Someone on the Toronto Moto Scooter Club Message Board asked “Should I buy a 2013 Chironex?” and my short answer was No. My long answer was a little less boring. Read it and then I’ll tell you why you should avoid Chinese scooters.
Kenny Mclelland of the Toronto Moto Scooter Club wrote:
I am looking at buying a 2013 Chironex Chase 150 but don’t know very much about them. Does anyone have any opinions?
Well partner, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to YouMotorcycle Town.
You know when you really dislike someone, but you don’t want to tell them that you really dislike someone?
They could be your boss, or your neighbour, or your lover’s parents. You detest this person, but for your own personal reasons you just have to live with them and you can’t tell them how much the sight of them makes you want to throw up all over the walls and smash their faces in a fit of rage?
When that person asks you what kind of scooter to get…
You recommend that they buy a Chironex.
5 Reasons Not to Buy a Chinese Scooter:
Chinese has over 15,000,000 words, but not a single word for quality control. This may or may not be true, but you can rest assured that the stuff coming from China, buy and large, is made on the quick and easy. At least as far as two wheel transportation is concerned.
You don’t know where the nearest dealerships are.
That can be tricky if the dealership you plan on buying from either goes under, or stops carrying the brand (perhaps due to too many quality control issues). Where can you get parts from now? If you buy a Japanese or even Taiwanese brand that has been around for a decade or more you can probably find a couple of dealerships in your area. Try saying the same about a made in China brand of scooter.
You don’t know how long the brand has been selling in your country.
Motorcycle and scooter brands can develop large stockpiles of parts, ready to ship to customers at a moment’s notice. Dropped your scooter or motorcycle and need a new lever in order to ride it, no problem for most brands. Sometimes however, importers will bring in quantities of the vehicles to test the market or just to make a quick buck, without investing in importing the parts needed to support the customers post sale. Buying and stocking parts is a major investment. Make sure you ask about part availability prior to purchasing any motorcycle or scooter.
The guy who recommended it to you might secretly hate you.
Anyone recommending one of these things probably either hates you, has no idea what he’s talking about, or has just been lucky so far.
You don’t know who will work on it?
Remember how I mentioned quality control? Well a lot of Chinese scooters come with strange quirks. The factory in China gives you all kinds of free customizations to your scooter including screws that come stripped and other problems. Sometimes the more a mechanic digs in to the scooter the more issues are discovered, such as inconsistent screw types or inadequate soldering or other wiring problems. The end result is that a lot of shops refuse to work on Chinese scooters. You might think that motorcycle shop down the street would gladly take in your Chinese mule, and they may at first, but it’s not a risk I’d take.
Whether or not you choose to take the chance, best of luck out there. I’m cheering for you either way.