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my GF is thinking of a scooter so yesterday, I spoke with my dealer service dept, recommended staying away from chinese/korean/indian, common problems with carbs (usually due to ethanol) and replacement carb parts are hard to get cause they seem to change design from one week to next
 

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My experience with all of the no-name Chinese stuff is that it was made of what seemed like pot metal( on one, the triples folded with a 45lb kid ), broke quickly, and parts were never available. For not much more you can get a used PW 50.
 

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I'd stay away from the less-popular brands of Chinese pitbikes.
Something more popular would likely last a bit longer.
My SSR that I picked up used has actually been fairly reliable and has managed to tote me and friends around at a good clip. I'm about 200lbs too.
 

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As long as you get something that is a CRF50 clone, replacement parts shouldn't be an issue (for most major items anyway).
 

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I'm not sure about the quality of the Chinese pit bikes but I bought a Chinese DR-200 knockoff as my first bike. It was (and still is) awesome. Most of the parts I have broken I simply replaced with aftermarket parts for the DR-200, Haven't had one fitment issue yet. As far as the carbs go, my experience has been vastly different to what has been stated here. The Chinese who buy these bikes don't want to track down parts anymore than you or I, My carb is literally all o-rings with standard brass jets. Not a single graphite gasket has ever been found through my exploits of the bike.

I would say if it looks like a CRF50 it may be a lot closer to a CRF50 than you think. I have had extreamly good luck with mine, in fact it has been on par with my SV as far as reliability, if not, better.
 

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. The Chinese who buy these bikes don't want to track down parts anymore than you or I, My carb is literally all o-rings with standard brass jets.
China does not have and EPA that mandates ethanol
 

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I'm not too worried about ethanol. I don't run e10 in anything. I have access to regular unleaded. Otherwise they have a chemical to combat ethanol effects.
most of the US does not have access to ethanol free, not a big deal with FI engines, but a very big deal with carburated engines that are not used on a regular basis, like lawn mowers, snowblowers etc that sit long enuf for the ethanol to evaporate out and clog the jets with the residue
 

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my GF is thinking of a scooter so yesterday, I spoke with my dealer service dept, recommended staying away from chinese/korean/indian, common problems with carbs (usually due to ethanol) and replacement carb parts are hard to get cause they seem to change design from one week to next
Biggest prob is replacement parts.

Something like a Dream Terminator might not have parts readily available.
I got one of these cheap pit bikes for free a few weeks ago. It needed a ton of work. The beauty of these little stinkers is that they are all CRF50/70 clones. Parts from one brand will bolt right up to parts from another. Just buy parts based off of measurements instead of brand. Carb rebuild kits cost 3/4 of what a brand new carb costs. New carbs cost ~20$. :evil6: Bodywork sets 30$. Hell, you can get a fully inverted front end complete with wheel/tire, brakes, bars and grips for 130-200$!

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If I were to actually buy one, I would go for an SSR or a Thumpstar. They have good reputations for being more tough and reliable than other no-name chinese brands. Either that or an actual CRF70 or PW50 if I wasn't worried about initial cost.
 

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Yea I'm prolly gonna get it. It looks pretty close to a crf50 so I'm not too worried. I have an old mini bike to work on so instead of sticking a couple hundred in that I'm gonna pick this fiddy up.
 
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