gtd2000 Posted February 2, 2013 Share Posted February 2, 2013 I'm currently pondering buying myself a small capacity Trail or Enduro bike for a bit of pottering around over here in the USA. The likely candidate at the moment is a Suzuki DR 200 SE. As far as I'm concerned it's basically an over-bored 125cc motorcycle and this got me looking at other bikes on offer from China which are also based on the same 200cc Suzuki engine. Now what I'm wondering about it how do the modern Chinese bike compares to say the (then) current offering from the Japanese back in the early 1980's? Case(s) in point. Back in 1983 I bought this motorcycle, a Suzuki GP100 (example image below): Vehicle enquiryThe enquiry is complete.The vehicle details for YKS 25W are:Date of Liability 01 09 1985 Date of First Registration 01 08 1980 Year of Manufacture 1980 Cylinder Capacity (cc) 98cc CO2 Emissions Not Available Fuel Type PETROL Export Marker N Vehicle Status Unlicensed Vehicle Colour BLUE Vehicle Type Approval Not Available It didn''t last very long at all - a mere 5 years on the roads... My previous bike - a Yamaha FS1E (example image below): Date of Liability 01 12 1982 Date of First Registration 24 11 1975 Year of Manufacture 1975 Cylinder Capacity (cc) 49cc CO2 Emissions Not Available Fuel Type PETROL Export Marker N Vehicle Status Unlicensed Vehicle Colour BROWN Vehicle Type Approval Not Available Only managed 7 years on the road. You see a fair number of cheap Chinese bikes for sale for not a lot of money and I do understand that they are not the best built bikes by a reasonable margin. Going back to my early years on two wheels the Japanese bikes were really not that wonderful either. My FS1E had to have the entire rear mudguard replaced to to rust at only 6 years of age. The GP100 had constant rust issues due to the low grade paintwork to the mudguards and frame. Engine mounts also required to be welded due to some sort of stress fracturing. I'm probably starting to haver on a bit but are the Chinese bikes of today worse or better built than the Japanese fare of the 1970's or early 1980's? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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