Between here and mychinamoto, I'm aware that most folks have a pretty low opinion of Chinese bikes. Despite the common sentiment, I bought rode a 2006 Regal Raptor DD250-9B when I was in China and sold her with sadness when I returned to God's Country. My sole experience with a Chinese bike was positive. I'm in the market now for a *cheap* LAMS bike (cruiser or sit-up) and that present some challenges. There aren't too many cruisers under $2500 (my absolute max). I found a low-mileage 2011 version of the same DD250 on Gumtree and I must admit, I'm tempted. There are a few Japanese cruisers around the $2500 mark but they're all well-loved mid-90s models. Prejudice aside, is a 20 year old Japanese bike going to be that much better than a 4 year old Chinese bike with only 1500km on the clock? Obviously getting parts and a mechanic for a Japanese bike is going to be trivial. How well represented are Laro/Lifan/etc. in Sydney? I haven't been able to find much from a quick googling so I think I know what the responses will be. Hoping you'll tell me differently though. As a side note, I see a lot of Hyosung's on the 2nd hand sites. Am I right that a Hyosung would be a decent buy?