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Old 09-11-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default 2009 Honda CRF230M vs. 2009 QLINK XF200


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Old 09-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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Well, the 2300+ dollar price difference is going to make the Qlink's shortcomings look pretty minor.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:07 PM   #3
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To be honest, i like the headlight on the Qlink alot more than the honda.

Not that aesthetics are the biggest thing when it comes to dirt bikes but yea
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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Default QLink (QingQi) styling cues...

The Qlink (manufactured by QingQi and sold all over the world under different names), was aesthetically designed in joint effort by it's Brazilian distributor and the manufacturer in Jinan, China.

The Qingqi's looks are certainly more "up to date" than the Suzuki DR200 it's derived from and Honda should certainly not be asking 5k for the 230 when there are multitudes of excellent low mileage, second hand bikes out there for way less than 5k (including the formidable DRZ400SM).

If QLink was smart, they would offer a 19/17" front/rear wheel package that would double the bike's versatility while still maintaining excellent tire choices and true light weight dual-purpose functionality.

QLink does sell a service manual for these bikes (75 bucks!!!! ) which should contain the specs of the suspension travel ol' Pete was looking for but for that price one could just as easily scrounge the internet for an excellently illustrated QingQi 200GY (same bike) full service manual. Only draw back is it's in Portuguese...

Well done article and nice to see the dyno comparisons. To my knowledge, it's the first set of dyno numbers I've ever seen on the Qlink/QingQi's.

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Portuguese? Why would that be a drawback? More like a "Value-Added Feature"............





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Old 09-12-2009, 11:53 AM   #6
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Air Hawk,

If people are looking for English specifications and instructions it could be a problem. Spanish speakers can get through most of it without too many problems from what I understand.

Since a good amount of these bikes are sold in South America it makes sense that's where the Portuguese version comes from. The Portuguese manual is really excellent with step by step walk throughs and first class color coded illustrations. Definitely worth checking out regardless of what languages you may be able to read or write.

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Edit: I've attached some sample pages of the Portuguese version so you can see what I mean. We can thank some Brazilian moto friends for this. Googling "Qingqi 200 repair manual" should return some more complete results.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:38 PM   #7
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Carl, the "Portuguese" comment was meant as a joke (though I could probably muddle-through it if I REALLY had to).

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No worries. Most of the activity on Chinese motocycles comes from the international community and much credit is due to our oeverseas brothers and sisters.

It's still a manual worth looking at anyway and the diagrams alone will prove extremely useful to anyone who owns one of these QLinks.

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Old 09-12-2009, 03:49 PM   #9
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Who cares about the damn QLink manual? it's disposable; a Bic Clic motorcycle. You don't even have to submerge it in salt water, just go straight to the "Discard the Motorcycle" step when it won't make noise anymore.

I saw some of Honda's latest today at Riva Motorschports; they had the DN01 and a couple of Furys (Furies? Furrys?). The Fury ALMOST works...it's so damn close to being cool. But you just know that the chee-zee chromed plastic and barely polished aluminium is going to look like crap in a year or less. I bet they sell a bunch of them.

The DN01 is a waverunner. It looks like a waverunner, it feels like a waverunner under you. If it had a trigger throttle and one of those spiral engine stop cords for when you fall off...just add water. What a goofy POS that is. Maybe they'll sell enough Furrys to cover the Do Not Order 1's losses.
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I don't know why... but sometimes when i read Kens comments my brain starts to hurt...
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