JesseWolfe
JesseWolfe Reader
12/10/19 9:06 a.m.

And I found this this.

 

 

Checks all the boxes for a beginner's bike and scratch my offroad itch between being able to Rallycross next year.

 

1)  sub $2k price

 

2)  fuel injected

 

3)  lightweight

 

4)  knobby tires stock

 

I've read all the reviews, watched numerous YouTube videos on various bikes, this one sticks out to me as needing little to nothing to get going on trails etc.  Why say you?  Any experience with Chinese bikes like this?

 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Dork
12/10/19 9:07 a.m.

No experience, but good price 

ebelements
ebelements Reader
12/10/19 9:48 a.m.

I mean, for that price you could get a DR350 or DR650, and while not EFI, they DO have parts availability and a killer aftermarket.

That said, I'm all for experimentation, go for it! Maybe this thing is a diamond in the rough.

JesseWolfe
JesseWolfe Reader
12/10/19 10:04 a.m.

For more reference  RPS DLX 250 Review.

bluej
bluej UberDork
12/10/19 10:20 a.m.

Link in first post doesn't work.

 

Could order from amazon w/free shipping :p

https://www.amazon.com/X-Pro-Motorcycle-Street-Sunglasses-Handgrip/dp/B07W5RX92L?th=1&psc=1

bluej
bluej UberDork
12/10/19 11:28 a.m.
JesseWolfe
JesseWolfe Reader
12/10/19 11:55 a.m.

In reply to bluej :

 

I'll at least save those links for when my daughter is a little older.  Though I was thinking 4 wheeler over dirt bike.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
12/10/19 1:29 p.m.

The bike in the picture in the first post looks like it uses a Honda clone engine?  If that's the case, engine parts should be easy to get at least, but it may not be the case for the rest of the bike.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
12/10/19 1:32 p.m.

I don't really know about them, but they pop up on CL occasionally for a little over $1k and tend to sit for a LONG time so they seem nearly unsellable.  Maybe get one secondhand and find out?

JesseWolfe
JesseWolfe Reader
12/10/19 1:55 p.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

My understanding it's a Honda CG clone.  Parts availability exists for parts replacement, and some minor upgrades like sprockets. 

Suprf1y
Suprf1y UltimaDork
12/10/19 2:59 p.m.

In my experience getting parts for th Chinese bikes is pretty easy, and they're getting better all the time.

I told my riding buddies about 10 years ago that it's only a matter of time before they're decent and become mainstream and they all thought I was nuts. It's happening.

The TSE250 is getting great reviews from owners

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
12/10/19 5:07 p.m.

In reply to Suprf1y :

Ask the brit bike companies how they felt about Japanese motorcycles about 60 years ago...

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Reader
12/11/19 4:03 p.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:

I don't really know about them, but they pop up on CL occasionally for a little over $1k and tend to sit for a LONG time so they seem nearly unsellable.  Maybe get one secondhand and find out?

The secondary market does not like Chinese/Taiwanese bikes at all.

bluebarchetta
bluebarchetta Reader
12/19/19 2:37 p.m.

Do you know who the actual manufacturer of that bike is?  That looks a lot like the CSC TT250, which is made by Zongshen.  The TT250 is a few hundred more expensive, but they give you a warranty and will overnight parts if you need them, and there are plenty of YouTube videos from guys who have put a few thousand miles on TT250s with only minor problems.  If I were going to take a chance on a Chinabike, it'd probably be a CSC/Zongshen.

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Reader
12/19/19 8:22 p.m.

"CSC: If we have to... overnight parts from China"

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
12/19/19 9:18 p.m.

I've owned a lot of Schwinn bicycles and know them well.  I bought one of the Chinese Lemon Peeler Krates and was surprised how crappy it was.  
 

In my mind these might be the same - cheaper, crappier parts.....hopefully I'm wrong.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin UltimaDork
12/19/19 9:22 p.m.
bluebarchetta said:

there are plenty of YouTube videos from guys who have put a few thousand miles on TT250s with only minor problems

Wow that seems like a really low bar

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
12/21/19 4:01 a.m.
GCrites80s said:

"CSC: If we have to... overnight parts from China"

This thing will decimate balls...after you stick about 10 grand into it. 

Suprf1y
Suprf1y UltimaDork
12/21/19 5:36 p.m.
ShawnG said:

In reply to Suprf1y :

Ask the brit bike companies how they felt about Japanese motorcycles about 60 years ago...

I had this same discussion with my riding buddies the other day, and it's Jap-scrap all over again.

How did that turn out?

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