Going to put all of this into a single page at some point. For now, 4 posts, links to each below.
All my experience with a Sinnis Trackstar to refer people too whenever the question of ‘whats that bike like?’ too refer too.
Part 1 –
Bike at time of writing
Reasons for buying
My experience and opinion so far
Part 2 –
Things that what I think are commons issues things
Part 3 –
The customer service experience
Part 4 –
The giant explosiony electrical boom of doom & subsequent nuclear fallout
About Sinnis : Sinnis are Brighton UK based, use Suzuki GN based licensed engines, and sell badged bikes from Quingi. I believe some of their models are ‘almost’ the same as some other brands (Pulse springs to mind). From what I understand, Sinnis’ owner’s brother (or another family relation of some sort) is actually over in China land doing the QC. Hence why Sinnis seem to be a notch above the bad Chinese bikes.
My bike at time of writing :
Max speed during running in : 30mph?
Max speed the bike feels unstrained : 40mph-45mph
Max speed the bike goes : 60mph-65mph
Max speed the bike goes off a cliff : Maybe 85mph-95mph – Untested
My reason for buying
My original reason for buying was I have a habit of having bikes vanish. I live near Hayes End, and anything sporty, supermoto, or off road is taken away in the middle of the night by magic elves who usually leave them in hedges, fields, or piles of ash. I have no garage, so I wanted something cheap to do a painfully long slow trek into work and back every day that did not look like thief bait. The intention of moving home or getting a garage and getting something a bit silly for the weekends at a later date (bonkers 2 strokes appeal greatly to me for weekend fun Smile ).
My experience and opinion so far
I kept the bike longer than intended and it has pleasantly suprised me. I never got a 2nd bike as I never moved to a nice area. I still live in an area where bikes reguarly get taken by the magical night time motorbike pixies.
For the bikes first year it was used pretty much entirely on a run filtering 200 mile a week through London up the A40 & A406. It then got used on a different commute either filtering through town or around the M25.
Outside of commuting, I also took her from Londons Ace Cafe to the main Ace Cafe rallies. Brighton burn up, Margate meltdon, Hastings 1066, Southend shakedown. It has also done a 450 mile run up to and around Norfolk. For a 4 poke 125, its gotten about in the last year!
I have done all my own servicing scince about 4000km (3000 mile?). The warranty is quite hot on services every 2k. I am a mechanical noob and have stumbled through working from a Haynes Manual. It is happy so far.
I treat the bike OK. I haven’t given her any ACF50. I ride her daily. I did give her a 2 minute wipe down on the really salty days after journeys (the engine was actually white with salt, I wouldn’t leave that much salt on any bike!). I give her fresh oil every 1000km (about £5 of Castrol, 750ml, usually bought in 4 litre bottles). Filters get changed every 2000km (£6 total for a K&N 131 oil filter and foam TNT air filter). I clean her most weekends with a dry cleaning fluid stuff from Halfrauds (Triplewax Waterless Wash & Shine). The original chain was a twat and needed tightening reguarly. About every 300km-500km. You can fit a super HD gold chain and sprocket for £80. When your first chain dies, just get a good one. Up to 21k miles, I had to adjust the valves onces.
I do not rag the feck out of it, but do ride her hard in town and reguarly use NSL roads and motorways.
Original tyres were Kingstones, which lasted 15k (km), and still had tread on them. 250-300km a week of filtering. I fancied a change and was going on some longer twistier journeys last year so changed the Kingstones for Conti Go’s. They cost about £90 for a pair fitted. I assume they are called Conti Gos because they like to Conti ‘let’ Go in the wet. In the dry I did notice a very positive difference though.
Parts are available. A guy I know on Tweeter crashed his Apache, replaced half the bikes disposables, was riding again a week later. I am told for difficult parts you have to wait a week or two. I have had to order basic parts and with 1 exception (see Part 3 – Customer Service Experience) they have all came next day. Parts were rear brake lever, front brake lever, rear rack, and some disposables (filters & such before I hit eBay).
I give the exhaust a quick clean, no scrubbing, and half a tin of Hammerite every 8 months. It doesnt look shabby.
The Haynes Chinese Motorcycle manual is the correct manual for this bike.
Mechanically the only break downs I have had have been punctures. The only issue I have had outside of punctures is an electrical issue, which despite being 1 small wire, I turned into a big electrical explosion of doom (see part – electrical explosion of doom for more details.
I am often up the Ace Cafe on a Sunday, and am happy to come play at weekends to show anyone interested in it.