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Best of the Chinese Scooter
« on: October 17, 2019, 01:18:13 PM »
Gomoto

Bigboy

Jonway

Motomia

Vuka

Best in terms of spares, repairs and reliability.


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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 01:27:36 PM »
Jonway. Average Shyte.

The rest are utter shyte.

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 01:33:45 PM »
The little experience I had with Sym was not bad, although it's a) Taiwanese and not Chinese and b) on a pricing scale where one can shelf out not too much more for a Japanese brand.

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 02:32:57 PM »
The little experience I had with Sym was not bad, although it's a) Taiwanese and not Chinese and b) on a pricing scale where one can shelf out not too much more for a Japanese brand.

Sym is imported & backed by KMSA Distributors who also import & back Kawasaki.

I've had many dealing with them in the days when they were also the importers for Aprilia, Triumph & Moto-Guzzi & have only ever had excellent service from them.

However Sym is significantly more expensive than any of the Chinese makes the OP listed. It will also outlast all of them together!  :point:
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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 03:09:24 PM »
I will check out Sym.

There is always the Japanese brands if all else fails.

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2019, 05:52:20 PM »
I will check out Sym.

There is always the Japanese brands if all else fails.

A 2nd hand jap bike could be good .

Not a scooter , but probably better brakes , handling and shocks than a scooter ( safer ) https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/mbombela-nelspruit/honda-cbr-125-repsol/1006005711020912473472609

I just looked at bikes between 10 + 30k and in Mpumalanga .

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2019, 06:16:03 PM »
This would be for very short distances so the idea is not to have to bother with gears and clutches.
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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2019, 07:39:59 PM »
All junk you need one of these.


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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2019, 07:42:59 PM »
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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2019, 07:46:37 PM »
SYM is sold by Fire It Up in Fourways/Kawasaki. Great scooters and plenty of performance upgrades possible.
Then, look at a Honda PCX 125/150. Fantastic bikes. Auto stop/start. Excellent quality.
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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2019, 09:04:21 PM »
Are the current Vespa's still up to scratch? Have seen a few around town and they still look the part. No idea where they are manufactured though.

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2019, 09:49:27 PM »
Are the current Vespa's still up to scratch? Have seen a few around town and they still look the part. No idea where they are manufactured though.


There's a beautiful 40 year old 1979 Vespa Primavera going in the Western Cape now . Unfortunately a bit far from Mpumalanga or Delmas , where chrisflex is : https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/tableview/1979-vespa-primavera/1006106961920910995791009

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2019, 01:39:04 AM »
Are the current Vespa's still up to scratch? Have seen a few around town and they still look the part. No idea where they are manufactured though.

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Made in Italy. Same factory that makes Piaggio, Derbi, Gilera, Aprilia & Moto-Guzzi (All owned by Piaggio).

Vespa is a good make, last forever, but in the context of South Africa are insanely expensive. Made for folk who will ride them until they die & then hand them down in the family for the next generation to use.

Our roads & larger distances (as opposed to village/town life) together with inconsiderate car drivers who almost always speed mean frustration builds quickly. I've never known anyone who's owned a scooter of any type for longer than they absolutely had to.

Loads of 2nd hand ones to choose from too.

Sprint 150 with 250km's - R50k at Fire it Up, Smiths has a 2007 250 for R65k with 1000km on the clock.
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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2019, 06:50:19 AM »
There's a beautiful 40 year old 1979 Vespa Primavera going in the Western Cape now . Unfortunately a bit far from Mpumalanga or Delmas , where chrisflex is : https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/tableview/1979-vespa-primavera/1006106961920910995791009



This actually looks like a fantastic deal.

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Re: Best of the Chinese Scooter
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2019, 11:43:17 AM »
The Vespa is beautiful

You donít see many Lambretta scooters around

I remember a time a Johannesburg when if you stopped at a traffic light there would be an assortment of scooters and CD200ís on all sides waiting for the lights to change.


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