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Old 12-13-2018, 08:55 AM
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The only Chinese bike I would even consider is one with a Zongshen or possibly Lifan motor. The Zongshen motor is as close to a honda XR50 or CRF50 that you're going to get. Zongshen has Honda's old tooling for that motor. I'm not sure if Lifan acquired any of Honda's tooling. Now that being said, the quality standards are an issue in China. Zongshen is one of the better ones. You'll be able to use Honda replacement parts on the motor. Now, if it's a larger displacement you'll not be able to use things like the head, piston, rod, carb, and so forth.

I understand you don't want to spend a lot of money on a bike to find out if you even like it. Like mentioned above resale is a killer on these. I'd recommend used. Either a Yamaha TTR125 (Mid 2000's for 1000-1500) or Honda XR100, CRF100 (Mid 2000's for 1200-1700), or CRF125f. The positive is if you get yourself a good deal on it you'll be able to sell it for close to what you paid for it. That way you can move up to another bike if you like it or can get out of the sport without losing much.

For me I don't really care for the Chinese pit bikes for several reasons. The welds and metal are inferior to what you'll get with the other bikes. So you have a higher risk of a broken frame or mounting tabs. Next, is the suspensions are really poor. After you ride them for a while they get all clapped out quickly. To me, riding a bike with bad suspension is pure torture. Another reason for me is durability. They look all pretty when you get them but in quick order they'll look rough. This is because the quality of metal, plastic, and aluminum is not that of the other brands. This is because Chinese metal has no standards. For example, small production companies there buy left over steel from larger orders. So they get what they get. It's not like the US where there are standard gages and grades. Plastic and aluminum are the same way. Finally, you'll find that they won't use loctite and anti-seize. So you'll be missing bolts and unable to remove bolts quite often. You'll become quickly irritated as most will be metric that are hard to find without a dealer network like the other brands. What a headache.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:21 AM
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thank you, you have genuinely been the most helpful. i really appreciate all the info i will look into used name brand bikes
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:11 PM
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Default only my opion

In my opinion with the coolsters that I have had, each on has run into electrical issues fairly quickly. Usually the CDI box goes. but if you are looking for an affordable bike to get out started, then both bikes are ok to start with.

I hope this helps you
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by thenamesbrady View Post
thank you, you have genuinely been the most helpful. i really appreciate all the info i will look into used name brand bikes
I'm a little late to this but I think this is the best decision you could make
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:35 PM
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Hi if your looking for parts for those chinese bikes llke to a company called go power sports. G o to u tube look at up videos for cars and cameras they use alot of those parts.
Still your best bet is with the big 4.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:55 AM
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Dude.. never buy a Chinese bike.. you can find a used 2 smoker like a yz85 for example at around $1000. If you maintain it while you have it you will be able to get your money back.. a Chinese bike you’ll never get what you paid for out of it.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:53 PM
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Gusco is right , we live close to each other , we pick up bikes for under 700 - 800 bucks all the time , do a little repair , maintainence , and re sell .. always get your money back , sometimes more .. look around , let us know what you find ....
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:22 PM
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+1 to the used bike market! A 15 year old Japanese bike that has been maintained will be much better than a new Chinese bike. Shoot, I'm still riding a 1988 CR250! I doubt there's a 1988 Chinese ANYTHING that's still going...

I know I'm late to the party... my 2 cents.
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