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lexmoto opinions

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by hornetstinger, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. hornetstinger

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    Considering getting my first motorbike, I'll need to take my cbt again. It's for work 5 X a week.

    What are experienced with Chinese bikes like lexmoto? One biker said they're good another horrid things.

    £1500 isn't a lot of money it's good for to be left outside in a alley, with a cover.

    A scooter may fit inside the house landong but doubt a bigger big will. I don't have a garage.
     
  2. The_Abyss

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    Terrible idea, made doubly worse as winter is coming. It will offer only limitless disappointment balanced only with regret. You will not get in to work 5 x a week if you rely on this.
     
  3. Diddums

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    They've improved a hell of a lot in a very short space of time, so those who say they are crap might be basing their opinion on an experience they had 5 years ago and those who say theyre good could have a more recent model.

    They're not bad, very basic and the materials aren't quite to Jap standard yet but with decent TLC they'll last you for ages.
     
  4. tom_e

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    For £1500 you can get a clean Yamaha or honda 2nd hand, I'd go for that option if I had to choose.
     
  5. hornetstinger

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    So it's not like oppo and svs back in the day you get similar if not better build, superior spec at lower prices?
     
  6. Yaayuh!

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    You can get a low mileage 2 year old CB125 for £1500. Just get a used Honda, they're donkeys.
     
  7. MowyTone

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    I've heard people being happy with chinese bikes, but I still wouldn't risk it. The Jap bikes will hold their value and you could probably sell it to a similar price to what you bought it for. Chinese bikes on the other hand do not retain their value anything like Jap bikes
     
  8. hornetstinger

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    Anyone with real life experience? Lady at supermarket happy with wk scooter. Someone at work put them down even though never owned one rides a Yamaha.

    Open minded but seemed bit brans snobbery to me.
     
  9. MowyTone

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    Not ridden but spoken to 5 or so owners of chinese bikes. 4 of them regretted not getting a Jap bike
     
  10. Diddums

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    Of course it's brand snobbery. Chinese bikes have beem crap for years and most still are, however if you use your melon you can find wheat amongst the chaff. This is literally Jap Bikes 2.0, they went through exactly the same procedure. It's the same with Korean cars. Remember 90s Hyundai? I do. They were absolutely awful. Now they're the 3rd largest manufacturer in the world and come with a 5 year warranty.
     
  11. tom_e

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  12. The_Abyss

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    It is absolutely not brand snobbery but an assessment of their engineering, manufacturing and quality control competence. Show me a Chinese motorbike backed up with a 5 year warranty and evidence that they're good for it, and I'll have a rethink about their capability. That's got **** all to do with brand - it is reputation.
     
  13. hornetstinger

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    Have you owned a Chinese bike
    What happened makers have two or five year warranty.

    What do Yamaha, honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki warranty length
     
  14. The_Abyss

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    Yes.

    I think you’re missing the point being made about a warranty. If a company is offering a long warranty then it is because it has confidence in the quality of their manufacturing and product, i.e. they are confident that it will not frequently be called upon.

    For car manufacturers offering a market leasing warranty has been an excellent way for new manufacturers to break into a market. Hyundai was one example given, another might be Kia.
     
  15. Malt_Vinegar

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    If I was spending £1500 on a commuter, based on my experience, I would go for a Honda.

    If you were like me, and just doing it for a learning/experence, a fully working chinese bike for £500 to plod about on when I felt like it would be fine.

    However, my next bike, having shifted my KSR Code will be a (likely broken) Honda/Yamaha 125 to spend time fixing over the winter and then riding about.
     
  16. Munchies

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    Back in '09 I bought a '06 Honda CBR 125 Repsol for £1,700, ran it for 2 years, put 5k miles on it and sold it for £1,600. Never let me down, never wanted for anything. As the others have said, forget spending £1,500 on a new Chinese bike, and go for a used but good condition Jap 125 for peace of mind. The parts for Honda are pennies, and readily available too.

    To avoid the argument about quality regarding Chinese vs Japanese, you're better off getting a good used Jap 125 when it comes to resale alone. You're unlikely to lose much / anything on a good Jap 125, where as that Chinese bike you buy for £1,500 if you come to sell it 3 - 5 years later, you're probably going to get <£1,000 for it.

    Would you buy a beautiful MV Agusta / Aprillia for commuting? Or would you buy a Jap bike? For peace of mind always Jap for me. Weekend fun is another story.
     
  17. Dogbreath

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    A lot less than £1000. A five year old Chinese 125 will be worth maybe £400-500 if it's in reasonable condition. If it lives outside it'll probably be fit for scrap at that age.
     
  18. Malt_Vinegar

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    I currently have eyes on an MT125 after my Chinese experiences.
    Should be getting it for about £500, only it got squished at the front with bent forks :D
    I am hoping my lessons on fixing up the Chinese bike will set me up well to fix this one.
     
  19. hornetstinger

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    I wouldn't buy a second hand 125 don't know how its been ragged.

    How much would big brand new 125 like these?

    Lexmoto lxr
    Lexmoto zfx-f

    Because I can't afford a new Japanese 125
     
  20. The_Abyss

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    It is a 125 - it will have been ragged. The point people are trying to make is that a Japanese bike is built well enough to be able to take it, and you don't necessarily need a new one.