In the Philippines you will come across copies of Honda and Yamaha motorcycles generally upto 125cc models (where most of the countries market is). They will get you from A to B and the build quality is reasonable but after about a year you start to notice the differences. Chinese bikes just don’t hold the quality and its sad to say that Japanese bikes are being assembled in China which can only lead to a decline in their quality. The big difference
though is cost a copy of a Honda Wave would set you back around P30,000 where an original would be at least P15,000 extra on the price if not more the differences though will be that the original will still be happily working away where as my Rusi which is a Yamaha copy has already got a faulty horn, poor battery performance and rust showing on various parts. Although I based the fact on the Rusi lasting me around 3 years before replacing again as the roads here don’t take any prisoners when heading up into the mountains for example its common to find the road has been washed away during heavy storms or that its riddled with pot holes as if its been shelled by artillery. Add to that the hot weather and the water content in the air I couldn’t see the point of spending too much on a vehicle. Better to replace regular while its still reliable than buy something expensive that will no doubt need overhauling to keep it running.
The only downside to the majority of bikes here though is most are 125cc or under which means most are also under powered. I think next time I will look for something around 250cc as I find the Rusi bottoms out around 70-80kph and it takes a while to reach it.