Mine and many other long term owners opinions.
Who or What is a Kymco?CLICK HERE:From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kymco is a Taiwanese scooter/atv and motorcycle manufacturer. They have been in business for over 40 years, primarily as a component and small engine manufacturer for Honda.
Kymco is the trade name for the Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd. The company manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs. It is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan. Founded in 1963, to make parts for Honda. Kymco's factory is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and has roughly 3000 employees. They produce over 480,000 machines per year. They also have overseas production factories in Jakarta (Indonesia), Shanghai, Changsha (China), and Chengdu(China).
Kymco's scooters are generally considered to be of relatively high quality.
In Australia Kymco scooters are branded as Bug Scooters.Products Scooters
The Bet & Win 250Cobra Cross 50
Cobra Racer 50
Dink 50 A/C
Bet & Win 50
People S 50
Super 9 A/C 50
Super 9 L/C 50
Vitality 50 (2T & 4T)
Top Boy 50 On/Off Road
Movie XL 125
Grand Dink 125
Bet & Win 125
People S 125
Grand Dink 150
Movie XL 150
Bet & Win 150
People S 200
Grand Dink 250 / Grand Vista in U.S.
Bet & Win 250
Xciting 500 MotorcyclesVenox 250 click here
Stryker 150 (on- and off-road)
Grand King 150
Hipster 125 4V (H/Bar and L/Bar)
Stryker 125 (on- and off-road)
Grand King 125
Activ 50/110/125 ATVs
KXR 250 (on-road)
MXer 150 (on-road)
MXer 125 (on-road)
y cualquier otra poronga...... External linksGlobal owners forum for Venox crusiers click here
Kymco factory web site
Kymco Motorcycles, Scooters and ATVs pictures
Kymco USA, distributor for the U.S.
It's just a cheap Chinese bike, right?
Wrong, this bike is Taiwanese. Despite the location and proximity to China it remains not to be one. In addition, the Kymco products are near, up to or exceed the quality of Honda products, whom they built for for over 35 years.
Is this bike actually worth the money?
It depends on what a motorcycle is worth to you. If you want fuel economy, ease of maintenance and cheap repairs, low costs for upkeep(oil, gas, insurance) and ease of maneuverability, then this bike is worth it. If you want something to just get you some learning experience and then to move onto something better, then this might not be the bike you are looking for.
Absolutly worth it ! For beginners or anyone who is not in love with "bigger is better" engine size. This bike will perform at and handle any posted USA speed limit right out of the box and with a few changes such as the RIGHT windshield and a rear sprocket change it gets even better.. Its a perfect bike for you if you ARE LOOKING TO LEARN. But we have also noticed the demographics of the owners show a huge percentage of older experianced riders.
How big is that engine? 500cc? 800cc?
Neither, it is a 250cc liquid cooled v-twin. The plates on the sides of the cylinder heads are just for show and contribute very little to helpful cooling of the bike.
"The plates on the sides " contribute NOTHING to the cooling of the engine.They are just for looks and in fact retard the cooling as they cover the cylinders outer surface.
How big is the gas tank?
3.7 gallons with a .7 gallon reserve.
There is NO reserve. A "idiot" light comes on when the 3.7 gal. tank gets down to .7 gal. There is no reserve switch to access a reserve tank.
How fast can it go?
Easily up to 70 mph. Anything over involves some ducking and gas cranking. I have a personal top speed of 83 mph on the Venox as of this writing. A top speed of 92 mph has been stated by Curtis Fisher of MidAmerica PowerSports Plus in Independence, MO in his test for the top speed. Notice that the top speed is without any modifications to the carbs, exhaust or decorum(i.e. windshield).
Easily over 80 mph right out of the box. What many "newbies" can not understand is the 5th gear is a "overdrive" so if riding into a stiff head wind or up steep hills you need to downshift to 4th.With a sprocket change and the RIGHT windshield the bike will reach over 95 mph.
How powerful is it?
28 crankshaft horsepower, 19 to 20 at the rear wheel, stock.
It has quick power as the 28 ponies is put out at 10,500 rpm. This is a high reving engine that likes to be pushed.
Is there anything you can do to make it more powerful?
Yes, the mechanic at MAPSP, Dan Prindle, has performed a carbuerator modification and an exhaust modification resulting in an additional 3.5 horsepower at the rear wheel.
MSAP is closed, so this is no longer an option!!
A more simple and cheaper mod. is to just change the rear sprocket to make 5th gear a power gear instead of an "overdrive".
FITH GEAR CUSTOMS is currently developing a simple bolt on exhaust system due to be out early in 2007. How this may increase the performance is unknown at this point.
What is the gas mileage like?
Venox owners report 60+mpg, my mileage though is around 49 mpg, due to the mods and my heavy hand
Correct. The sprocket change will drop about 3 points off your gas milage.
So can it go a good distance?
Theoretically, it has a max range of 180 miles before reaching reserve. An estimated 40 or so miles more until empty, but your mileage may vary.
Theoretically, it has a max range of 222 miles right out of the box. No reserve, see above.
Is this bike ideal for my yearly tour up to Sturgis?
Recommended only for a solo ride. I personally have not ridden much with a second rider, while other Venox owners have. But, in my humble opinion, due to the lack of available passing power, storage and fuel capacity compared to the larger bikes make the Venox ideal for touring within a reasonable distance around your home. Ok to go from KCMO to Chicago, but not all the way to New York or Vegas. I'm not saying it couldn't be done, I'm just saying that it would be somewhat difficult, due to its limited touring range.
Do not agree with some of the above statments. The comfort of the venox is excellent. Fair seat, nice upright position and when you add a gel pad for the really long distances and a "CRUSIER BAG/BACKREST" you can go all day.I have gotten milage of 66 mpg at 55mph - 65mph on the long streaches of highways which equals to 244 miles between fill-ups.(I have an areodynamic windshield and no milage robbing un- needed exhaust mods) Any bike that gets over 200 miles between fill-ups is all you would need. As most riders stop to streach or see the sights before they go farther then that. 3 plus hours on any bike and its time to take a break.
Kymco did increase the tank from the Honda Magna 250 which this bike is based on. Increasing the size about 1 gallon.The only problem for the passenger is the rear "papillion" will not be liked for these long distances.
How fast is this bike compared to some cars or other bikes?
The Venox can be on the par in acceleration with a car such as a Civic SI, Corolla, Cobalt, various Saturns and all the big suvs. I have out accelerated many posuers in their stupidly-useless-vehicles before and I can do it any day of the week in the city. Highway only matters when it comes to traffic.
The Venox also compared favorably, in acceleration and cornering, to many large displacement air-cooled cruisers, such as the H-D 883 Sportster, Honda Shadow 650 and other similar bikes.
The Venox is very quick from a standing stop and how it will compare to "others" depends on your ability to handle quick and effecient shifts and how much you want to kill your mpg #'s. The high reving engine loves to be pushed.
How many miles have you ridden your Venox since you got it?
I got my Venox on my birthday, June 29, 2005 (a gift to myself), and since then, up until now(11/15/2005), I have ridden over 3700 miles.
I have averaged over 10,000 almost completly trouble free miles per year over the past 4 years. The NOX has never let me down on the road ever and I only ride, I NEVER drive, rain or shine, hot or cold.This bike does not have many of the "new bike bugs" as its based on the Honda Magna 250 which was around overseas from "about" 1995-2002 the year the Venox was released.