"Trust me, I work in a bike shop"
No offence Abstract, as I'm sure you're one of the good guys, but in general the staff in bike shops are the people I trust the least. Had too many bad experiences... one of which funnily enough was a salesman in a Honda main dealer insisting that the FMX650 I was looking at was a twin-pot. Other lies from sales staff to procure sales, lies from workshop staff over what's been done, sub-standard workmanship, bikes returned with dangerous faults, me taking a dealer to court, the list goes on.
Nope, for the past 4 years I've done an annual trip to France and get my bike serviced there. Cheaper, more reliable, more trustworthy - bikes are bigger in most countries south of the uk, and the dealers seem to have a better idea when it comes to standards and customer service. In this country, I like my bikes nice and simple now - something that a novice spannerman like me can work on with a few tools, a workshop manual, and a methodical approach, and single cylinder supermotos and trailie style bikes fit the bill.
Lexeter brands Lexmoto and Pulse aren't without the odd problem as with most Chinese bikes, but they are generally reliable as they use tried and tested older technology. Parts warranty is provided and most half decent dealers will throw in labour as well unless you pare them to the bone price-wise when you buy new. Parts are no issue - MCN tested this in an issue quite a while back and the Chinese parts often arrived as quick if not quicker than the parts from UK main dealers of Jap bikes. And for any 'mechanic' out there who is still refusing to work on Chinese bikes... you're not worth a f*** as a mechanic if you can't work on some of the simplest tech bikes in existence!
Like I said, I see guys commuting daily in to the bike bays next to my work, quite a few riding Chinese tackle. They're perfectly happy with their bikes as they do the intended job. I often wonder if much of the negativity surrounding Chinese bikes is borne out of ignorance or whether it's owners of some small capacity Jap bikes who feel the need to run down Chinese bikes to justify the extra cost of their own. Look at the MCIA figures for new bike registrations - other than the spike in sales in March/April of mainstream brands when people traditionally buy brand new 'big' bikes, Lexeter brands Lexmoto and Pulse taken together consistently outsell everyone with the exception of Honda and Yamaha. They smash Kawasaki and Suzuki.