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Zongshen bike dealership

I have been interested in the Chinese enduros for a few years now due to their relatively low cost. There are dozens of companies that "manufacture" them, but it seems that the main players are Zongshen and Lifan. Both companies have come out with what seem to be decent bikes for under US $2000 according to what is available on Ebay and the internet. Zongshen has an office in Miami and are interested in getting dealers throughout the US. I live in Yuma, Arizona which I have noticed many people travel through on their way into Mexico, or near here when they travel through Calexico, California. I have also noticed people wanting bikes for sale or rent, although not necessarily from this area. My question is; would people be interested in buying these lower priced machines for smaller trips, as opposed to attempting to ride the full length to SA? I don't quite know all the details, but I would consider a buy-back deal if enough of you would be interested in such a service. Rentals might be considered, but I would have to look into those laws and regulations. Basically, let me know if this would be worth it, or should I just stick to Ebay and local deals? (Are the bikes built by Zongshen worthy enough)? Any advice would be appreciated!
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I have worked on a few of the cheaper chinese imports. Some of them would be a liability to sell in that they fall apart and parts are expensive. I say that while working at a yamaha/honda dealership that sells made in brazil 230 hondas and yamaha 230's. Also yamaha is selling a kids electric start 50 that is made in china. I know of several people that took a chance on those funny looking Honda 50's back in the 60's. A few of those people became millionaires.
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Thanks for the advice, Bill Ryder. I know that several Chinese companies have brought back the trail bikes from the 60's, although I don't see anyone becoming wealthy from them. What bikes do you work on? (The Brazilian 230's)Are they in the US?
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I'll do it...

Mate,
Lend me one for twelve months and I'll telll ya if I woulda bought it when I get back.

i'll ring ring and tell ya where it is if it isn't up to the job.
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