Having owned a couple of chinese bikes and currently having a Lifan 200 GY-5 I will share what I have learned. First of all American Lifan and Lifan are not the same, if you buy an American Lifan from their dealer network you will get a warranty, MCO and a bill of sale. They definitely are EPA and DOT approved and each bike has the proper stickers attached. Now, not to mention any names but there are a lot of dealers that are selling direct imported bikes that are grey market. American Lifan will not recognize them and will not warrantly them, if your dealer wont supply parts, you are screwed. There is a big misconception about the cheaper bikes using Lifan Engines. Fact is most of them dont for one reason, they cost more. They may look the same and the dealers will say they are Lifan, but beware. Real Lifan 200cc engines are known as 163FML-2, OHC, the big givaway to a non Lifan engine is the stroke. This engine has a stroke of 63.5 x 62.2mm which is relatively long and contributes to it's low RPM torque. The Engines used on most of the bikes mentioned in these forums including the nice looking blue one with the gold inverted fork's are using non Lifan Engines. They look almost the same but their not, the biggest giveaway is the stroke, most of them are Jailing or Stannic short stroke engines, 63.0 x 43.0mm and 61x 49. 5mm. They may or may not have OHC and they are not up to Lifan Quality. The chinese are very good at copying another manufacturers product on the outside, but inside, Beware. Having worked on several of these clones I can say that the Lifan is the best of the bunch. The Engines are practically Bulletproof if properly maintained and the Steel used and the Weld Quality on their Frames are far above anything else I have seen. If you are looking for a bike check Lifan's website and get some registered dealer names from them, if you negotiate you can get one in the 1200.00-1400 range delivered and you wont have the Headache of trying to get it Registered or getting part's when you need them. Most dealers just have them drop shipped from American Lifan in Dallas, not a scooter shop! They do cost a little more, but remember, you get what you pay for!