I've always had the opinion that the chances of purchasing a reliable vehicle or motorcycle improves greatly if one sticks to mainstream manufacturers who produce quality tried & proven products. Imagine my when I came across an 07 GPX250 yesterday, which after checking the compliance plate discovered it was made in TAWAIN ! Also heard that some kawas are made in korea ... I'm not sure I'd be too happy handing over my hard-earned cash to purchase something I thought was manufactured in Japan. Is this the norm these days?