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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2011, 10:05:40 pm »
In Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, there's more small Chinese bikes than people and they all ride roads hardcore KTM'ers will think twice and thats with 2 or 3 on the bikes.

lol...you're right...there you are, hard core dualsporter with everything, lost even though you have the GPS...they pitch up and point you in the right direction....pfffffft!
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2011, 07:05:05 am »
Local is lekker :)

Puzey is SA designed and built with some imported parts. His service is first class. And he honours his warranties.

He is planning some adventure bikes going forward - I think he might surprise us!

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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2011, 07:39:15 am »
Puzey's biggest problem in my opinion is the fact that Chinese bikes so far has had less of a perfect durability record, and a dismal back-up service. Vuka is possibly one of the better ones, but while the engine is good, the frame and bodywork is not. Quite a few frame crackings and even breakages on these, and all this will make it more difficult for Mike Puzey to penetrate and build a good business. BUT once a name for good service and back-up starts being known, things must go well. Japanese bikes are not more expensive because they take more profit, they are so because they are better quality, and the closer Puzey's quality gets to the Japs, the closer the pricing will become. If he at this stage still have "Chinese name" issues, buyers will go Jap.
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2011, 10:10:32 am »
Puzey's biggest problem in my opinion is the fact that Chinese bikes so far has had less of a perfect durability record, and a dismal back-up service. Vuka is possibly one of the better ones, but while the engine is good, the frame and bodywork is not. Quite a few frame crackings and even breakages on these, and all this will make it more difficult for Mike Puzey to penetrate and build a good business. BUT once a name for good service and back-up starts being known, things must go well. Japanese bikes are not more expensive because they take more profit, they are so because they are better quality, and the closer Puzey's quality gets to the Japs, the closer the pricing will become. If he at this stage still have "Chinese name" issues, buyers will go Jap.
Michnus, I have often said that there is a kind of magic to a small bike tour, cruising along at 100km\h and taking in all nature has to offer you. Need a special mindset though.

Frame? Nobody told these guys................
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2011, 10:19:57 am »
It works up in Africa as those guys think with their pockets and not with their minds. The same as the toyota debacle here in SA.

Even Bigboy, good bikes for starters and kids, and it suits many pockets.

Speak to Mike and ask him to design a decent DS 250cc or even 300cc bike, I think that will work.

And a nice 125cc 2 smoke for school kids, in DS guise?
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2011, 10:32:32 am »
And a nice 125cc 2 smoke for school kids, in DS guise?

Like the Husky WRE125

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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2011, 10:35:32 am »
Jip Dave, now you're talking, but you don't get them often. I'm looking for one for my daughter, but they're like hens teeth, or I don't have money when one pops up!!

But he must design something similar! That'll be nice!
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2011, 10:38:41 am »
You get them in 4-stroke as well  :)



Sorry, hijack off....but it will be nice for a less "premium" brand to put something out that is reliable.
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2011, 11:14:14 am »
Puzey's biggest problem in my opinion is the fact that Chinese bikes so far has had less of a perfect durability record, and a dismal back-up service. Vuka is possibly one of the better ones, but while the engine is good, the frame and bodywork is not. Quite a few frame crackings and even breakages on these, and all this will make it more difficult for Mike Puzey to penetrate and build a good business. BUT once a name for good service and back-up starts being known, things must go well. Japanese bikes are not more expensive because they take more profit, they are so because they are better quality, and the closer Puzey's quality gets to the Japs, the closer the pricing will become. If he at this stage still have "Chinese name" issues, buyers will go Jap.
Michnus, I have often said that there is a kind of magic to a small bike tour, cruising along at 100km\h and taking in all nature has to offer you. Need a special mindset though.

Chinese engines, as far as I know is the only part that Puzey has adopted from the Chinese. He is unhappy with their inconsistency and is currently looking at alternate sources with a better overall quality. Equally so, the price will also move up. He is still aiming to be a lot more cost effective that the Jap bikes. Ideally he would fit Jap engines in but they don't sell their engines stand alone.
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2011, 12:43:34 pm »
What I like it the fact that you can get the enduro and motord with motard or trail tyres. Does this means that you can buy an extra set of tyres and swop around? No need to mod the bike.
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2011, 07:00:29 am »
Rotorway are the agents in CT. On Milner Rd Paarden Island. They actually build choppers so go figure....
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2011, 12:41:33 pm »
What I like it the fact that you can get the enduro and motord with motard or trail tyres. Does this means that you can buy an extra set of tyres and swop around? No need to mod the bike.

Yip  you can have spoken to a dealer about that same thing the cost is a mere R7500. Rims, hubs, discs, sprocket,  the whole 9 yards.
I am really considering a 500 got a quote last week. Bike, hand guards, disc guards and bash plate R48500  :thumleft:
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2011, 01:01:11 pm »
Eish Soundboi, you can get a brand new Honda XR650L for R49k!!
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2011, 02:09:21 pm »
Nie te crappy nie ne.... :P
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2011, 02:25:16 pm »
Nee wat, die Puzey's is defnitief a cut above the rest! Baie netjies maar te naby aan die XRL
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2011, 12:16:07 pm »
Sold my Puzey 150 Expert today, after 6 months of trying - R5500-00

Bought new in 2008 for R 14000-00 - was ridden for a year before I snapped my leg.

that was the 3rd Puzey I owned -

ALL bearings and ALL seals on ALL bikes were inferior. Replaced with locally sourced jap stuff.

Had a hub on one that had holes in it like an Aero chocolate - wasn't impressed.

Would I buy another, I'm not sure. Would have to be prepared to replace all wearing parts very quickly as well as fork oil, etc.

As a run-around or kid's bike, great, but for competition, no.

His little bike's scared me off so I bought another Kawasaki instead.

Nothing really 'wrong' with the Chinese bikes, the Jap bikes are just better.

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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2011, 07:40:34 pm »
+1 for Jap bikes :biggrin: :thumleft:
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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2011, 08:57:59 pm »
If something's cheaper, it's usually because it is cheaper.
 

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Re: PUZEY, AS DURABLE AS THE NAME SUGESTS?
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2011, 10:07:28 pm »
To me, they're not really that cheap if you consider, they're using engine technology from the eighties. Almost 30 years is a moer of a long time. OK some of the old technology is bulletproof, but only if manufactured to high standards.
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