I am buying my son his first dirt bike soon. I see that a new Honda CRF70 goes for $1600 or so once you add in the dealer prep fee. I've also seen the ads for a Baja 70 (at Pep Boys autoparts stores) for around $500. I would like advice on which to purchase. I've never owned a dirt bike nor do I know how to repair them should I have mechanical problems. I am inclined to roll the dice an buy the less expensive Baja...but the old adage, "you get what you pay for" is making my decision difficult.
If anyone has personal, first hand experience or knows others who have owned a Baja.......I would surely appreciate your advice. Thanks
Firstly - you must realize that you're dealing with *Pep Boys* here. I have never had them do anything correctly for me; I even worked for them as a service writer for a time. Speaking from experience, I would not trust anything that had ANY moving parts from a Pep Boys.
Secondly - Pep Boys does not offer any type of service contract or warranty coverage for BAJA bikes. Their mechanics are not motorcycle mechanics; they're not even real mechanics in most cases. Most stores only actually have one ASE Certified mech on staff...the rest are just installers or do whatever the ASE guy tells them to do.
Thirdly - You hit the nail on the head. You DO get what you pay for. The Honda will outlast and outperform the Baja. You also get support from a major motor company with dealership service centers. With the Baja you've got to send it back to them if you've got issues...I don't think they have any shops that they deal with. Only Pep Boys sells them and they will tell you themselves that you're SOL if you've got an issue.
But hey...if you think the kid will lose interest soon anyway, or that he'll outgrow it (physically, not meaning that he'll increase in skill enough) then maybe it's not so bad. Just don't expect anything more than a cheap ass piece of machinery made with second rate materials and assembled by completely untrained Pep Boys employees. Unless you get the model in a box, in which case you assemble it. You already said you're not handy.
Just pony up for the Honda. You'll be damn glad that you did down the line.