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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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boybilly1967

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boybilly1967 says:

Beware those that make denigrating comments about Chinese bikes. The same sort of thing was said about Japanese cars and bikes and then.....

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wolfy35

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wolfy35 says:

I don't know about this bike but several of the Chinese 125 bikes that are available in UK make no secret of the fact they either use Yamaha engines or Honda engines made under licence. Increasingly car & bike production is being switched to lower production cost countries so only a fool would discount any machine based on name or country alone.

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psychoSam

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psychoSam says:

I bought a Chinese bike to ride after passing my CBT and have just sent it back to the dealer for the second time, Petrol came out and went into the engine. Twice. My Husband has just got me a second hand Yamaha which is so much better than my new Lexmoto.

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sprintst955

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sprintst955 says:

wolfy35

You are spot on ,the rate of improvement in quality is improving at an incredible rate it all reminds me of when people used to mock those funny little jap bikes ! the chinese wont stop at making small bikes either and i include 650s in that .they will make 1000cc bikes within 5 years.if you have the money and they have you can build anything.triumph went from nothing to world player because of john bloors money.

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rlf3

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rlf3 says:

Quality Control...

Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Triumph, H-D, Victory, BMW (and probably others) all have some production done in the far east.

It really doesn't make any difference where something is made, what counts is the quality of the materials and the quality of the manufacturing.

Once the Chinese start using the correct materials and proper manufacturing they will be contenders.

Even then the purely Chinese bike brands will struggle.

People just want a badge they think they can trust and are stupid enough to pay through the nose for it.

Just ask BMW whose new ten grand (eek) maxi-scooters are largely manufactured in Taiwan by Kymco but [i]assembled[/i] in Germany.

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rgvyan

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rgvyan says:

Aftersales support

Quality is improving and a few manufacturers are putting out reasonable bikes, but a big hurdle is still the aftersales support. Should something go wrong, and personal experience has shown me that there is a fairly good chance something will break, is the dealer/importer/manufacturer going to have parts or even be in existence a year or two down the line?

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Sehp

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Sehp says:

Support

I have a Lexmoto/Wk dealer near me, the customer support is great. I've seen the wk bikes and they look, and feel amazing. You wouldn't know they were Chinese unless you were told, maybe further long down the line, problems will arise, but the low cost, and repairs cost may make it worth it

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

This isn't "low cost" though

And neither is the "WK" branded CF Moto 650, when you consider the cost to own rather than to just purchase.  And that's the answer to the "People laughed at Japanese bikes/cars" brigade.  Those were signifcantly cheaper and better made and more stylish than the alternatives.

The Chinese, bless 'em, just produce knock offs.  Quality control is erratic, and prices, well, go for the cheaper ones, the markup that we pay in the UK is no guarantee of quality.

Again, I've owned two, and they were OK. But factoring in ongoing insurance hassles and guaranteed low resale, and they need to have a significantly cheaper purchase price than the real brand competition to make any sense as a new bike.

Best buys are 3 year old bikes with fresh MOTs on them.  They've taken their big depreciation hit, you've got some assurance that they're roadworthy, and you can see how well they've lasted over some UK winters.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Chinky WanK bikes

125cc bikes always suffer badly from "Quality" issues. But it's more down to the hamfisted, lack of knowledge, teenage owners that cause the problems.

 

Just look at a 3 year old, 3 previous owners CBR125... Maintenence is MORE than just putting fuel in the tank...

 

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Management

All comes down to management. Check out a Wuyang-Honda NHX110 (Lead 110 in some markets, Elite 110 in others), note the high quality of fit and finish (as well as the way everything works), then notice the very reasonable price.

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