Sachs Express Review

Welcome to the Sachs Express ‘review’. I couldn’t another word to describe this post hence ‘review’. Anyway, unlike the other Sachs models the Express is rather boring.  The Express has apparently been designed by Sachs as a retro style model but completely manufactured in China. A lot of great gear comes from the country these days but let’s generalise, it has yet to develop a reputation of high end quality for a completed product. So when I checked out the Express parked in the city I was surprised at its build quality considering the bargain basement price of under $200 when released. 

Since I haven’t seen one at a new motorcycle dealer as the time of writing in 2012 hence I presume that they can no longer be purchased at least in Australia).  The truth is that not many people want this type of motorcycle regardless of price in this country. Motorcycle rider training organisations  may buy them but they tend to choose known models…  Furthermore as a generalisation we definitely prefer the sports motorcycles in terms of looks with at least 250cc – a by product of the years of learner regulations. These 250cc and smaller are the Corolla’s of our motorcycle world at this time. Unfortunately the Express does not fall into the same category hence off the majority of purchasers shopping lists. 

As mentioned before in isolation the Sachs Express looks like a decent commuter and learner motorcycle. It appears well made as any other cheap motorcycle with good quality parts and the complete motorcycle package. Hence there are other factors that have prevented the model from gaining some sort sales traction?  

Overall the Sachs Express is simply a cheap motorcycle with a European badge, that unfortunately does not mean anything for most would be purchasers. If only they made for memorable bike like the Madass for this class. If you can find one it should be a reasonable purchase since it is an unknown model.

Sachs Express Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve (Carbs)
Capacity:  150cc
Power/Torque:  8.8Kw @ 8,500 RPM NA Nm @ 6000 RPM 
Gearbox:   5 speed
Kerb Weight:  Approx 138kg
Performance:  0-100kph 10 seconds Approx
Max Speed 110Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   12 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  760mm
Dimensions: L2040 X W720 X H1110mm
 Recommended Retail Price:   $1990