With over 90% of the bikes on the road, Chinese, parts availability is no problem.....A 125cc Chinese bike will set you back around 30k pesos and the equivalent Japanese bike will be around 70k pesos. Most Dominicans want Japanese bikes, but can only afford the Chinese. Chinese bikes also rust out much faster too.....From what I've read here, the most important thing is the availability of parts in the DR, which is much harder with Chinese bikes.
Peter hit the nail right on the head. He's absolutely right. The chinese scooters do not have parts readily available, or even slightly available! I have a 2008 125 Chinese scooter. after a few years, the ignition went bad; i spent two years looking for a new ignition from Moca to Puerto Plata and could not find one anywhere. period. Then the seat broke; they have a hard plastic underseat and then foam glued to it, and then the lining on top of the foam. after the plastic broke, i searched everywhere for either a new seat or simply new plastic so that i could replace it. Guess what? Yep, no one could order a new seat for me. period. some other things went wrong, mostly carburator issues. then the electrical issues started . now it has tons of electrical grimlins running around the wires, shorting out lights, etc.From what I've read here, the most important thing is the availability of parts in the DR, which is much harder with Chinese bikes.
Yes, that's what i'm saying. The Japanese bike costs a lot more than the Chinese bikes but, the parts are easily attained and readily available everywhere...including on Amazon.com of all places.So "Frank",are you saying it's better to buy a Japanese bike?????