2007 American Lifan LF200GY-5
Only normal wear items; chain, tires, light bulb.
While not as refined as the Japanese bikes, the Lifan is reliable and holds up well. Seating position is good for a tall person; I'm 6'1" and it fits me well. Handling is good, and the bike feels stable at all speeds, both on and off road.
The engine is strong and pretty smooth. Being a push rod engine, there is noticeable valve noise, but it's not obtrusive. Stock gearing is too high for off road riding, but replacing the 17 tooth countershaft sprocket with a 15 tooth does the trick.
The swing arm pivot point is about 1/2" too high, which makes it necessary to keep the chain very loose, so that is isn't too tight with weight on the bike over bumps. I was able to change the pivot point with a bit of fabrication and welding.
The front brake pads do not fully contact the rotor, which causes annoying noises once the pads wear down a bit. That can be fixed with a slight modification, or you can just live with it.
Suspension is on the harsh side, but seems rugged, and I've never bottomed out, even on very rough trails.
The biggest drawback to these bikes is lack of good dealers, and lack of parts availability. While many parts are common to other motorcycles, some are not. I recently had to order front brake pads from England.
I would only recommend this bike to those who plan to do their own maintenance, since most shops will not work on an unfamiliar bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th October, 2010