Yuan 125-23: I guess you only get what you pay for.
Hi there, and sorry for not getting back sooner,
Had no option but to take a stressful ride to the garage on Tuesday; it was very reluctant to start, but I persevered because I didn't want to wait a week for them to pick it up.
I'm sceptical as to whether they truly found out what was wrong with it, but they billed me for 'tracing and rectifying running faults'; only time will tell if they've sorted it out. You only seem to find out just how little the warranty and breakdown covers once you actually bought it and have started to have problems.
Their diagnosis was that the fuel inlet filters were too tight and that not enough fuel was getting through to the engine so that's why it was cutting out. They also said that they replaced the oil, the fuel filter, and cleaned/reset the carb (not quite sure what that was about). Also they put in a new NGK plug cap. They were happy with the idle speed, which now sits at just over 2000 rpm. Thankfully, it was a quick turnaround and I havent had problems with them getting parts (yet).
It is definitely running better now, but now that you mentioned it, I do remember that when I took it for the 1000 mile service - back in December - it was making one hell of a noise. I was getting some seriously strange looks from people expecting to see a teenager with an XR2, and found out at the garage that the exhaust had become completely detached from the engine. Apparently, that's down to the Chinese using inappropriate bolts to fit it which eventually become loose, due to the engine vibrating, and fall off.
Also, a small part of the headlight screen is not completely clear, almost white, which doesn't look quite right, and will query that when I go for the next service, or the next time it breaks down, (whichever happens first)!
I haven't had any problems with fuel leaks, but the garage told me that they had heard of/experienced that problem with the earlier Yuan 125-23.
I also remember that one of the caps that fits into the end of the handlebars fell off when I was riding it, but I do think that that was down to the garage not tightening it up sufficiently when they assembled the bike.
I too, didn't have an extra £1,000 to spend to get a new Honda, for example, but what's to say that they too wouldn't have had teething problems as well. I heard from one of my friends that you have to break in any new bike. I have also heard that they (Chinese bikes) depreciate in value quicker than other bikes as well.
Even so, my philosphy now is that so long as it costs (or inconveniences) me less than public transport in London or costs less than a Honda over the first twelve months then I've saved money, and what the hell, it's satisfying riding through the city and just passing all those stationary cars in traffic and it's better than joining the minions/zombies on public transport.