The Noodoe Smart system adds connectivity you don’t usually see at this price point

The Kwang Yang Motor Company (KYMCO) takes on some pretty heavy hitters in the low-displacement scooter market with its Like 150i. The Like carries itself with an overall modern look that borrows from classic influences with tasteful results. Power comes from a thumper that rocks electronic fuel injection to help the Like meet U.S. emission standards. At a glance, it looks like good basic transportation. Add the Noodoe Smart system for connectivity, and it becomes more than that.

  • 2017 - 2020 KYMCO Like 150i
  • Year:
    2017- 2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    150 cc
  • Top Speed:
    60 mph
  • Price:
    2999
  • Price:

KYMCO Like 150i Design

  • LED lighting
  • Center stand
  • USB port
  • Mediocre storage capacity
  • Noodoe Smart system
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The Like 150i leads the way with a clean front fender that mounts to the clamp so as to keep the unsprung weight down. A broad legshield clears the way to protect the rider’s stems, and it uses some subtle shapes in the sheet metal to gently break up the field and with a few badges, it has a more dressed-up look. Nothing gaudy or juvenile mind you, but tasteful in my humble opinion. Oh, and it has a classic flavor to it picked up by the cyclops headlight and handlebar fairing. It’s true that the light shape is a bit unusual, and not exactly like the classic round headlights from back in the day, but it still has the desired effect and certainly adds a dose of nostalgia.

Recessed turn signals complete the forward lighting, and as with the rest of the scoot, they rely on LED technology to get the job done. The backside of the headlight housing contains the all-digital instrumentation that steers the design into “futuristic-retro” territory. That’s the factory’s language, not mine, but it fits. Adding to the futuristic bent, the optional Noodoe Smart system connects to your smart phone and not only gives you weather and traffic information, but also puts text message and missed calls on the instrument display when you come to a stop.

Below the steering and controls, the inner fairing sports a wide, if shallow, glove box that will hold your mobile device and charge it via the USB port contained within the dry, secure compartment. A little further down the steering column is another door that conceals the fuel-filler cap. The 1.8-gallon tank rests under that oddly-thick deck, so it’s a short trip from the filler to the reservoir, and of course, placing the weight right there pulls the center-of-gravity right on down to improve handling, especially the low-speed kind.

Under the flip-up seat you’ll find the usual storage cubby, but if you’re looking for room for two helmets, you need to start researching a maxi-scoot, or a mini-max at the smallest. The Like 150i will stow a full-face bucket and a few sundry items dry, but that’s about it.

A few subtle details in the sheet metal along the flanks give the rear end the same understated look as the front for a nice continuity of design, and I guess the same could be said of the rearward lighting. It rocks bright LED emitters in a rather outrageous pattern that doesn’t conform to accepted norms. Does that count? A deep rear fender contains the spray from the rear wheel and mounts the tag to complete the equipment.

KYMCO Like 150i Chassis

  • Proper underframe
  • 33 mm front forks
  • Low-mounted fuel tank aids stability
  • ABS
  • Rear adjustable preload
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A proper underframe supports the structure rather than relying on the stressed-skin method. The factory beefed up the bones by dropping the old single-downtube arrangement in favor of a double-downtube/double-cradle frame that is much stiffer overall than the outgoing model.

Hydraulically-dampened 33 mm telescopic forks support the front end on 3.74 inches of travel while the swing-mount rear end falls under the control of a pair of coil-over rear shocks that deliver 3.39 inches of travel and come with adjustable preload to boot. I suppose that with 12-inch diameters, the cast wheels could be larger, but at the end of the day they fit well with the design and there is certainly something to be said for that.

Bless their hearts, the designers chucked on a modern hydraulic disc brake out back instead of the old drum brake, and both ends run a twin-pot anchor with ABS coverage all around. I know it would be easier to just chuck on a drum and call it done, so I have to give the factory its due credit here. A 110/70 and 130/70 hoop lines the front and rear rims, respectively, to round out the rolling chassis.

Frame: Upgraded Frame To Support ABS Function
Front Suspension/ Travel: 33 mm Telescopic Fork Legs/ 3.74"
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Twin Shocks With Preload Adjustment/ 3.39"
Rake/Trail: N/A
Front Brakes: 220 mm Single Rotor With Two-Piston Caliper, ABS
Tires-Rear: 130/70-12
Rear Brakes: 200 mm Single Rotor With Two-Piston Caliper, ABS
Tires-Front: 110/70-12

KYMCO Like 150i Drivetrain

  • 149.8 mm single-cylinder engine
  • Button start
  • 85 mpg fuel economy rating
  • Surprisingly quick
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Power for the Like 150i comes from the four-valve thumper that runs a 59 mm bore and 54.8 mm stroke for a total displacement of 149.8 cc, right up against the implied 150 cc mark. The valvetrain is both light and simple with a single over-head cam to take care of the business of timing the poppets. This plant is button-start only, so if you’re dead set on the romance of kicking your steed to life, this ain’t the scoot for you. For everyone else, this is good news indeed.

Electronic fuel injection meters the push-o-line to milk an economical 85 miles out of each gallon. As for the power figures, they are about what you’d expect. The little mill grinds out 8.7 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm with 13.5 horsepower that tops out at 9 grand, which the factory claims is 28 percent more power than the Super 8 150X. Forced-air cooling eliminates the waste heat, and that comes with the benefits of simplicity and lighter weight versus a liquid-cooled engine.

As usual for a scoot, a continuously-variable transmission uses a belt-and-pulley system to keep the engine in the usable power range with the expected twist-and-go operation and seamless, clutchless “shifting.” The factory doesn’t specify a top speed, but I expect it’s something around 60 mph, so you’re going to want to stay off the interstate, and watch your back on highways, too.

Engine: SOHC 4-Stroke, 4-Valve, Single Cylinder
Displacement: 149.8 cc
Bore x Stroke: 59 mm x 54.8 mm
Claimed Horsepower: 13.5 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Claimed Torque: 8.7 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Management System: Electronic Fuel Injection
Cooling: Forced Air
Ignition: Electric
Transmission: CVT Automatic

KYMCO Like 150i Pricing

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The 2020 Like 150i rolls for the low price of $2,999 (MSRP) with a two-year limited factory warranty. Adding the Noodoe Smart system bumps that up to $3,299.

Warranty: 2-Year Limited Factory Warranty (Extended Warranty Packages Available)
EPA/C.A.R.B. Compliant: Yes
Colors: Light Blue, Flat Orange, White
Price: $2,999 (With Noodoe: $3,299)

KYMCO Like 150i Competitors

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2019 - 2020 Vespa Sprint 150 Sport
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It’s fair to say that I didn’t pick the market, KYMCO did that, so I think it’s fair game to pull a couple of the biggest names in the game: Piaggio, and its Vespa division.

Vespa Sprint 150 Sport

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The Vespa Sprint 150 Sport brings genuine classic looks to the table along with a thoroughly modern riding experience. Retro design elements give the Sprint a nostalgic air that few can match, though in fairness, KYMCO does better than most with its clean neo-retro look.

Vespa claims more cubeage with 154.8 cc tucked away under the sheet metal, and while it does top the KYMCO plant in torque with 9.44 pound-feet versus 8.7 pound-feet, but KYMCO strikes back with more horsepower (13.5) than the 12.7-pony Vespa, so in the end, the power is a trade off. Vespa does offer a TFT multi-function display that is superior to the LCD readouts on the Like, and it claims almost 95 mpg for a clear victory in that department.

The Sprint takes a hit with a drum brake out back, even though it half makes up for it with a hydraulic brake up front, complete with ABS. The Italian ride clearly loses at the checkout though, bigly. At $5,749, the Sprint is significantly more expensive, but Piaggio was never one to use price as a selling point.

Read our review of the Vespa Sprint 150 Sport.

He Said

“I reckon I like the Like well enough. At the end of the day, fit-and-finish will be the main trade off for the price difference between the Like and the rest of the big-name builders. I gotta’ give KYMCO its props though, the look is just right, and evokes the sense of nostalgia for which the factory was no doubt hoping.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “A very smooth, snappy ride and surprisingly quick for a 150. It’s tall like a Vespa and taller riders tell me they don’t feel cramped. As you’d probably guess from the very affordable price that there’s a lot of plastic on the body, but for $3k, can I really complain? I would like to see a bit more storage, but a trip to the accessories catalog for a topcase might fit that bill. It’s not a bad little around-towner.”

KYMCO Like 150i Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: SOHC 4-Stroke, 4-Valve, Single Cylinder
Displacement: 149.8 cc
Bore x Stroke: 59 mm x 54.8 mm
Claimed Horsepower: 13.5 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Claimed Torque: 8.7 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Management System: Electronic Fuel Injection
Cooling: Forced Air
Ignition: Electric
Transmission: CVT Automatic
Chassis:
Frame: Upgraded Frame To Support ABS Function
Front Suspension/ Travel: 33 mm Telescopic Fork Legs/ 3.74"
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Twin Shocks With Preload Adjustment/ 3.39"
Rake/Trail: N/A
Front Brakes: 220 mm Single Rotor With Two-Piston Caliper, ABS
Rear Brakes: 200 mm Single Rotor With Two-Piston Caliper, ABS
Tires-Front: 110/70-12
Tires-Rear: 130/70-12
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 76.8"
Width: 27.2"
Height: 45.1"
Wheelbase: 51.8"
Claimed Dry Weight: 264 lbs
Seat Height: 31.1"
Underseat Storage: Yes, plus compartment in front leg shield
Fuel Capacity: 1.8 gal
Details:
Warranty: 2-Year Limited Factory Warranty (Extended Warranty Packages Available)
EPA/C.A.R.B. Compliant: Yes
Colors: Light Blue, Flat Orange, White
Price: $2,999 (With Noodoe: $3,299)

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TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read More
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