The Zongshen zs200GS / Motorstar Xplorer z200 has been selling like hotcakes in the Philippines for sometime now, that a rider's club exclusive to owners of this bike has been formed nationwide. And its getting bigger. Try checking their website at: http://www.xplorersphilippines.org
My z200 is almost five months now and I got lotz of experiences to tell. I had some minor accidents (reckless drivers bumping and wrecking my taillight assembly while on traffic), and 1 major accident (out-balancing and tumbling while trying to avoid an on-coming car, suddenly overtaking and goes face-to-face with me, while I'm doing 50-60kph on a highway.) So far, I only wrecked plastic and rubber parts, leaked the gas tank, but no problem on the engine, carb and chassis. I was amazed to ride the bike after tumbling on concrete for the remaining 15 kms to my destination (home). The performance was still ok. If I weren't shivering from my bleeding knees and elbows, sprained hip and shoulders and a throbbing broken rib, I could still have gone over 50kph. I guess the bike's engine is quite tough enough to survive that crash. In other words, the quality isn't bad at all.
The sad part is when I took it for repairs to the distributor (EastWorld Motors)... the 1 yr. warranty and free services just seemed to go out of the window. the order for part replacements, took five weeks of waiting and follow-ups. I gez this is where flynrider goes right (at some points only). Even with basic services, the distributor seemed trying to avoid the warranty conditions, but more interested for you to void it ASAP. I wasn't even satisfied with the assembly, when they delivered my unit, with disconnected speedo cable, loose nuts and bolts, and bad electrical connections. During the first month, I just can't leave my bike under the rain, or I'll be pushing 150kgs of weight to the service center (not to mention my embarrassing condition while in the process.) Well, I got them all fixed now, and I'm enjoying my rides as I expected them to be.
All I'm trying to say is, I don't have any problem with the chinese boyz (engineers and manufacturers). The problem lies on our local boyz (importers, assemblers, distributors, service mechanics) here, who seemed to be more interested in the sales not on the quality. (dunno why they are heading to self-destruction this way. probably stupidity, datz all.)
Now that I got all my problems fixed, ask me about the performance. Hell with it! I just can't beat our neighbor with a Honda CB-1. What can a 200cc do against a 400cc anyways?
P.S.: I didn't know you also have a MotorStar company in your countries. I thought they're only in the Philippines. BTW, if you're getting a z200, don't forget to check it for loose things or disconnected things, so you could be a lot sure of itz Zongshen quality. And don't mind other bikes who'd suddenly speeds up when they got close to you. (It's only natural they get challenged by your looks.) I'm sure you'll thank me for telling you. RIDE SAFE, bro.