2008 Kinlon JL250-A from United Kingdom - Comments

29th Mar 2009, 17:22

Forget giving time of the day with these Chinese things, they are a waste of time, so much so I wouldn't pay 700 quid for a brand new one. I would be better paying that for a Japanese motorcycle that is ten years old. At least anything Japanese is tried and tested, so you know you buy quality.

I have a Honda CG125 that is nineteen years old and has done well over fifty thousand miles, and always starts first time and does 90mpg. I paid 250 quid for it five years ago and never had to pay a lot out to keep it on the road. The bike lives outside in all weathers all year round and is used in all conditions and yet never has problems with rust etc. My CG125 has got to last me another ten years yet.

These Chinese bikes are of a very poor quality and should be avoided. It's good the dealership helped when it was needed, but nonetheless, frequent problems can't be good for one's progress. I don't know why people bother with the Chinese stuff. Pay the extra and buy Japanese, that way the bike will last at least ten years rather than three years at the most. Plus there is a much better dealer network for the Japanese stuff.

16th Sep 2009, 10:39

Don't agree with any of these comments as I have found the Kinlon 250 JL to be a brilliant wee bike, and I have owned two, and used them in all weathers in Scotland.

As for build quality, these Chinese bike makers also build the bikes in the same factories for the Japanese, and have been doing so for a good few years now, so I would not call them inferior to the Japanese or copies.

30th Oct 2009, 09:41

Any chance you could post the links to where to improve the gearing for these bikes, as I could do with a bigger front, or smaller rear sprocket, and like the earlier post about bar ends, I can't get mine off either to fit heated grips.

Great bike for the money, from the same factory that makes the BMW F800 gs engine.

8th Nov 2009, 12:33

# PLEASE HELP, CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET SPARES FOR THE BIKE ### HAVE LOOKED ALL THROUGH EBAY ETC BUT CAN'T SEEM TO FIND ANY.

As far as review goes, I think these are very good bikes. I have done 4500km, and bike starts and runs first time.

8th Jun 2010, 02:16

My 2009 Kinlon SM200 has so far had all fairings replaced as the cheap brittle plastic breaks easily, the gear box packed it in after 1500 km, the chassis frame snapped and the weld we did was stronger than the original, and it loses power randomly for unknown reasons. If you let it sit for 10 minutes, it resumes as per normal again, but can't really be trusted to perform. When it is going well, it is a great little bike, but it lacks consistency.

10th Aug 2010, 10:32

I have owned a JL250-A badged as a Loncin, which I bought from a father and son business in Bristol, for 10 months.

I have had a 32 tooth rear sprocket made by a firm in Derbyshire, which gives good all round performance. I have also changed the handlebars to more normal ones. To remove the end stops on the original bars, one needs to place the bar-ends in a vise and unscrew them (they are locktighted, so are quite hard to remove).

So far I am pleased with the bike.

21st Dec 2010, 10:14

My Bike is still going great, all previous problems disappeared when the dealer replaced the engine under warranty.

Just got round to swapping the tyres over, it's a different bike, and initial corrosion issues have now abated.

Bar ends are a bi**h to get off, but heated grips are a must for the motorway in the winter.

I have squeezed a 16 tooth onto the front, and dropped a couple off the back, and cruise at 60mph at 6000 rpm, but am very interested in seeing how a custom made 32 tooth rear makes the bike behave.

Do you have a link to the company that did this for you?

I would buy another of these without hesitation, so long as the price is right.

23rd Feb 2011, 09:54

You might like to know that a 32 tooth rear sprocket gives 60mph at 5,500 RPM. You can have one made by sprocketsunlimited.com in aluminium for about £30-£40.

They need to know the size of the following:-

Centre hole = 70mm.

Bolt hole from centre = 87mm.

Bolt hole diameter = 8mm.

Number of holes = 6.

Best of luck!

30th Apr 2011, 14:58

You had a different bike to the one in this thread, the bikes we have here are much better than that!

30th Apr 2011, 15:00

You are a star! Thank you, I'll look them up, and get one on order.

Very much appreciated.

2nd Sep 2011, 07:24

I have had my Loncin JL250-a for 4 months now, and really appreciate the update on the sprocket. I am looking for a new clutch lever as mine has just broken, does anyone know where I could get one? I have contacted one company, and they have told me to take a picture and send it to them. Do I have to use the Loncin one?

28th Oct 2011, 08:26

I've found that the bike takes generic parts for anything so far; all you'll need is the measurement of the handlebar thickness.

I'd recommend taking it off, and popping into a local motocross shop, as they will have loads of experience in finding replacement parts like that.

Had the MoT yesterday, and all I need is a new chain, and steering bearings - nothing unusual for riding on the pothole ridden roads in Bristol. Had the same for my Hondas CG125, before the gearbox went after 35k, so that validates how well these bikes are made I think.

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