Cheap, reliable commuter bike
Seat base rotted out.
Seat torn and falling apart.
Headlight housing broke.
Foot pegs bent.
Centre stand rotted out and bent.
Oil pump gave up, resulting in seizures (about 5 times).
Fuel tank leaked.
Carb float bowl stuck.
Chain guard fell off.
Indicators fell off.
I've bought this bike 3 times, sold it twice, had it stolen and recovered twice. It's been burn out by thieves and dumped by thieves. It's been seriously repaired once and fully restored once. It's been in at least 2 significant accidents; one with a Land Cruiser that bent a good few bits.
All of the 'things that have gone wrong' with the bike are things that went wrong with it through use. Listing the things from the thefts and torching would be silly.
The oil pump failing was the biggest issue. It would fail and the bike seize. I'd fix it and a month later it would happen again. In the end I did it pre-mix until the total restoration last year.
The listed mileage is a guess. The speedo never worked well and went missing the last time it was stolen.
It handles like riding a cat on jelly. You're never too sure if the back of the frame is going to flex in the same direction as the front when turning a corner.
It will U turn in a single lane road with no problems. This makes it excellent around town. If there's a traffic jam, you can squeeze through the smallest gaps and turn 90 degrees between snarled up cars.
Top speed indicated is 60mph, with 55mph being comfortable. Well, if sitting on a knife with a nest of buzzing hornets under it can be called comfortable.
MPG (after the total restoration) I've just measured at 90 miles to the gallon. That's going on fairly open roads at 55 to and from work with the odd bit of traffic. I did also race a guy on a 125 for 10 miles one day. By race I mean I wound it open to 60mph all the way home and just kept up with the 125.
Despite everything, I'm really glad I've still got this thing. It starts every morning. Costs almost nothing to run, insure, tax etc. It goes as quick as most of the traffic on my daily commute. It nips in and out of the traffic like you're walking at speed. Yes I'd like something with a bit more in reserve and a bit more comfortable like my old Bandit 1200, but all in all this is a great commuter bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th June, 2014