They seem quite good, most owners seem happy but for me they are a bit expensive and not too pretty. I've no idea why anyone would 'hate' them. I don't see that many out and about either TBH (mostly ride in the Lakes).
I fine it weird the way lots on here sem to have a downer on Hope and Orange. Not that I'm particularly patriotic, but I still find it good to see decent stuff being made locally, by companies that seem to actually care (Hope anyway, I have no experience of Orange).