes. Not worth it. A lot of these chinese bikes don't have epa stickers either, so it is upto the buyer to get it registered with DMV.
BP03  [Member]
11/28/2012 10:28:14 PM
Originally Posted By Stasher1:
Wow! For those prices, you could buy a used Japanese bike.


Or If I was really really really strapped and just had to have a newer streetbike Id even go with a Hyosung before these

But like he said too ^ They aren't cheap for what they are...Besides what they physically are, you could get a slightly used Japanese 250cc for about the same price...Except have access to spare parts...and a dealer network...........and reliability, lol
Stasher1  [Member]
11/28/2012 10:37:47 PM
Originally Posted By BP03:
Originally Posted By Stasher1:
Wow! For those prices, you could buy a used Japanese bike.


Or If I was really really really strapped and just had to have a newer streetbike Id even go with a Hyosung before these

But like he said too ^ They aren't cheap for what they are...Besides what they physically are, you could get a slightly used Japanese 250cc for about the same price...Except have access to spare parts...and a dealer network...........and reliability, lol



There are tons and tons of 70's and 80's Japanese bikes out there with less than 30k miles on them that can be bought and "refreshed" for what they're asking for those little turds, and they're actually capable of highway travel.

BP03  [Member]
11/28/2012 10:40:15 PM
Yeah, a CB750 would be cheaper, more reliable, and probably quicker too, lol
fxntime  [Team Member]
11/28/2012 10:52:34 PM
So, for about what their 250CC V twin "Chopper" costs "on sale", I bought a 2006 V Star 1100 with 6K miles on it two years ago. Yeah, their deal doesn't sound so great now.

I'd also imagine that you probably would have to add a couple hundred bucks to their cost for "shipping, handling, and assembly."
Stasher1  [Member]
11/28/2012 11:11:16 PM
Originally Posted By BP03:
Yeah, a CB750 would be cheaper, more reliable, and probably quicker too, lol


Not to mention 1000x classier. There's nothing quite like the sound of a properly tuned SOHC CB750.

keroppl  [Team Member]
11/29/2012 1:58:37 AM
If I wanted a small chinese bike, I'd get a Skyteam Ace 125 http://www.bikeexif.com/sky-team-motorcycles

Trollslayer  [Team Member]
11/29/2012 12:18:56 PM
This one appeals to me when I see the thumbnail photo. Probably because of the recent thread on the Indian motorcycle restoration. But when I look at the large image of the bike,... ugh!



BP03  [Member]
11/29/2012 1:32:52 PM
Originally Posted By keroppl:
If I wanted a small chinese bike, I'd get a Skyteam Ace 125 http://www.bikeexif.com/sky-team-motorcycles

http://i.imgur.com/C43C4.jpg


That looks nice...I think I'd go with something from Johnny Pag....A local dealer took one in on a trade in, it actually looks pretty nice.

But MSRP is 5,199..........NOOOO thanks for that price
Ops  [Team Member]
11/29/2012 7:48:25 PM
I paid about as much for an 01 Vstar 650 with windshield and bags as they want for the 250cc V twin. Which one is gonna last longer, and which has parts availablility?

More Chinese junk.

Ops
jdabreeze  [Member]
11/30/2012 2:03:15 PM
Originally Posted By Trollslayer:
This one appeals to me when I see the thumbnail photo. Probably because of the recent thread on the Indian motorcycle restoration. But when I look at the large image of the bike,... ugh!



http://www.scooterdepot.us/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/330x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/c/mc_d250rtb_3.jpg


Was at a rally over the summer and the wife of one of the quys was riding one. She loved it, low center of gravity, low seat, light. Claimed it would keep up at 70 mph. But his was from here cleveland cycle works
mylt1  [Team Member]
11/30/2012 5:38:00 PM
Originally Posted By BP03:
Originally Posted By Stasher1:
Wow! For those prices, you could buy a used Japanese bike.


Or If I was really really really strapped and just had to have a newer streetbike Id even go with a Hyosung before these

But like he said too ^ They aren't cheap for what they are...Besides what they physically are, you could get a slightly used Japanese 250cc for about the same price...Except have access to spare parts...and a dealer network...........and reliability, lol


they make a fine bike now that they have switched from cabs to injection. i still want a GT650, one day i will get one. the wife needs a new ride before that though.
Infallible  [Team Member]
12/1/2012 11:07:49 AM
this is the way Honda used to be. I ordered my first Cr250 years ago this way. It showed up in a crate, I put it together in the living room, and rode it all over Taiwan.
all4bao  [Team Member]
12/1/2012 2:23:36 PM
Originally Posted By Infallible:
this is the way Honda used to be. I ordered my first Cr250 years ago this way. It showed up in a crate, I put it together in the living room, and rode it all over Taiwan.


what do you have to do in order to put it together? how much work is necessary?
Bizarro  [Team Member]
12/1/2012 2:46:02 PM
Klee  [Team Member]
12/2/2012 5:28:12 PM


DAMN!
jdabreeze  [Member]
12/3/2012 1:45:29 AM
Originally Posted By jdabreeze:
Originally Posted By Trollslayer:
This one appeals to me when I see the thumbnail photo. Probably because of the recent thread on the Indian motorcycle restoration. But when I look at the large image of the bike,... ugh!



http://www.scooterdepot.us/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/330x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/c/mc_d250rtb_3.jpg


Was at a rally over the summer and the wife of one of the quys was riding one. She loved it, low center of gravity, low seat, light. Claimed it would keep up at 70 mph. But his was from here cleveland cycle works

Found this tonight
cyclewerks test ride
GreenZ  [Member]
12/3/2012 7:29:41 PM
Stay away. I've purchased used jap bikes for way less than that. All the users above got it right; there are no replacement parts, and they are of very poor build quality. A shop i worked for built one for a customer. It was out for a few weeks and then parked in the back lot under a tarp. I never found out what was wrong with it, nor did I ask. It was scrap metal with a gas tank and tires.
Balista  [Team Member]
12/3/2012 7:43:38 PM
Originally Posted By Backnblack:
Shit like that needs to stay off the roads.....mopeds


They are everywhere on the roads in VA.

You don't need a license, insurance, nor registration.

So all the Skel DWI douchebags and suspended license crowd drives them.

Saw a whole obese family puttering up a hill at 25MPH in 55 MPH zone blocking both lanes of traffic.
Win_88  [Team Member]
12/15/2012 1:04:16 AM








CommonwealthKid  [Member]
12/15/2012 2:56:05 AM
URAL now makes a solo bike: sT The AK-47 of motorcycles.
Modded: HammerHead
bloodsport2885  [Team Member]
12/15/2012 3:07:05 AM
Sweet, all the power of a fat cyclist in spandex but with the legal protection of a real motor vehicle.
RyJones  [Team Member]
12/15/2012 3:19:42 AM
Originally Posted By CommonwealthKid:
URAL now makes a solo bike: sT The AK-47 of motorcycles.


Someone rode one to the Boomershoot and wrote it up.