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Best place to buy Motorbike?

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  1. roverman

    roverman DI Junior Member

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    Hello,

    at my next long visit in Dumaguete i plan to buy a motorbike.

    Where is the best place in Dumaguete to buy good quality second hand bikes?

    I searching for a small Cruiser like a Motorstar Predator 150 / 250 / Grandstar Roadstar 200 / Lifan or anything similar.

    What are the prices for bikes like that? (second hand or new)

    thanks in advance for you tips!
     
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    my 2 cents worth.
    I spent a good amount of im researhing the same here in dmgte. I have purchased two new motorcycles since moving here.
    Buy new, unless you are inclined to fix the headlights, brakes, and put the muffler back on. Seriously, good and used here can not be used in the same sentence unless you personally know someone selling a bike. There are a few used shops selling overpriced junk. Some of the dealers offer used bikes, go that root if you must buy used. New bikes are so cheap it makes sense if you plan on keeping it any length of time.

    When you come here everyone will tell you you have to buy a Honda. They are assembled here in the Philippines mostly from Chinese made components.
    I highly reccomend Russi motorcycle shop. They sell rebadged Lifan, Losin, and a few others. These are chinese bikes assembled in the Philippines. What impressed me was not so much the quality of the bikes, but their excellent customer service. Both bikes I purchased I got from them, they provide fair pricing and negotiating is allowed. I first bought a 125cc trail motorbike, called Ramjet. Not enough power so I traded up to a 150cc lightweight bike used primarily for conversion to tricycle. It has a Honda clone motor that has been trouble free for well over one year. I did have issues with the rear hub, and electrical system. They replaced both no charge under warranty.

    Prices for this type of bike range from 35,000- 45,000 Pesos, depending where you buy it. A 150 cruiser type(not available at Rusi) will run almost the same and higher, 200cc-250cc cruiser 75-85,000. There is a new dealer for Motostar, which are reputedly good chinese bikes, near the market next to Benardo's electric. Sorry can't remember the shop name.
    Again, I like rusi beause they have a large service shop with good mechanics. See June Marie, she is a peach to deal with, although she is the service manager, there are other girls in the sales dept, all equally friendly and helpful.
    Many new shops in town, all selling a variety of bikes, few have what I regard as a good service area. But I am picky.
     
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    I bought a yamaha x1 110cc a local guy had one and said they are good. I find it suprisingly fast, for a small bike. I have always had a car so not that used to bikes. but I enjoy biking, I can see why people like bikes now. I don't think I would ever have bought a bike in the u.k. I am still nervous though.
     
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    @RHB:

    Thanks for your answers, and tips...
    For my its funny: some people say buy a second hand, because you will have trouble with a new "chinese" bike because the quality is bad and with a second hand you know already that everything (electric etc.) works.

    the other site say, buy only a new one, because the condition of the second hand bikes are very bad..

    Here at "home" i drive a big 1200CC Cruiser, so thats the reason that i like the bikes like the Motorstar Predator :smile:


    @eddy

    What is the experience that you have with your second hand bike? How you was found this Bike( I understand that you was not buy it from a dealer)
    How much you was payed?

    Thanks again for your answers...

    Remco
     
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    Hi roverman I bought the yamaha x1 from the main yamaha dealer, just outside of town. I paid 72.000peso, I could have got a honda wave for 52.000 peso, but glad I bought the yamaha now. there is a philippines free adds mag. I get here in tagaytay it has cars bikes and everything else you can think of. it comes out twice a week, I think you can get it there in dumaguete too, the trouble is it has mostly manila items, with only a few from the provinces. I was looking at some bikes for sale in why not noticeboard a while back, mostly bigger bikes. best of luck with your search
     
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    Hello roverman,

    here is my expierience. I was looking for a small bike (no scooter). I hate this small tires, My weight just will not work out with this toy-tires. I was completely open what kind of bike I will but. I was driving around, there are some second-hand guys at the airportarea, just gorget all they have. Not maintained at all, all in the way RHB described perfectly.
    On the road from the Airport to the city you can also find some "real" Yamaha, Honda etc dealers.
    RUSI is a place to go, all this chinese bikes coming from the same factories as Honda and Yamaha scooters. RUSI Garden is their second hand shop. You may find there some branded bikes too. I decided to buy a Honda Cross 250cc.
    Just on my way home I passed a small town with a bike for sale standing next to the main-street. I stopped had a look and spoke with the owner. It was a Dayang (never heard of that before) 15 month old 4500 km and preowned by a british guy from Cebu. 150 cc starting price 50K. after testdriving and negociation I paid 38K. I brought it to a mechanic and told him to have a look at it. He never heard the brand Dayang. He took the whole engine appart, replaced piston-rings and whatever ( I am not a mechanic).
    At the end I paid 2.5k for his replacements and labour. He told me that the engine is a mix of almost all Japanese bikes and it is no problem to get spare-parts if there are problems. I drive it now since 8 month and am quite happy. Nothing for real Off-Road trips, but most roads around here are quite good. A girl on the back looks also better than on a scooter:p .

    cheers

    Rhoody
     

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    Chinabikes are for people that don't know much about motorcycles and don't mind walking.

    Get a used Honda, I'd highly recommend the XR200 available everywhere.
     
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    people who can read have a big advantage in life, you are not one of them...
    the engine of my bike is original Honda...
    The RUSI scooters are right out of the Yamaha factory IN China get other plastic parts and stickers and thats it...
     
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    looks a nice bike rhoody, I am just a learner biker so that might have been too big for a first bike for me.
     
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    eddy, it just looks big, onlt a small engine and way easier to drive then a scooter, especialy when you have some sand on the street or a small stone

    cheers

    Rhoosy
     
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