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Motorcycle

September 26, 2013
 

International brands’ locally manufactured Motorcycles Dilemma

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Poor standard of Pak Suzuki is clearly visible in GS-150s as all chassis are found angled to one side when observed from front. Many users do not feel this problem and even if they feel some of them would ignore only fraction of users complain and fraction of them get their complain cured, but what is the use of this correction and warranty claim when replacement part is still coming from same process

Atlas Honda, DYL and Pak Suzuki have facilitated the nation with a variety of bikes that have got reputation among the motorcycling community and many would prefer one particular type of machine while other would like something different. This is due to many reasons including:

-After Sales Service, and repair claims procedures etc.



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-Facilities being offered in particular model

-Availability and quality of Spare parts

-Design Flaws/Faults etc

-Type of engine, ignition and fuel feed system technologies etc.

Atlas Honda introduced no doubt many good bikes, while due availability of cheap parts gained popularity as well among users and mechanic. Main contributor is CD-70 who’s simple and easy to maintain design and economical fuel consumption has gained very strong market position. On the other hand cheap part may also be sub-standard which may fail at any moment, I personally suffered one fine morning while riding to my job when timing chain sprocket’s fastening bolts broke and bike stalled, which I had to walk for 3 kilometers to take it to the nearest mechanic. On another occasion spark plug gave away which was replaced by a corner mechanic, the new one did not last more than two days as it was of very low quality.

mobile world magazine motorcycle dilemma-1For many years when Honda bikes sale was booming Yamaha did not introduced any four stroke machine, and almost lost its market share. Only ardent Yamaha lovers remained attached. But its YB100 was the only machine which is still living in the hearts of people and may get its place back in market only if DYL does struggle to come back in market by introduction on some new machine of original Japanese design instead of recent 4 stroke Chinese machines like Dhoom, mini Junoon and new 125cc model. Despite DYL sometime back introduced Junoon which no doubt was a fine machine but its price and maintenance issues kept it far from popularity.

Earlier Pak Suzuki was famous for some of its two stroke models which when replaced with 110cc four stroke Sprinter with a slogan of 73km per liter, the bike got its due market share, but recently Pak Suzuki has almost ruined the worldwide image of Suzuki bikes due to poor quality control standards and by sub-contracting manufacturing of critical parts like Chassis to the lowest bidders who are not at all qualified for the job. I also have come to know that street fabricators/welders are now making fuel tanks, mud-guards and other parts for Pak Suzuki.

Poor standard of Pak Suzuki is clearly visible in GS-150s as all chassis are found angled to one side when observed from front. Many users do not feel this problem and even if they feel some of them would ignore only fraction of users complain and fraction of them get their complain cured, but what is the use of this correction and warranty claim when replacement part is still coming from same process. And exactly same happened with my bike I was getting corrected my bikes chassis from denter (on progress basis as in beginning he declared it would take some time and many visits), and when the process was almost complete, OEM accepted my claim and started process for replacement, which resulted in only waste of time, and amount spent for correction of chassis in vain.  Pakistan Bikers Club must be appreciated for its help and support in the process and realizing Pak Suzuki what they are manufacturing and marketing. Still Suzuki experience is of no match, I know many people who still opt only for Suzuki bikes. Despite the entire problem faced so far I personally own three GS150s.

On the other hand I would also like to appreciate our small motorcycle industry trying to survive in very difficult circumstances and providing poor countrymen some relief in this time of hardship in the form of inexpensive motorcycles, and some are of very good quality and can be compared with these leading Japanese brands.

Being a Pakistani I strongly recommend that we must promote and assure local manufacturers of our confidence so that they keep try to provide us with better quality and variety along with functionalities. A day will come Insha-Allah when we will stop looking toward Japanese firms for options and our local industry will come to a stage where they will be not only meeting but surpassing local and international requirements and standards.   -Rana2107, PBC Karachi

-Published on page#36 & 37 October-2013 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine





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