Alright...I have a guy that works with the local track that is telling me that I should skip any of the Chinese bikes and just get a Honda CR50 for a first bike. As far as I know, the Chinese bikes work about as well as the amount of effort you put into setting them up. I know that they aren't built to the strictest of quality standards, which means that you may have to spend a bit more time setting the bike up...like greasing some things, using some LocTite on the bolts, taking some time to dial in the carb correctly. If I spend the requisite amount of time doing these things, the Chinese bike would probably be about as good of quality as anything else out there, right?? Not to mention, from the other thread you would have over $3K invested into a CR50 just to get it up to the standards that a Pitster is. Now, I kinda think the guy might just be a bit biased...because he told me not to buy a Chinese bike, then told me that a friend of his has a nicely setup SSR that he might be willing to sell me...which is odd considering he's telling me that Chinese bikes aren't any good. I'm a bit of an odd individual in that I actually ENJOY working on a bike...almost as much as I like riding them. So something that might require a bit more wrench time is NOT a big deal to me. So, with that said, should I be worried at all about the reliability of the little Chinese bikes???