What a riot! Bought two of these; delivered in about 10 days. Almost completely assembled, attach handle-bars, and two bolts to rear fender. Check brakes and tire inflation, regular gas-up, and you're off. Simple pull with choke start, kill switch, auto-clutch, multi-gears, 6.5 horse, 196 ccs, superb for off-road blazing through brush and dirt. Perfect for 12 and up kids and adults; great for training on balancing and turning for new riders. Soft nobby fat tires, designed for off-road use. Maximum speed of about 25, which is plenty in the brush and dirt, and not too dangerous on the paved (tires are designed for off-road, not paved). Single rear hand brake for rear tire, allows for safe dragging down the steeps. Classic mini-bike feel, and easy push-up assist on the steeps when bogged down. Not a toy, lots of torque, weighs about 160 lbs. so in my opinion kids should weigh in at least 110-120 to handle it. Good heat protection on the exhaust and engine, chain drive protected by a plastic cover, but as with any bike, watch the shoe-strings or bell tatters hanging. I'll probably change the factory oil after a few hours use, although it seemed fine after an hour or so. You need a flexible hose(maybe a half inch or so) to fill the gas tank, regular high-test gas. In retrospect, I don't think they could have made it any better or easier, basically "plug and play". Simple mechanical adjustments of components (ie. brake wire) are anticipated on a periodic basis, and regular maintenance and cleaning after riding should be done. All in all, I'm impressed with the performance and ease of use. Again, this is not a toy. Requires adult supervision and reasonable use for its intended purpose-off road trail riding. Helmet, eye-wear, long pants, boots, gloves, etc. depending on the conditions. Be safe, and have a blast with your kids, or friends! Thanks again Overstock!
Bought two of these, assembled quickly both in about one hour, two guys-- drained oil and refilled with a good quality american oil as the import oil is really poor. Nice wide seat, starts quick and goes about 25 mph, single rear brake lots of torque on start up. overall a good value would of killed for one of these when I was a kid-----fun, nice wide fat tires.
I purchased this bike as a christmas gift for my son,one week before christmas. I gave it a test ride, to make sure it was ok, before he received it. I had rode it approximately 200 ft. The first time that I mashed the brake, the brake drum stablizer bar was missing a bolt, so the bike had NO brakes. This caused the brake drum to rotate,damage the brake cable,which in turn tore the headlight wires loose.To top it off,it was after I got off work in the dark. I returned the bike, and swapped it for another.Everything seemed ok at that point.One week later,while my son (inexperienced rider) was riding it, the front forks fell in half. do to bolts that wern't tight. I repaird this my self, but my sons bruses,and scrapes, had to heal on their own. A better quality control system, would have prevented this. Now, the tensioner, on the primary chain, has broken, which caused the chain to brake,and my son can't ride.
As a guy who has sold more than 50 of these bad boys, I have to say this is a great product for the money. I have built 3 seperate generations of this bike line, and I can tell you that which generatiion you get determines the problems you will face. 1st Generation: Handle bar supports weak, with threads tending to strip. Nylon primary chain tensioner is loud. Engine is Ji-Dong and hard to get parts for, but very reliable. Can be replaced if damaged with other engine type. Plastic headlight. 2nd Generaton: Most of the problems from 1st gen have been fixed. Engine is now Homelite, (an American brand). However, oil in engine is a shipping oil and not meant to used while engine is running. That being said, take care of the engine and it will last forever. Oh, and one last thing. Somehow, the choke on some was either assembled backwards, or was labeled backwards. It still works. You just need to keep in mind that your choke may be on when it says its off on some bikes. Out of the 150+ that my store sold, only about 5 were ever returned, and two were due to the buyer forgeting to put oil in the engine.
I have one that is almost 3 years old. It has had a bolt vibrate out of the chain guard once. The foot peg broke this year. Cost me $10 to replace. But this is the 3rd season of hard riding. I have had a few foster children ride it on a regular basis. It holds up very well. It is very fast! Almost too fast, but you can adjust the throttle spring and slow it down. It does wheelies. I have never changed the oil. A tank of gas lasts a very very long time. I put my wife on this mini bikeand me on a yamaha pw 80 (2 stroke 3 speed) and she smoked me in the first 500 feet or more. It shoots out like a rocket.
Most of us motorcycle riders, are used to doing a preride check (Walk around) to look for loose fasteners, broken parts, leaks, any problems. Next we ride. With this product, this check needs to be done each day, and with care. I would recommend using LockTite (Blue) on any fasteners which are found loose a second time.I would not check a brake by taking it up to speed and "Mashing" it. Test all controls BEFORE you ride. I have had a chance to ride the "Heat" locally (at a tractor supply dealer), and have one ordered, if it displays problems other than Vibration loosening of nuts and bolts, I will return and reRevew.