I love DB and mine is a Curacoa with an HT motor on it. I think Kerf's was one of the first off-shore productions in Japan? They were still nice then! DB signed contract w/ WM and they are now available there. I think the newer ones are made in China? With China, comes weaker steel, quick production and cheaper price. Plain and simple! Not bashing WM bikes, because they give great value to people who pedal, but I wouldn't put a motor on one! If you do, as many have suggested earlier, go through it and stay on it! -- Bicycles, Bike parts, Mountain Bikes, BMX, Road Bikes, Haro Bikes, KHS Bikes, Felt Bikes at Niagara Cycle Works is a great source for parts! They are right around the corner from me! If our Government would do the right thing and impose tariff upon foreign goods equal to what foreign governments do to our stuff, we might witness the return of an American made bicycle. Spad wrote in an earlier post, "Bush killed the economy". It wasn't just Bush Brother! It was Gingrich and Clinton that signed us into the unfair trade agreements we have today! Bush's tax cuts just allowed companies to move off shore while unfairly giving them tax breaks and Coroporate welfare for saying they were US based!