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  1. Hello one and all, I've not posted since June of 06. My GY is comming up on 4000 miles without much problem. The plastics are gone ( I took them off and left them behind when I moved) and she still uses oil. Other than that, no problems. I would still buy an other one. Randy
  2. Well, I haven't posted in a while. This week, I am at a lodge in the middle of Missouri. I threw my GY200 in the back of my truck for some after meeting relaxation rides. It's been great. I've been cruising around the State Park, down some old gravel roads and in and around the lodge complex. I'm the envy of more than a few others who are stuck here eating hotel food and watching the 15 channels on TV. I'm coming up on 3000 miles on my cheap piece of chinese junk (as others would like to say) with out complaint. All I can say to some of the newer owners is change your oil frequently. I change about every 500km. And as an aside, I'd have to see 75 mile per hour cruise speed to believe it out of one of these. Since I've changed to the 44 tooth rear, I cruise comfortably at about 50 or 55. 60 makes it work way too hard for an air cooled engine. Regard, Randy
  3. I agree, change the sprocket. My relaxed cruise speed went from 45 to 55 by changing the stock 56 to a 44 tooth rear. The XR 185 sprockets are interchangable, or search this tread. You will also be better off ordering from E-bay or Dennis Kirk rather than going to the Honda shop. Good luck Randy
  4. What's your shift pattern? I have an 04 redcat 200GY. My shift pattern is the "European" 5 down. Holy crap did that take some getting used to. Who else has that shift pattern and what kind is your's? Randy
  5. OhBow, I changed out my rear sprocket from a 56 to a 44 tooth and drilled 3 half inch holes in the end of the exhaust. Performance was greatly improved. Although it had begun to improve before modifications around 500 miles. It sounds like a thumper but is not so loud that anyone would complain. It sounds like you are on the right track with maintenance too. I change my oil every 500 km. The oil in these lubricates the engine, tranny and the clutch. A couple of bucks every few hundred miles is money well spent I think. Randy 2004 Redcat 200 1977 CB 750 A 1951 Allis Chalmers CA
  6. To all, The bracket on the front fork is to hold a license plate in Europe...and maybe China. I took mine off. As for the size of the forks, don't try to race these things. Just go out and have a casual ride to work, school, the store and hit a nice trail or two in between. If you try to grab big air make sure you are insured. These are built to a standard of several years ago. Back in the day when people didn't fly between jumps. If you are a rider that is all about speed and you push your motorcycles to the limit, you will not be satisfied with one of the China bikes. If you find enjoyment in the countryside, you will be very pleased. 2500 miles and counting. I rode mine today? Did you? Randy 2004 GY200 1977 CB750A 1951 Allis Chalmers CA
  7. Ohbow, Enjoy. I've had my 200 for 2 years now and smile everytime I ride it. Really! I'm street legal and most of my rides on on pavement. They just don't have gravel roads like they used to. 2500 miles and counting, Randy
  8. 6 miles.....That's it, 6 miles. That's the range of the reserve setting on the petcock. Did I find this out the easy way you ask? Did I read the manual, talk to someone who knows, or do that whole mileage math/tank capacity thing? THAT would have been far to simple don't you think? Here's the thing. I was riding to my mechanic's to pick up my truck. About 5 or 6 miles out, my GY started to spit and sputter like a hooker at a prayer meeting. OK, decision time. My Wrench and a gas station is about 6 more miles that way, home is about 6 the other. I thought, it's only 6 miles....NOBODY would put a reserve that only lasts 6 miles!!!!! Enter the Chinese. About 5 miles further, more spitting and sputtering. Did I mention hills? Yep, I live in the hills. Fortunately for me, this trip the hills were in my favor. I managed to get to the top a the next hill, pulled in the clutch and coasted down the next looooooong hill. The engine died. BALLS! One more up hill to go. What the hell I said. I weaved back and forth a bit to let what little bit of gas was left run to the left side of the tank and fill the diminutive carburator bowl. I popped the clutch. Eureka! It fired and made it up the next hill. At the bottom of said hill was my mechanic and a gas station. I'm saved. The moral here? Know your bike, know your capacities, and more importantly, know where the next gas station is. I think I'm going to equip my tool box with an empty water bottle that I can use to beg for fuel from a friendly neighbor....or an unsuspecting gas station within walking distance from where I run out next time....if there is a next time. Randy
  9. And let's not forget, many of these China bikes are street legal. There are not a lot of street legal dual sport bikes on the market. I saw that Kawasaki is out with a new 250 and Zukini (Suzuki) has a 200 and a 400 but not much else out there. For the puposes of most of these conversations we really can't include the fat bloated pig that Honda calls the 650L. But even if we did, the small bore dual sports are better around town rides. They are quick (up to about 45), they are agile,and they sip gas. The bigger bikes trade agility for muscle, MPGs for speed, and name recognition for price. I rode mine to work again today. Did you? Randy
  10. What? Close this site? It can't be! Sure, some of the posts have been off topic and by non-owners but don't take my site man. Actually the bickering was getting a bit old. Honestly though Pullin, the guy wasn't really bad mouthing our stuff. He was just keeping it in his perspective. For me, I've been riding for damn near 40 years. Riding these things reminds me of why I started riding in the first place. They are light, easy to rip around town, and will take to the lighter trails with ease. In short, they are more fun than work. The folks that have the big bore, big buck bikes probably like to ride faster and jump higher than I do. I can live with that. I still believe that motorcycling, either street or trail, should be fun. I sold a Huskie 430WR to get this little 200. The Husky was just too damn much work. When it ran, it ran strong. When it ran. Some are willing to put up with tempermental machines. If I want attitude, I'll go talk to my wife. Randy
  11. In summary, Some of us are happy as hell. Some of us are not (the ones that own jap bikes, no doubt because we are happy as hell). These cheap bikes are just full of little pain in the butt kinds of problems. That said, none of the problems, except for the inner tubes, have kept us off the bikes. Honestly, the biggest issue with these has been with the DMV and the owners of Jap bikes. Putting them in the same category ought to really get them stirred up. I have over 2000 miles on mine and still smile when I ride it. I rode it to work 2 days last week because I believe it will get me there and back. I didn't ride it in a moto-cross, hare scramble, Pikes Peak challenge or super moto because I don't have the same confidences. FOR THE WAY I RIDE, this bike suits me. Let the way you ride decide. Randy
  12. Techb, Thanks for the tip. Next time I'm in the city, Ill stop in and have a look. Sounds like he might be a good source for parts too. Have I mentioned the crappy tires?
  13. Hey! The weatherman says you in Missouri are having some 50-degree weather. Send some this way, wouldya? I'm on it. Randy
  14. Thunga, After about 500 miles you should notice an appreciable improvement in performance and shifting. As for the wheelies, get on the pegs, ass back and twist the wick. It should come up enough to cross a small log. I'd have to check the make of tires but I'm reasonalble certain they are part of the Chi-Com's plot to kill us one at a time. They seem to work great on the road or on gravel. Get them wet and they become Satan's own brand of human torture. God I love my bike. Randy
  15. Well, I had mine out in the mud again. The front end washed out in the mud again. I dropped it in the mud again. Sounds almost like a country song. The biggest problem with these things in my humble opinion is the rubber. Both tubes have gone out on me, and the DOT universal tread tires have landed me in the dirt on almost more occaisions than my 35+ years riding experience. As for the guy that can't get the front wheel off the ground, I don't know. I've replaced my rear sprocket with a 44 tooth and can still get the front up to eye brow level. Happy New Year and Happy motoring, Randy 2000 + miles and still happy with the purchase.