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Anonymous

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New sporty 125 for £2399

Learners looking for sports bike styling on a budget can now get the 125RR from WK Bikes for £2399. Chinese-made it has adjustable shocks and USD forks with twin front discs. It's available in red or white. Would you go for a WK over a more expensive 125 like the Yamaha R125? Let us know below.

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DrWorm

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DrWorm says:

Chinese POS for £2400?!

Title should be "Would anyone in their right mind buy a Chinese POS for £2399"....NO!

If I was looking for a sporty 125 I would spend that money on a 18 month old Yam YZF125 or as mentoined, ignore the plastic sports 125 and get a Honda CBF.  I had one and it never ever faultered and still looked like new after 5000 miles in all weathers. Japan > China.

 

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Ian610

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Ian610 says:

No, but alternatives?

Now I have passed my test and bought a bigger bike, obviously I wouldn't go back to a 125, but I have past experience with chinese 125's. I bought a Lexmoto Street 125 when I was on L's for £999 OTR and it was a fantastic little bike for the money. Ok, the build quality wasn't the best, but that's reflected in the price. That would be the bike I'd choose if I was a learner. Not some small capacity, plastic clad sports bike wannabe.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

£3400

at current exchange rates ($5500) is what an Aprilia RS 125 would cost me.  Seems a much better idea for a 125 class bike.

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marval

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marval says:

chinkywinky

Is WK the first and last letter of a four letter word?

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Toecutter71

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Toecutter71 says:

Chinese or not?

Maybe that price is to high, or really, how much is closest 125 "build" by Any other famous Brand , not under 4000....Especialy would like to heard how brakes work and suspension(because look very good, i do  not know, look can be decisive)But for most 3 to 4 years,(better be prepare) chinese will start to make bikes, which will enough good for every average biker, than all what will rest will be mater of Brand.

P.S

Do many people know that BMW engines (big parts of them)made at  KYMCO metal factory for casting engine blocks, etc on Taiwan? but when somebody pay BMW,  pay for BMW badge not KYMCO badge

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

This..?

..or a sub 5000 mile YZF-R on a 10 plate that's done all it's losing?

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Out-sourcing

@ Toecutter71 – True, but also note that the BMW G-Series motor is now made by Lifan in China (formerly made by Rotax in Austria).

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evilgenius

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evilgenius says:

Cost

So that’s how much it costs to stamp out one of these bikes and make a healthy profit. See how much were being ripped off by all the other bike manufactures.

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daveire

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daveire says:

Is this the start of the death of the japanese and european bike industry. I'd hate to see any of the european bike or car manufacturers go. Thats why we as europeans should support our own bike companies. Losing manufacturing jobs is very bad for a already bad economy. It would effect everyone.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Badge of Marque

@ daveire – The names will stay, but we will see more and more production switched to low wage countries, with only the high-end bikes still made in Japan, Europe, and the US/Canada (n.b., Harley-Davidson is high-end in price, despite the low-tech nature of much of its product).

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