ymehp
Post Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:06 pm
 Subject: Jinlun 250cc???

Hey, I stopped in at a dealer today on way home from work today to finally check out the '08/'09 Ninja's. While I was at the dealer a truck pulled in with a load of the Jinlun 250cc sportbike. I waited around long enough until they finally opened a crate. They didn't have time to get one ready before closing time so I didn't get a real feel for the bike. What have you fellow 250cc riders heard on these bikes, good&bad?
Asian Heat
Post Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:15 pm
 Subject: Sounds like it's a bike made in China. Check for melamine?

Don't know... just getting in my sarcastic zing in first.

I'm going to guess it's out to compete with the Hyosung bike (Korean product?). Think it'll be interesting to hear about it in comparison to the known 250's on the market.
ymehp
Post Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:19 pm
 Subject: Re: Sounds like it's a bike made in China. Check for melamine?

Yes, it is indeed another product from China. Looked just as stylish and they stated they can get replacement parts. Just curious about reliability and performance.
capt_bugaloo
Post Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:58 pm
 Subject: Re: Jinlun 250cc???

I'm thinking that if you've never heard of the brand before, you're going to have a heck of a time getting and parts or services...

I just did a Google for Jinlun and didn't find a lot. Looks like there have been some imported into the UK for the last five years:
http://dragonbikes.co.uk/dbBike.asp

Frankly I wouldn't order one. You will have a heck of a time finding any parts. Why not just get a good used beater bike from one of the Big Four for about the same price?
Bokonon
Post Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:16 am
 Subject: +1

ymehp
Post Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:41 am
 Subject: Not looking to buy! I was just curious about them.

Southern_Stogsdill
Post Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:08 am
 Subject: Re: Sounds like it's a bike made in China. Check for melamine?

I just recieved my jin lun jl250p, color red, and so far so good, it is pretty quick off the take off and rides fairly well, but what can you expect for a china bike. One problem im having is locating parts for it. Thankfully a small local dealer in my area has some china scooters and so forth and had a throttle tube, that i didnt have to modify to make fit. But other than parts the bike seems to be a pretty good buy.
Mike Jacobs
Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:08 pm
 Subject: Re: Jinlun 250cc???

capt_bugaloo wrote:
I just did a Google for Jinlun and didn't find a lot. Looks like there have been some imported into the UK for the last five years:
http://dragonbikes.co.uk/dbBike.asp

Frankly I wouldn't order one. You will have a heck of a time finding any parts. Why not just get a good used beater bike from one of the Big Four for about the same price?


Did you see on that website that they resurrected the hallowed AJS name to slap onto some of those small-displacement China bikes? Maybe next they will buy the defunct Excelsior-Henderson name. Or Velocette. Sheesh.

Anyway, from what I've read I would agree with Capt B. Ninja 250s were cutting-edge technology-wise 24 years ago, but these new bikes from China are even older-tech than that, nowhere near the equivalent to the Ninjette in top end performance even though they might have similar grunt at city speeds. I doubt they are capable of much more than 70 mph on level ground, no wind, and as such, maxed-out at below the going average rate of speed on many roads, I would not consider them suitable for a long-distance freeway ride, which the Ninjette can handle easily, with power to spare at that speed and even on up to 80-90 mph all day long.

Most Chinese 1/4 liter sportbikes I've read about are single-cyl thumpers, low-revving strokers; many have 2-valve single OHC heads or even pushrod valves instead of DOHC/4-valve heads, most have just a 5-speed transmission, and build quality, both in terms of body-panel fit and finish, and in terms of engine internals/externals, is still a little sketchy. Reports I have read found very little if any effort was put into machining engine parts to be smooth and "clean" (in the engineering sense) so expect to find a lot of burrs, nicks, etc. which may either affect performance and reliability, or at least may slice a nice cut in your hand when you go feeling around down there. If you absolutely _must_ buy "new," I suppose they are the cheapest thing around in their class. But IMO you will be _so_ much better off to buy a slightly used Ninjette - maybe with only a couple thousand miles on it, and in like-new condition - for even less money. egyptian dance
Train
Post Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:47 pm
 Subject: Legal?

Some say the Jin LUN 250 cant be registered in Florida? does anyone know if thats true or not?
The conqueror
Post Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:03 pm
 Subject: Jl250p bike

I have a cixi motorsports bike it's the jl250p. It's a great strong Bike. I was very hesitant at first because I had not heard of them either. However they are smooth rides and I've had no problems what so ever. The price was right, there is a dealer near my parents house who provides parts and service. I'm glad I didn't buy the Honda or Suzuki bikes I was looking at. Getting ready to do my second oil change and I am still in love with it just as much of not more than the day I peeled the shipping plastic off the handlebars.

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