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Old 07-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Wildfire scooters, any opinion?

Anyone have experience with or an opinion about Wildfire scooters?

http://stores.ebay.com/WILDFIRE-MOTO...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

http://www.wildfiremotors.com//index...hk=1&Itemid=39
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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Someday Chinese bikes will be just as good as the well known Japanese brands.

Sadly I don't think that day is here yet.

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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Some of the Taiwanese brands are fine. (PGO, etc.).
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:01 AM   #4
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Some of the Taiwanese brands are fine. (PGO, etc.).
Thanks. Are you referring specifically to the Wildfire machines or just Chinese scooters in general?
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:51 AM   #5
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Thanks. Are you referring specifically to the Wildfire machines or just Chinese scooters in general?
I believe he's talking about Wildfire specifically.

I'd go PGO, Kymco then TGB or Sym. The latter not being as good as the former according to my VERY knowledgeable scooter friend BGK.

Check out Genuine scooters if you're looking for something that's well built and a bit cheaper. www.genuinescooters.com
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:12 PM   #6
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I'm bumpin' this thread .... I figure more inmates have experience with these... let me know what you think
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:02 AM   #7
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I'd pay $31.00 for the one on Ebay.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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I sat on one of the Wildfire Mopeds pictured above, but didn't get to fire it up. I guess this is the next blockiest thing if Kinetic mopeds aren't available in your area. It makes a Tomos look sleek by comparison. It seemed strangely ungainly and oddly bulky with that underbone and basket storage. But it was all metal, so you'll at least get some scrap money if it blows up. There's one Wildfire Moped parked at a bicycle rack in my town. I keep my eye out to see it on the road, but haven't yet caught it running.

I've never actually seen one of the Wildfire Scooters in person. The pictures make them look pretty much like every other Chinese scooter out there.

Do note that, like most all the Chinese mopeds and scooters I've encountered, they warranty only the engine and transmission parts, not the labor. This is different from Japanese scooters that are warrantied for the whole vehicle and include labor.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:52 PM   #9
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Base "moped" (usually under 50cc) selection criteria on YOUR state statutes . . some have a no-shift stipulation . . some require pedals.
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:55 PM   #10
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Base "moped" (usually under 50cc) selection criteria on YOUR state statutes . . some have a no-shift stipulation . . some require pedals.
Yes, I understand that some states still require mopeds to have pedals. I have absolutely no desire to get into a definitional debate about mopeds in this thread.

I was simply using the terms "moped" and "scooter" as such because Wildfire clearly takes styling cues from a Kinetic brand moped and its scooters are clearly run of the mill China-scoots.

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Old 01-03-2010, 07:11 PM   #11
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Wildfire also makes a model in the configuration of the Honda Helix. That's the one I've seen most often.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:44 AM   #12
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As someone who actually works on Chinese scooters, and not just some guy who "thinks" all Chinese bikes are junk....I wouldn't spend a whole bunch of money on a Wildfire.

(Unlike most internet experts, I've actually worked on scooters & motorcycles for over 11 years)

There's a write-up on the Moped Army forum about a guy who actually bought one, and put about 3-4,000 miles on it. Then everyone started bitching because it "wasn't a moped" and shouldn't be on the forum.

It's a Linhai built Kinetic, with a Linhai "Honda" CT engine strapped onto it.

Personally, if you search "Linhai" engine on any of the Pit Bike websites, you'll find they're the choice of the base/cheap pit bike racers, until they get into the GPX/YX/Pirhana/Pitster/spendy engines. And most of those are Linhai based.

Watch the exhaust flange where it hits the cylinder head. Those studs break off in the head...then you're screwed.

Buy one for $50~$100 off eBay, change the oil, set the valves, carry a spare coil & cdi with you, and have fun is my advice. And keep an eye on the chain.

Just don't bury yourself in it. And if you can't tinker/work on it, definitely avoid it.

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Old 01-04-2010, 12:20 PM   #13
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I'd pay $31.00 for the one on Ebay.
... including shipping? DEAL!
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:50 PM   #14
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That thing's ugly as f*** anyway. Save your money on that junk & either get an old CT 90 to fix up, or a new Symba.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:53 PM   #15
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That thing's ugly as f*** anyway. Save your money on that junk & either get an old CT 90 to fix up, or a new Symba.
pennintj tHANKS for the real world level headed review

Jedi, I hear ya on that I have been searching for a CT for a while. Right now i am doing an engine swap on my spacy so I kinda gotta wait and see how broke I am gonna be after that. I need a cheap, running CT don't we all!!

I just saw that ebay listing for 31 bucks and was thinkin that was cheap enough to buy and drive it off the roof a few times into the pool
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