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2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i

2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i

The Urban Professional’s Maxi-Scooter

The Kwang Yang Motor Company doggedly pursues its share of the rather limited American scooter market with its new-for-2018 XCiting 400i ABS that replaced the 500 from 2017. Sporty looks and cornering performance are the hallmarks of the XCiting family — possibly from whence the rather uninspired name springs — and the factory continues that legacy with this newest model. A 42-degree lean angle and 35-horsepower mill point to great potential for shenaniganery, or at the very least, a non-boring commute. Sleek and slim, the new 400i most definitely departs from the dated “classic” scooter design, and is a thoroughly modern ride.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO XCiting 400i.

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2014 - 2018 KYMCO Like 200i

2014 - 2018 KYMCO Like 200i

It’s All About Storage Options

Retro designs that hail back to the ’60s and ’70s are all the rage right now, and the Kwang Yang Motor Company out of Taiwan is trying to capitalize on that phenomenon with the Like 200i. KYMCO brings retro design and contemporary performance together on this ride with a 163 cc power plant and disc brakes under a body that rocks an appealing, dated look.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Like 200i.

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2014 - 2018 KYMCO Compagno 110i

2014 - 2018 KYMCO Compagno 110i

About As Small As You Can Go Without Going 50 cc

The Kwang Yang Motor Company brings classic, Italian scooter style and modern performance together on the retro-flavored Compagno. This Taiwan-made ride sports a 112 cc mill that cranks out just shy of 10 ponies, and boasts electronic fuel injection with a quad-valve head.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Compagno 110i.

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KYMCO wants to create an electric eco-system

KYMCO wants to create an electric eco-system

With swappable batteries and public charge outlets

Founded in 1963 after splitting from Honda, KYMCO or Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd is a Taiwanese company that manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs for worldwide distribution. Known for its scooters majorly, KYMCO showcased a new breed of electric scooter platform at the recently concluded Tokyo International Motor Show.

Addressing the current issues faced by all electric two-wheelers, KYMCO has launched the Ionex Many EV that goes with their idea of modern support systems that include upgrading the infrastructure and battery management solutions. This eco-system will sustain the possibilities of having swappable battery management solutions that enhance the range and practicality of owning an electric scooter.

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2013 - 2018 KYMCO K-PIPE 125

2013 - 2018 KYMCO K-PIPE 125

Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.

The mini-streetbike market heats up with new competition to go head-to-head with the long-standing K-Pipe 125 from Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd — better known to us as the Taiwanese manufacturer, KYMCO — introduced not long ago to the U.S. market. Intended to be lightweight and fuel-efficient, the K-Pipe gives the pocket bike class — long dominated by Honda with the Grom and now with the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki — a viable, less expensive option. Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO K-Pipe 125.

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2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i

2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i

The New Kid In The Mid-Maxi Commuter-Scooter Market

The Kwang Yang Motor Company Ltd., in its quest to grab a slice of the relatively small U.S. scooter market, shook up its mid-maxi range for the 2018 model year with the addition of the all-new X-Town 300i ABS. It also dropped the Downtown and People from the 300i lineup, so the X-Town serves as KYMCO’s second-largest scooter in the U.S. market, second only to its Xciting 400i maxi-scoot. Built as an urban commuter, the X-Town sports a generous windshield and wide front fairing with enough underseat storage for a full-face bucket plus some bits and bobs, so you could definitely use it as a grocery-getter, or campus-commuter. The factory claims a total of 23.2 horsepower, so it has the chops to get out of its own way even at highway/interstate speeds. Is that enough to overcome our national apathy toward the genre? It’s hard to say for sure just yet, but we’re certainly free to speculate based on what we see so far, yeah?

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO X-Town 300i.

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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility

2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility

Very Narrow For Filtering Through Tight Places

The Kwang Yang Motor Company first brought its “Agility” scooter lineup to the domestic market back in 2007, and here it is a decade later and still going strong. It comes with a choice between a 49 cc and a 125 cc powerplant, but both models share the same sporty looks and Spartan appointments. Meant to serve as an entry-level ride, the Agility siblings keep things simple, clean and with nothing of the superfluous to clutter up the looks or drive up the price. I wanted to see what KYMCO is doing to try and keep these rides relevant.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Agility.

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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8

2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8

A Compact Dual-Sport Scooter

The Super 8 in both the 50 cc and 150 cc models have been around for a bit, and while some folks discount KYMCO as a serious manufacturer, it’s worth a look. KYMCO maintains a prominent presence in the Grand National Cross Country Series, a grueling off-road racing circuit that hosts long courses over a variety of rugged terrains, and serves as a sort of trial-by-fire for both rider and machine. If that isn’t a testament to quality, I don’t know what is. We lost the Super 8 "R" siblings going into last year, but let’s take a look and see how well KYMCO’s race prowess transitions to the scooter sector with its 2018 Super 8 “X” model duo.

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Kymco gets an interesting concept for its scooter dashboards.

Kymco gets an interesting concept for its scooter dashboards.

Get greeted by your favourite photo every time you decide to ride.

In the future, if the Taiwanese motorcycle manufacturer, Kymco, has its way, we might not have to wait until we complete our ride to check on important Facebook and WhatsApp messages.

All those notifications will be relayed straight to us onto the scooter’s dashboards via a customisable TFT screen that will also display a picture of our loved ones if we wish it to. It also does a whole bunch of other things.

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2014 - 2017 KYMCO People GT 300i

2014 - 2017 KYMCO People GT 300i

Limited Storage, No Space For A Helmet

KYMCO’s People GT 300i brings modern scootering capabilities to the market with EFI fuel delivery and 16-inch hoops all around. The mid-size engine churns out just under 30 horsepower and turns in a top speed somewhere around 85 mph depending on conditions, cargo and such. That’s plenty to qualify it to tackle what one might call “regular traffic” with confidence, and the 16-inch hoops help it handle like a larger machine. The factory calls it a GT, but I want to see if "GT" means Grand Touring or Gettn’-around Town.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO People GT 300i.

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2018 KYMCO Spade 150

2018 KYMCO Spade 150

Taiwanese motorcycle giant KYMCO (Kwang Yang Motor Co) adds to its MY18 motorcycle lineup with the pocket-size Spade 150. This bumps the total number of motorcycle products available in the U.S. up to five, and brings a decidedly ’70s flavor to the lineup. The funky little Spade packs a 12-horsepower thumper into a sporty and agile little frame with two-up capability for some cheap thrills and fuel-efficient transportation. I like to cover KYMCO’s products; the factory has really made some inroads into defeating the stigma attached to the “Made in China” label. Don’t believe it? I would make mention of the fact that Kawasaki and BMW both have partnerships with KYMCO, and if that isn’t an endorsement, I swear I don’t know what is.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Spade 150.

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2014 - 2017 KYMCO Xciting 500 Ri ABS

2014 - 2017 KYMCO Xciting 500 Ri ABS

The Kwang Yang Motor Company (KYMCO) continues its push into the maxi-scooter market with its largest current U.S. model, the Xciting 500 Ri ABS. KYMCO markets this machine as a tourer/commuter, and while it is pretty big for a scooter, KYMCO’s discontinued MyRoad 700i was bigger. Still, this beefy, not-so-little scooter is the factory’s plushest item and it comes with everything KYMCO has to offer, taking on some of the other, large-displacement touring scoots out there.

Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Xciting 500Ri.

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