2006 Baja Motorsports Phoenix 250
It could have been as good as a Suzuki or Honda, but it was built on the cheap!
I bought the Baja Phoenix 250 as a wreck just to have something to do. The guy who bought it new made it 2.8 miles and crashed it. It required extensive repair and rebuilding of the frame, forks, tank, fenders, etc. I was able to buy the needed parts from Baja or Honda or Suzuki. The bike is a Suzuki TU250 clone, except the motor is a Honda Rebel 250 clone.
After I got it back together, it had a few problems. It is extremely cold blooded. The alternator quit due to a bad voltage regulator at about 500 miles, but I was able to obtain the Chinese replacement for the part other than Baja Motorsports. In general it was reliable during the time I owned it.
This would be a good first bike or commuter bike for someone. Today parts would be nearly impossible to find if you're not a mechanic who knows what can be substituted.
The handling on these bikes sucks! They simply are not stable in any sort of a crosswind. I lived in Kansas at the time where the wind blows every day. The rake of the fork is too extreme, plus there may be some flexing of the forks and or frame. These bike can be a bit unnerving to ride on anything but a calm day.
The standard factory lights are weaker than expected on a modern bike.
The front brake is good and the rear brake is almost useless.
As far as the engine itself, it was smooth and rock solid reliable.
All things considered, this was a fun bike to rebuild and fool around with, but the handling sucked and the parts availability today would be a major issue.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th October, 2016