2013 - 2018 KYMCO K-PIPE 125
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.
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2018 KYMCO X-Town 300i
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?
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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility
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.
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2018 KYMCO Xciting 400i
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.
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2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8
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.
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.
2014 - 2017 KYMCO People GT 300i
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.
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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.
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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.
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Engineers down at the Kwang Yang Motor Company built the Downtown 300i to plug a hole between the nearly motorcycle-like maxi scooters, and the campus runabout 50 cc variety. As indicated by the name, this scoot runs a nearly 300 cc mill that pushes into entry-level motorcycle territory and can get the rig up to around 90 mph or so — plenty for highways and interstates. Storage options couple with rider protection to make it a viable commuter as well as a light tourer, and KYMCO’s accessory catalog can expand those capabilities even further. In spite of its success both in the scooter sector and as a manufacturer of outsourced engines for BMW and Kawasaki, KYMCO remains relatively unknown in the U.S. market, but that’s gonna change.
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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. To anyone questioning the quality of the engineering and craftmanship, I would point out that KYMCO was chosen by none other than BMW to provide the range-extenders for its hybrid-drive i3, and it also entered a partnership with Kawasaki back in ’13 to produce the J300 scooter. In short, this isn’t the stereotypical knockoff brand, but a company that tries to produce a quality product— and lots of it too with something over a half-million units per year rolling off its assembly lines.
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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. Early on, the factory produced parts for Honda, and since splitting off to produce its own machines, has scored a gig building engines for none other than BMW — engines that power one of Beemer’s Enduro bikes as well as it’s hybrid-drive i3 model. That’s some pretty august company, and it just goes to illustrate a certain capability on KYMCO’s part, so this isn’t a company to dismiss as another cheap Chinese scooter company.
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The Kwang Yang Motor Company has been at it since it splintered off from Honda back in 1963. Not only does it still make components, and even entire engines, for Honda as well as Kawasaki and BMW, it maintains its own presence in the market with a full line of small- to mid-displacement vehicles. Today I’m going to take a look at its flagship business-class scooter, the MYROAD700i, that rolls with almost 700 cubes and sports a classy look that is a good fit with the current maxi-scooter market. This is an important genre, as more aging Boomers retire from the “regular” motorcycle scene and look to machines that are more easily managed without the ride turning into a wrestling match, and more young urban dwellers who are simply looking for alternatives to the traditional car-centric modes of transportation.
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All new Sport performance ATV from KYMCO with all the big time 4 wheel drive features of a go-anywhere utility Quad. Featuring an 442cc, liquid cooled engine, automatic CVT transmission, low-maintenance shaft-final-drive, shift on a fly 2WD and 4WD and our class leading sport tuned independent rear suspension to smooth out the ride, the new Maxxer will conquer any trail. The dramatic sport race styled design and black highlighted polished aluminum alloy wheels deliver instant (...)
The Mongoose 90S is a slick youth-sized sport quad that comes with serious GNCC and ATV Motorcross racing credentials. Powered by an air-cooled and carbureted 89cc 4-stroke engine, and operated via an easy to use automatic CVT with F-N-R, the chain-drive Mongoose features a single A-arm front and swingarm rear suspension mated to preload adjustable shocks, 18x7-8 front/18x9-8 rear tires, and front drum and rear disc brakes with safety lock. Electric start makes it a cinch to fire (...)
The Mongoose 70S is a slick youth-sized sport quad comes with serious GNCC and ATV Motorcross racing credentials. Powered by an air-cooled and carbureted 69cc 4-stroke engine, and operated via an easy to use automatic CVT, the chain-drive Mongoose features a single A-arm front and swingarm rear suspension mated to preload adjustable shocks, 16x8-7 front/16x8-7 rear tires, and front drum and rear disc brakes with safety lock. Electric start makes it a cinch to fire up and an (...)
Ducati Corse, the Italian motorcycle brand’s racing team division, has signed a partnership deal with KYMCO, making the latter the official scooter supplier of Ducati’s MotoGP and World Superbike squads.
As part of the arrangement between the two sides, KYMCO will be supplying a handful of its Agility R16 50 4T + scooters to Ducati Corse where they will presumably be used in the MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks. Apparently, these Agility R16 50 4T + scooters are also being treated to a Ducati makeover featuring rider-specific liveries being used by the team’s MotoGP and WSBK riders.
You’ll be able to tell the difference between the sets of Agility R16 50 4T + scooters that will be used in MotoGP and World Superbike. The Ducati MotoGP team will be using Agility R16 50 4T + scooters dressed in the team’s official red and white matte livery whereas the scooters that will be used by the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike team in the WSBK will be dressed up in the team’s famous red and black livery.
Unfortunately, KYMCO isn’t planning to put versions of these scooters for sale, even as limited editions. So if you we’re thinking of scoring any one of these KYMCO-scooters-dressed-up-as-Ducatis, you’re going to be out of luck.
Then again, if Ducati had its own line of scooters to begin with, it wouldn’t have the need to partner with a scooter company like KYMCO. But yeah, that’s an entirely different can of worms.
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Despite finally entering the scooter market in 2013 with the launch of the J300, there are still pockets of people who believe that Kawasaki isn’t planning to dive into the scooter market just yet.
After all, the J300 was pretty much a rebranded Kymco Downtown 300i that pretty much used Kymco’s own parts and technology. But with recent reports that Kawasaki has filed trademarks for the names “J500” and “J125,” it begs the question: is Kawasaki finally willing to invest its own research and development into developing its own scooters?
I don’t know what the answer to that is, but if you were to ask me, I wouldn’t count on it, at least not yet.
See, Kymco, in addition to having a partnership with Kawasaki that gave birth to the J300, has a lot of scooters in its lineup, so much so that it’s basically one of the company’s calling cards. The trademark of the J125 and J500 names is also curious because Kymco actually has its own models - the G-Dink 125i and the Xciting 500 Ri - that can be rebadged as Kawasaki models. 125? 500? Seems like a fit, doesn’t it?
Again, neither Kymco nor Kawasaki have confirmed any plans of partnering for two more scooters. But you know what they say, if there’s smoke, there must be fire.
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Affordable, efficient and unstoppable, the 2015 Kymco Mangoose 300 is a compact ATV that will make you fall in love with it from the first sight.
The 2015 Kymco Mongoose 300 is powered by a 4 stroke water cooled, SOHC engine with a displacement of 270cc. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 18.3hp and is mated on an automatic CVT transmission.
Other notable features offered by the Kymco Mongoose 300 include disc brakes, headlight and taillight, aluminum wheels, 7.25" Ground Clearance and C.A.R.B. Certified with USFS-Approved Spark Arrestor.
The Kymco Mongoose 300 is offered with a choice of two colors, namely Red and Black and it can be yours for no less than $3,849.
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The Kymco CK 125 was developed with practicality and efficiency in mind. It is propelled by a smooth 125 cc, 4 stroke, air cooled engine which is fueled by a 16 liters fuel tank. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel by means of a five speed transmission.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include a luggage rack, twin shocks with adjustable pre-load, electric start with kick back-up and side centre stands.
The KYMCO CK 125 rides on 18 inch front and 16 inch rear alloy wheels wrapped in 2.75-18 front and 3.50-16 rear tyres.
The stopping power is handled by front discs and rear drum brakes.
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Despite its pretty affordable price, the Kymco Venox 250 is a fairly attractive roadster that features a bold style, good ergonomics and modern technologies.
Talking about technologies, the Kymco Venox 250 is propelled by a 249.4 cc, 4 stroke, DOHC, V-twin, liquid cooled engine which is linked to a five speed gearbox. The engine needs to deal with a weight of 175 kg and is fueled by a 14 liters fuel tank.
The motorcycle’s stopping power is handled by a front disc brake with braided line and Twin-piston brake caliper.
As far as wheels are concerned, the Kymco Venox 250 sits on 17 inch front and 15 inch rear wheels wrapped in 110/80-17 and 150/80-15 tyres, respectively.
Once on board you are greeted by a tank mounted speedometer with electronic warning lights, an ergonomically designed handle bar, luggage tie down points and a comfortable pillion seat and foot peg combination.
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Equipped with a wide range of features and useful accessories, the Kymco UXV 700i Limited Edition is ready for adventure every type you want to have some fun.
As far as power is concerned, the vehicle is equipped with a strong 695 cc, SOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valve W/EFI engine with a displacement of 695 cc. The engine cranks out a maximum output of 45 hp and is paired with a CVT automatic transmission.
Like any respectable off roader, the Kymco UXV 700i LE features gives you the possibility to switch effortless between 2WD and 4WD modes by means of a convenient push-button.
Perhaps it goes without saying that the UXV 700i LE also comes with a rugged cargo bed with a capacity of 420-lb.-capacity.
Other notable features include a 2-inch receiver hitch, alloy wheels, 3,000-lb. winch, hard top, full soft enclosure, windshield, tilting cargo bed and dual beverage holder.
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If you love outdoor adventures then you’ll certainly like the Kymco UXV 700i HE as it has all it needs to help you deal effortless with any type of terrain.
This capable side by side is built around a 695 cc, SOHC, 4 stroke, 4 valve W/EFI engine which cranks out a maximum power of 45 hp. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and can tow up to 1200 Lb.
For enhanced practicality, the UXV 700i HE is comes with 2 inch hitch receiver and a spacious, hydraulic tilting cargo bed with a capacity of 420 lb.
You also get front and rear independent Dual A-arm suspensions, adjustable oil dampened shocks and a multi-function digital instrument display.
The Kymco UXV 700i HE is offered with a base price of $11,399.
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