I own one of these chinese dual sports (branded under Kazuma) and they can be a good value depending on why you're buying and the intended use. I bought one for my wife, so she can ride with me (my bike is a DRZ400S).
My comparison is drawn directly with a DR200, which I've owned and ridden...
First the negatives ---
- Some of the plastics used are not up to par in feel and quality. Most noticeable in the controls on the handlebars (but I've experienced no failure of these).
- As mentioned in earlier posts, steel is used where the DR200 may use a lighter weight/stronger alloy.
- Battery is a joke, mine failed after a month and looks like a toy (fortunately there is a kick start).
- Parts could be hard to come by, not many dealers established and I've heard horror stories on the wait for parts.
The positives ---
- Low, low cost. Mine was about $1600.00 delivered by crate to my front door. For the same cost of a Japanese equivalent, you can put 2 in your fleet and have enough change left for a motorcycle trailer.
- Power is sufficient for entry level or casual use, with a top end that will get you 65-70mph. Acceleration feels a bit slower at the bottom end when compared to the DR200.
- Brakes are good, mine came with front AND rear disk brakes.
- Front and rear suspension is adequate if your not trying to compare to an off-road only machine or bigger displacement dual sport. Mine came with heavier duty front forks that was an upgrade over the "standard" Kazuma model.
- Contrary to what I've read here, this one seems very reliable. Starts on 2nd or 3rd kick, no mechanical issues whatsoever.
I think people sometimes get close minded to these bikes. Yes, you can find things to harshly critique, and if they were priced out close to a DR200 or XT225, that would be justified. But they are a good value if you are considering one for your significant other to ride, an entry level bike, or just a "ride around the campground or forest service bike" for anyone who isn't in to getting extreme air or challenging every biker that gets within eye contact...and I wouldn't recommend that with the DR200 or XT225 either....