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Ross Murray

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Best of the lower end
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:25:40 PM »
Without opening a can of worms...

If one had 8-10k to spend on an entry level scoot, which seems to point towards the Chinese models (would love to have the SYM Fiddle...but not at this point in time)

The brands seem to be Jonway, Big Boy, Motomia, Gomoto, Puzey.

There seems to be an abundance of these around apart from Puzey which I assume is due to them being newer in the market. But does it indicate people are happier with them and willing to hold onto them?

The burning question is which of these is likely to last me a few years of short distance commuting without falling apart?


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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 02:43:55 PM »
Keeping in mind any answers you will get are merely personal opinion - I would hold out for a second hand Japanese or Taiwanese.
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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 02:53:30 PM »
Without opening a can of worms...

If one had 8-10k to spend on an entry level scoot, which seems to point towards the Chinese models (would love to have the SYM Fiddle...but not at this point in time)

The brands seem to be Jonway, Big Boy, Motomia, Gomoto, Puzey.

There seems to be an abundance of these around apart from Puzey which I assume is due to them being newer in the market. But does it indicate people are happier with them and willing to hold onto them?

The burning question is which of these is likely to last me a few years of short distance commuting without falling apart?
They are all pretty much birds of the same feather.
I'd probably go with Puzey but it also depends on after sales support, ie service and spares.


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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 03:06:32 PM »
Happy with personal opinions - the more the better actually, will help to make an informed decision.

I am in CPT, lots of after sales/service options around.

The Taiwanese/Japanese units tend to hold their value much more than the Chinese counterparts, hence the availability of more budget friendly options seems like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 04:40:11 PM »
I think if it has to be Chinese, then Bigboy as they are still in business and have spares, and repair facilities.

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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 08:54:21 PM »
I'd honestly neglect the badge and go for looks and comfort. The Chinese mainly have interchangeable mechanical spares, thus the only major issue would be body parts for certain MotoMias for example. I've been riding my Java for 4 years now, the bike is 6 years old (2012 reg), and the only body part needing modification is the headlight cluster (plastic which overtime has cracked and no cable tie or putty will hold together).

I'd suggest you look at a 170cc with that budget in mind.
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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 08:28:37 AM »
I'd honestly neglect the badge and go for looks and comfort. The Chinese mainly have interchangeable mechanical spares, thus the only major issue would be body parts for certain MotoMias for example. I've been riding my Java for 4 years now, the bike is 6 years old (2012 reg), and the only body part needing modification is the headlight cluster (plastic which overtime has cracked and no cable tie or putty will hold together).

I'd suggest you look at a 170cc with that budget in mind.
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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 08:04:19 PM »
I have the big boy rct 170 and apart from a broken diaphragm in the carburettor I've had 5000 trouble free Kms and 2 years of service and it shows no sign of slowing down. Excellent scooter!


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Re: Best of the lower end
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 04:22:52 PM »
Keeping in mind any answers you will get are merely personal opinion - I would hold out for a second hand Japanese or Taiwanese.
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