Why are these Chinese scooters allowed in our country?

by Ronnie Proctor
(Spring Hope, NC, USA)

We financed a Shanghai Shenke 2008 model scooter for a young man who works for us (the owner was moving back to Mexico and couldn't take with him). Sounded like a good deal...just $600.00. Ran good, had low mileage, included helmets, and by appearance, had been taken care of.

The young man had it for just a week or two and it broke down. Fixed by scooter repair shop; broke down in another week or two; fixed by scooter repair shop; broke down in another week or two.

After 5 repair visits, learned today will need a new engine, and the possibility of it going "fowl" again from same thing...100%.

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Feb 17, 2012
Not all are bad
by: Sw gy6

I agree with the above comment. Most are good bikes as long as you really stay on top of the maintanance. Going to a scooter shop is really a waste of money. Check out youtube or scooter pro boards and you can learn a lot. The gy6 motor is so simple to work on it actually makes it fun. I put 13,000 miles on mine already driving to work 5 days a week 49 miles round trip and hardly had any problems. Granted I'm on my second rebuild, not because I had too just prevented maintenance. My advice to you is stay on top of taking care of it, and if possible don't ride in the rain and avoid water. The electrics really do not like it.

Feb 08, 2012
Not All Chinese Scooters Are Junk
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Ronnie, I feel your pain, but the truth is, many Chinese scooter owners are perfectly happy with their purchases.

However, you do have to understand that Chinese scoots often need quite a bit of TLC and some mechanical fixing type knowledge can be very helpful too.

One of my most active community members here, Jim Zeiser, LOVES his Chinese scooter and has gotten many thousands of miles of use from it.

You might find a visit to our Chinese scooters section of the site to be helpful...

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