Yep, all this stuff re Chinese Scoots is so true: I think that the Poms may regret the flush of Chinese Scoots and the sudden increase of folks buying scoots there could turn to a trickle once they realise what hunks of rubbish they have become lumbered with..
My fave Chinese scoot storiie are these....
1. A guy ON THIS BOARD spoke how he had one of those CF Moto 125 motorbikes. 3 OUT OF 4 of the engine mounting bolts sheared off.Why ?? He did his research: they were the wrong tensile strength. great. great , say, for holding a big bit of Ikea together but totally useless on a machine with high vibrations. He reckoned it was a good bike otherwise. Sorry, too late in my book ...
2.A good friend had a Sachs 125 scoot. He used it safely and kept it well maintained. LOT S of things went wrong so he took it to a repairer for check and repair, asking them to ring him if anything big needed to be done. A few hours later shop rang back to say " your scooter's finished". My mate was pretty amazed at the speed of their work and he asked how much was owed. They replied,"your scooter's finished".
After a bit more talk , it was finally understood what was meant...The scooter was 'finished" as in Kaput, useless, not worth repairing. I won't bore you with the details of bent this, worn out that.
oh, and the thing had done 7 thousand Kms.
3. a guy on this board was saying how some important part , I think it was attached to fuel system ( electronic relay ?? sender unit ??) had gone kaput . scoot was near -new . NO warranty cover although 12 month engine warranty came with the sale ...Seems " engine warranty" pretty well covered engine only ..ie, piston, cylinder, cam etc but NOT any ancillary electronis that make the thing go.
Finally, look at repeat sales......are folks running out to buy another "Chen Zagle" or "zoom" or any othe the many names we saw a few years ago?Meanwhile Sym, Kymco etc...asian but NOT Chinese...continue to win fans and get repeat sales