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  1. #21 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhu View Post
    Happy to hear its not a gasket
    There are no fans fitted as standard?
    Nope. It's a '05 CRF copy, I guess that doesn't have fans in stock either
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  2. #22 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Yesterday went for a brief ride just to test how the fan worked and everything. Went to the ZiJin Mountain just so that I had some space revving it up a bit. Impressions are as follows:
    1. The fan does work. High speed, low speed, 30 km/h drone - it's all good. Like I said before: the bike heats but doesn't overheat. Probably the fact that I changed coolant to water also has its part in it.

    2. The bike's absolutely not a city bike. It's geared way up high. I'm in my 2-nd/3-rd in the city start-stop traffic and feel the bike doesn't really like that. Turns out it has enormous pull in the 4-th and the 5-th close to the redline. It's a narrow powerband but once you master it, it's a pleasure to ride. Throttle response is instant and amazing. Bike easily does 130 km/h on a straight line and can do more, but that's an unnecessary risk. 80-100 km/h is a comfortable speed. I think riding it on a dirt track with dirt tires must be an amazing experience.
    Actually, it was very surprising for me when at the moment that I thought the bike'd be out of breath I gave it a bit more gas and it suddenly jumped (!!!) forward.

    3. Suspension is good. I have it tuned for tarmac, which means it's lower and harder than what the cross bike would have. Behaves well, very predictable. Stock tires not half bad. Allows for aggressive cornering. Still can ride over most of the curbs and stairs without any problem.

    4. The bike is light. I mean, very light. Just a 100+ kg (130 fully loaded if I'm not mistaken). Means it has the maneuverability of a 250 + all the power of a 450. Can just flick it around. But at the same time going over 130 km/h would be a suicide since the frond end starts twitching and trembling at around that speed. It's not poor quality forks build or anything, I checked it on supermotojunkie.com - figures out most of SuMos would have this problem. Reason is: not enough weight down there to have the front wheel firmly planted. There are different suggestions on the aforementioned website, from adding a Honda's steering damper to just plain sitting on the tank :) I won't be doing any of that since I don't usually go faster than 70 km/h. Downtown traffic is 20-30 km/h anyway. No need for steering damper there.

    In a word, had a very revealing (albeit brief) ride. Need to post more bike pics I guess.
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  3. #23 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Halt View Post
    ...4. The bike is light. I mean, very light. Just a 100+ kg (130 fully loaded if I'm not mistaken)....
    better check that - I was sitting once on it and it felt much heavier - more like 150-170kg.
    My Shineray was also advertised as around 120kg - once weighted it and it was more like 150kg! Never believe Chinese specs!
    Last edited by andre555; 05-11-2012 at 02:44 PM. Reason: dislexia
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  4. #24 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by andre555 View Post
    better check that - I was sitting once on it and it felt much heavier - more like 150-170kg.
    My Shineray was also advertised as around 120kg - once weighted it and it was more liuke 150kg! Never believe Chinese specs!
    Could be heavier, that is the spec sheet data indeed. Anyway, doesn't feel so heavy on the road :)
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  5. #25 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by andre555 View Post
    better check that - I was sitting once on it and it felt much heavier - more like 150-170kg.
    My Shineray was also advertised as around 120kg - once weighted it and it was more like 150kg! Never believe Chinese specs!
    That's my shineray now Andre
    which btw has just clocked up 1000km
    The long way to Shanghai

    Steve the way to get more stability
    raise the front and lower the rear to rake it out a bit
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  6. #26 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhu View Post
    Steve the way to get more stability
    raise the front and lower the rear to rake it out a bit
    Will try.
    Still, I'm not often riding at 100+ so no big trouble there.
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  7. #27 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhu View Post
    That's my shineray now Andre
    which btw has just clocked up 1000km
    The long way to Shanghai
    enjoy the bike and let us know where you get with it.

    I found some small bits and pieces you may want...
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  8. #28 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    Just found out that my front wheel is off balance. Really egg-shaped. Wobbles as hell when riding at low speed. Strange. Yesterday was OK.
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  9. #29 Re: Asiawing LX450S / 亚翔LD450 Rider Review 
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    I went to the factory last weekend. They offered the bike rmb 24.800 for. But I guess the real price can be lower after some some negotiation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    I went to the factory last weekend. They offered the bike rmb 24.800 for. But I guess the real price can be lower after some some negotiation.
    Heard here in nanjing the price dropped from 28.000 yuan to 22.000 yuan still there aren't many people willing to buy it.
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