Good commuter bike once tweaked properly
Wire came loose inside headlight housing, causing the horn not to work.
Front foot peg bracket bolts come loose, and require thread lock to stay put.
This motorcycle is an almost exact copy of a Suzuki Marauder 250. The engine is based on the Honda Rebel 250.
The engine is tuned extremely lean from the factory, probably to meet emissions standards. This makes it very cold blooded and very slow. Changing the main jet from a 98 to a 112 and raising the jet needle one notch makes a huge difference. It's still not as fast as the equivalent Japanese bikes, but it'll do about 65 as checked with a GPS.
The speedometer is not at all accurate. When it reads 65 mph, your actual speed is 54 mph. I installed a digital bicycle speedometer to give me the actual speed.
Front brake is good, but the rear is nearly useless. Lubing up all the pivot points on the brake rod helps somewhat.
The raked out forks make it handle poorly at slow speeds, but once moving it's very stable. Installing wider handlebars helps a lot.
Adjustment of the shifter is critical. If it's a little bit off, it'll be difficult to shift.
Engine runs smooth and quiet.
Oil changes are somewhat difficult, due to the position of the drain plug.
The chain is an O ring type, which is nice on such an inexpensive bike.
Aluminum wheels are nice looking, and there are no spokes to deal with.
Gearing is very low, but I managed to find a rear sprocket with 2 fewer teeth, which made it much better.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th October, 2010