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  1. malignity

    China trying to step it up

    I'll see what I can do. The next big ride I do will have some big hills and single track. I'll try and get a walk around before that.
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    China trying to step it up

    A tiny bit of new video. Short and sweet thanks to poor GoPro mounting.
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    China trying to step it up

    It is. Chadzu trimmed his to look sexy. It's on the to do list one of these days.
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    China trying to step it up

    Wait! I found something crappy on the bike. My kickstand. It's a little short and a little tucked in too much. It's just as bad as a KTM or Beta kickstand! One of these days I'm gonna pull it and put a better foot on it.
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    China trying to step it up

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    China trying to step it up

    Yes it is, and it's smooth. Info should be on gpxmoto.com. If you're looking for more info and that doesn't have what you need, the engine specs are similar to the Yamaha DT230 Lanza dual sport. America never saw this machine, but it was a hit across the globe everywhere else. We saw it's dirt bike and ATV counterparts, the Yamaha WR200 and Blaster. The engines are pretty similar in design with a few development improvements throughout the years. One of the bigger ones I caught comparing it to the Lanza engine was the relocation of the electric starter to the bottom of the cases. The DT125 had this setup, and it's the same setup Beta uses which is dead reliable. Let's face it, the early 2T starter designs from KTM were pretty crap, and I'm super glad they didn't go with that design. It's protected by the factory skid plate and bottom mounted allows for a higher weight part to be mounted on a lower center of gravity.
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    China trying to step it up

    My oil injection is staying put. Ironically, it's funny you mention that. I've had a small issue with the machine because I second guessed myself on its reliability. On my first DS ride this year, I tossed a bit of premix in my tank to make sure the oil injection was gonna make it. Welp, dumb idea. The oiler worked fine, and the premix worked fine too, causing a perfect storm of my first fouled plug in front of a few guys who were thumbing their noses at me from their $10,000 KTM's. They certainly "told me so", yet it was my own fault, not that of the bike. Mechanical oil injection is pretty tough to break. Can it fail? I've been riding for the better part of 30 years, and 3 of my bikes have been oil injected. I ran crap like chainsaw oil through them, and they were pretty good to me. One had the fuel line unplug due to really poor design and seize, the other seized because I actually forgot to add oil. That's something that's a genuine concern here, as one oil tank lasts about 2-3 tanks of gas. We're going to see this "blame it on the system" game creep up again that we saw back in the day when in reality, the problem is inside the helmet, not the machine. The other oil injected machine was perfectly fine as I flogged it for years. Oil technology has improved throughout the years, and the design on this is well protected. The oil inlet for the tank is behind the radiator, and the oil inlet to protect the carb is tucked behind the pipe. We still see Beta oil injection fail once in a while, but they've managed to take an uncomplicated mechanical system that's been proven for decades and make it electronic, and as much as I love Beta, they're not known for great electrical connections. The system can be deleted, but I'm not in the game to fix things that aren't broken. If I couldn't wait for a larger tank and had to buy a 4 gallon IMS or something today, I don't think I'd have any choice but to delete it and run premix, but larger GPX tanks are in the works too.
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    China trying to step it up

    Many KTM and husky parts fit this. Air filters, likely brake shoes, grips, levers, etc. Husky plastics. Some might say "omg, china is ripping off the husky design!" well, not really. The motorcycle industry is small, and after doing a few hundred hours of research, there's not a single motorcycle company in the entire world that doesn't have parts sharing with other motorcycles, and/or outsource something to China. Bikes like the Honda CBR300 are completely produced and manufactured in the Chinese Honda Sunduro plant for example, and lest we forget that the Kawasaki KLX400 and Suzuki DRZ400 are literally the exact same bike with different color plastics. This isn't nearly the big deal some people are making it out to be, and is literally how the Japanese motorcycle industry started in the 1960's. There's nothing taboo about it. The designs used are good solid designs, they've bought the production and machining run right from Yamaha to produce the motor and the engine is assembled in the same plant the BMW GS650 bike is assembled in. It's really not much different than what Christini is currently doing, as their CRF450X like clone is made by Asiawing and we've got no shortage of rave reviews about them. It might not be as easy as hopping on Rocky Mountain ATV and ordering stuff every time, but Pitster has been great to deal with, and he's shown with these bikes that he's striving to not only meet, but sometimes even exceed the quality of the other bikes. He knows the world is looking at his bikes, and as the new dog in town, he's got something to prove if he's gonna hold his own. I've seen nothing thus far that has made me think that it won't hold its own in the long run. I think I made a good choice selling off my two Yamahas to get it. Provided it lasts as long as my Yamahas which I have no reason to suspect it won't, I'll probably be a GPX fan for life. This seems to be a new breed of machine. Is the bike perfect? Nah, but no bike is. Many are looking to point fingers and look for problems more critically than any other bike before trying to find fault in the new China bike as they replace the stator for the 14th time on their DRZ. I've yet to come across anything serious (knock on wood) and I've ran it pretty darn hard thus far dual sporting. If things continue to go the way they are for GPX, I could see them as being a serious contender, especially at the price. You'll not be finding an oil injected counter balanced KTM 200-like engine with button and what feels like a custom $1000 suspension job, skid plate, light kit, etc for $5699 anywhere. The bike kinda owns its own class here in that regard, and it fills a niche and void that I didn't exactly know existed until I rode this machine and compared it with others. It'll definitely hang with the big dogs.
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    China trying to step it up

    Parts availability is a non issue. Call them up, tell them what you need on the microfiche, they mail it to you within a day or two. One thing that people don't recognize is that most dealerships don't carry a huge parts stock anymore, and for brands like Gas Gas and Sherco, this procedure is literally pretty much status quo. There's a few pending GPX dealerships in Michigan I think. Mondo Motos was one if I recall, but I'm not exactly sure where they're located. They were pretty amped about the bike coming in, but haven't heard much from them since it's been here. There's a good handful of Pitster Pro dealerships in the state, but apparently GPX is going to be separate enough from Pitster Pro that a PP dealership simply isn't a GPX dealership also by default. Feel free to PM me and if you're near, you're more than welcome to come test mine out. I may not be a dealer, but I'm open to letting people demo the bike.
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    China trying to step it up

    One thing to note is that the MSO doesn't have any bad wording that might prohibit someone from plating the machine. It very much mimics a European MSO rather than a Japanese which tends to have magical words on it that shall not be named and tends to get a denial for plating in certain states that tend to be more strict. Luckily mine isn't one, but I wouldn't think many other states less maybe California would have significant difficulty plating the thing like mine is.
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    China trying to step it up

    I wouldn't be surprised if a Zeta lowering kit fit fits. I'd probably get one if I had the time to install. At this point, it's not so much of a deal breaker for me, but I could probably do an inch or two lowering if I had to be picky. For the price, even if I sent the suspension in for a factory lowering, I'm still making out a few less thousand than a new Beta. I love Beta, they're great bikes, but this hasn't particularly given me a significant issue as of yet, and I have a hard time justifying those prices for a little more juice. It's had a few silly things here and there, but nothing that I haven't seen in other bikes previously. If I really had to get technical on a design I'm not thrilled with, we can thank the well established Japanese Mikuni carb for this one, not the unproven China bike. The choke lever sucks. It's long, it's thin, it kinda sticks sometimes, and if you force it, it bends. It's a 1990's design that just sucks, and that's the reason we upgraded to pull knobs. The Mikuni VM29-47-VM-TM plunger is an exact fit and Will require slight cutting of the plunger lever on one side to fit properly, but that'll bring it up to the 21st century. If a $9 part is the worst of my concerns, I'm pretty okay with that.
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    China trying to step it up

    Originally it was. This was remedied by a bracket of some sort and a spring setup. Ironically I broke a spring last ride too. I didn't even notice it, my buddy did when he pointed out my flat.
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    China trying to step it up

    I haven't tried anything super steep yet. Wolverine is noted for having massive hills (some of the biggest in the state) and gnarly single, so that's where I'll know for sure. Truthfully, I don't think I'm going to have a problem. I've climbed many of these same hills on much lesser machines, and this bike is probably pretty true to it's 40 ponies. Ran wide open is pretty damn good. It shows a bit of it's 125 like feel in this regard, but was built off a 125. It's particularly lacking anywhere. Though not as strong as a 250 in the upper range it also doesn't have the same bore and stroke either and is 25cc's less. I have no doubt it'll do anything I point it at, and still not tire me out after a day of single. If its any consolation, boyesen is developing MX reeds for the bike and Pro Circuit is also making a pipe which should be done within the next few months. I wouldn't consider either a "must have" upgrade at this time.
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    China trying to step it up

    One thing I love about this bike is it's incredibly linear from idle to wide open. It's predictable with zero surprises. It doesn't have that 250 pipe snap, and power delivery reminds me a bit of a Beta 300 with the PV turned flush, but less of it. If I had to guess what a Beta or Gas Gas 200 felt like, this would be it. For technically a 225, it's a riot even in stock format. The Boyesen reeds and Pro Circuit pipes being developed will make this thing every bit on par with most 250's if I had to guess. Low and mid-range feels very similar to a 250, but it doesn't have quite the on the pipe feel of a 250. It's close, but not quite there; maybe 20-25% less; but still no slouch. I may be bold in saying this, but I wouldn't hesitate to pit this thing in a Hell's Gate Enduro. If an Xtrainer can do it, I'd think this could too. It's got just enough to do everything you need, but without significant worry of grabbing a tiny bit too much throttle and looping it every time you get a little overzealous.
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    China trying to step it up

    The bike has a 37" seat height or so. It sits lower than my 450f, partially because it's narrower too. I've got short stubby 28" legs, and I can touch the ground most times unless unsuccessfully I toe touch on uneven ground and grab a foot full of nothing. You can order a factory lowering link. GPX carries them stock. I initially considered it, but not sure I need it yet.
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