Carlos Spicy Wiener Wrote:
> Not that you'd care but I got 16000 miles out of
> my lifan 200 (untill the bike fell apart) and I've
> got a shade over 3000 out of my lifan 125
> Enduroped and its still going. No parts replaced
> on either.
> The lifan motors aren't that bad... It's XYZ,
> Jetmoto, no name super cheap pitbike engines that
> seem to blow ass.
well, this is what you were asking for!
plus the distinction between lifan and generic shit brand is very very important, the genuine lifan stuff seems to be miles ahead of the other generics, Lifan is the company that honda originally set up in china with the partnership.
every single one i've worked on has broken due to a combination of low quality manufacturing and operator error. the kickstarter is a common one, if you engage the mechanism before you jump on the thing it will last forever, but if you don't you'll smash it. Sure, the honda is going to take a lot more abuse, but it doesn't mean the lifan is automatically shit because you can't jump on it as hard as a honda. Hell, do that to any big thumper and you're gonna break it eventually.
I've seen the bent shift shaft/star/pawl thing too, it comes from shifting it before the auto clutch fully releases or stomping it into gear under power. The china motors are much stiffer shifting, they dont move as freely, so thats gonna happen, but if you ride it like an old man and gently put pressure on the shifter until it releases and slips into gear, it can last thousands of miles.
I see the valves get burned from idiots hacking off the exhaust and running lean, the top ends, cams, bearings go from folks overheating them or running them low on oil, they aren't balanced as well so they tend to shake screws out, and the screws are shitty so they strip before you can get them tight, but a dab here and there of good loctite goes a long way.
proper break-in probably is huge too, because they have coarse machining and crappy rings, etc.
just like harbor freight tools, or anything else, if you don't beat it like you're trying to break it, it will probably last a long time.