First of all I would like to mention that here I have no intention to offend anyone. I am mainly a silent reader of this forum and I do post very little. I am now fed up with everyday fights among some members. Many here are criticizing some quality brands as junk because they have bought something other and the Pakistan’s best motorcycle is the one they bought. Every other thing is just crap. I am also fed up with this word crap. Even a gentleman is not accepting Piaggio as a bike. According to him Piaggio is the worst european brand.Then what about Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera, the sub brands of Piaggio ?
Number of postings doest not suggest alone one a more knowledgeable. Many senior, experienced and knowledgeable members simply avoid or hesitate posting here because some very immature response can’t be ruled out.
Here I would request you all to please don’t start arguing useless discussions. For example Piaggio is faster than GS or GS is fater than Honda 125 deluxe etc. Speed is not the standard against which the quality of a bike is measured enen in the similar displacement capacity.
China is not incapable to produce quality products. In Bikes sector Loncin is producing liquid cooled 650 engines for BMW. Loncin, Jialing, Zongshen and Lifan are big names which have been producing quality motorcycles for many years now.Don’t be confuse with the nameZongshen Piaggio as Honda in China also is Wuyang Honda and Sundiro Honda such as Atlas Honda in Pakistan. Zongshen is an idependant brand which also manufactures piaggio bikes under licence and technology agreement and co-operation of Piaggio group Italy.
No doubt Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki are world leaders in two wheels technology alnog with some famous European manufacturers but remember the days when Mr Honda just started copying European motorcycles and people then were similarly confused about the durability of the brand and it was very common to criticize Japanese made motorcycles then.
Honda proved its worth and successfully passed its most difficult test, the test of time and later started its own research and development and till now its leading the market.
But honestly speaking we Pakistanis are unfortunately not getting the modern and stylish bikes from Japanese manufacturers and instead they still are marketing here even a couple of decade old technologies and styles (in most cases) while the youth here is anxiously looking for something new and more stylish and powerful at an affordable price. Wealthy here simply go to Will Bikes, Fast Lane, Bashi Motorsports, Import Heaven, Car Craft etc; to get their dream machine. But unfortunately this option is beyond the budget range of majority of the two wheel s lovers.
In our neighbouring country where their youth demanded new technology and style and they were lucky enough that not only their local industry like Bajaj and TVS etc, responded accordingly but even the big Japanese players in game had no choice but to introduce beautiful and modern looking range of models. Look how modern are their bikes even in small capacity engines. In the present era when new decade of the 21st century has started so there is no excuse to launch a bike particularly without disc brakes if not Anti lock brakes and Self/Electric starter. Mono shock rear suspention and Alloy wheels should be introduced along with headlight fairing/cowling and digital meters.Similarly bikes having a little bit bigger displacement would be nice additions.
Instead the going on policy is that every tom dick and harry having money is importing Chinese 70cc engines and buying parts from local vendors and are assembling and launching their own branded 70cc Honda CD 70 copy bikes with funny slogans. Even DYL shamelessly copied CD 70 while this model has not anything concerned with Yamaha Japan. DYL is now not Dawood Yamaha Limited instead it’s the abbreviation of some other registered name. Dawood group is trying to cash Yamaha name and their long term association, unfortunately.
In our country only recently (a few years back, I mean) Honda introduced Its deluxe 125 cc model with front disc brake while Suzuki made a good attempt to introduce GS 150 with Self/ Electric start 150cc OHC engine and Ravi Piaggio introduced Storm, a modern looking model with self start and front disc brake. I would also like to request that plese don’t think that the bike you bought is superior to others bike or others are so much fools that they have made the wrong choice and bought “CRAP” or” JUNK”. Please be positive. Only healthy criticism within logical, sensible and reasonable behaviour limit can impress others. You all should appreciate these three models as an initial step towards pleasent change and approach to meet the requirements and expectations of present day educated biker. If someone buys a Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha or Piaggio, simply congratulate him. If some one seeks advice, simply advice him politely. Thank You ! ZAK