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10 Things You NEED to Know About KYMCO Scooters

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When I was first shopping for a scooter, I ran across the Kymco brand. I had heard of it because an out of town friend had posted on social media about her Kymco Like. That was all I had. The word of mouth recommendation from a friend that had only owned it for a month or two at the time.

With a little more digging, I learned more about the brand, and the Kymco Like 150i actually made the shortlist for checking out when it was time to get serious about actually buying a scooter. I even bought one! I digress.

Let’s dive into the Kymco scooter brand information to better familiarize yourself with their scooters.

Is Kymco a Good Scooter?

Kymco scooters are good scooters. The brand has been making scooters since 1970 despite the name not immediately recognized in the US like the Vespa brand.

That said, Kymco is the 4th largest scooter manufacturer in terms of scooter market share in the US. They are the 2nd in Spain, 3rd in Italy (hello, Vespa-land), and 4th in Germany.

Kymco scooters come with a 24 month, unlimited miles warranty with service performed within their qualified dealer network. This is what had me willing to take the risk with what felt like an unknown brand to me at the time.

From personal experience, I have a Kymco Like 150i reviewed in detail. I got it in July of 2019. Still no issues!

Are Kymco Scooters Made by Honda?

Kymco scooters are made by Kymco, not Honda.

However, the Kymco company was formed as a spin-off from Honda in the 1960s. Originally, Kymco was a parts manufacturer FOR Honda. That’s where the confusion comes in. The history between them exists, but from a modern standpoint, there is not an ongoing relationship in the same manner.

The company made its first own scooter in 1970 but didn’t start marketing under the KYMCO name until 1992.

Is Kymco a Chinese Brand?

Kymco is a Taiwanese brand. They are headquartered in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

This question is usually asked by Americans in the context that the scooters that have a less reliable reputation come from China like the TaoTao brand, in particular. Hopefully this view changes for Kymco as more scooterists snap them up, but for this question regarding the Kymco, Kymco is a quality scooter brand based out of Taiwan.
They have manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines.

The Kymco USA division has sales, marketing, and distribution center in South Carolina with over 600 dealers in the US.

Are Kymco Scooters Reliable?

Yes, Kymco scooters have a reputation for being reliable. They are supported by a dealer network in the United States, and their scooters boast a 24-month warranty.

I own a 2018 Kymco Like 150i. Here is a review on it after 15 months of riding, but the short story for reliability is that I haven’t had to contact the dealer even once yet. I have a friend that has had hers a few months longer, and she is in the same boat. No issues, but she admittedly does not ride hers as frequently.

Where are Kymco Motor Scooters Made?

Kymco scooters are primarily made in the Asia Pacific region.

Kymco is based out of Taiwan with some manufacturing there, as well. They also have manufacturing facilities in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines to support their global distribution of scooters, ATVs, and mobility devices.

Where Can I Buy a Kymco Scooter?

Kymco scooters are sold through a dealer network. This is a similar distribution model to the other scooter brands that are known as reputable brands, as well. Here is a link to Kymco’s dealer locator to help you track one down.

Kymco scooters come with a 24-month warranty through a dealer, so don’t let working with a dealer be a turnoff. The scooters you can buy on Amazon don’t have that same backing.

What does KYMCO stand for?

I had no idea that KYMCO was an acronym, but the questions of the internet for the win here! KYMCO stands for Kwang Yang Motor Company (Co).

Is Kymco a Good Brand?

Yes, Kymco scooters and mopeds are known to be a quality brand globally despite not being immediately recognizable by circles in the United States. Despite not being well-known in the US, their scooters are still the 4th in terms of the market share of the scooters sold.

In addition, new Kymco scooters come with a 24-month dealer supported warranty. Oh, and it’s unlimited miles, too. I appreciate when a manufacturer will put their money where their mouth is like this.

Are Kymco Scooters Cheap?

Kymco scooters are not cheap.

I am assuming you’re coming from the standpoint asking if it is a cheap scooter as in a low quality scooter. Kymco is a good value, but as far as cheap, there are definitely cheaper scooters available. Think of those that you can buy on Amazon. Kymco scooters are quality scooters versus many cheaper alternatives.

Kymco scooters are sold through a dealer network that offers and handles the warranty for you. You won’t find that perk among actual cheap scooter brands.

If you compare scooters available in the US market, Kymco tends to have a much better feature set for the price. Check out this buying guide on scooters. Scroll towards the bottom and you’ll find a spreadsheet (with an instruction video) that lets you compare scooters. Consistently, the Kymco wins out for what you get for the money.

I actually categorize the Kymco Like 150i ABS as the best scooter for the money overall. It’s a great looking scooter with solid safety features, storage, and lots of pep.

2019 Kymco Like 150i (with a helmet under a cover)

Kymco Scooters Available in the US

Kymco makes a wide variety of scooters globally. However, in the United States, we have a more limited selection. This is similar to other scooter brands, though. I blame it on the fact that scooters are just not nearly as popular here as they are in other countries.

A prime example is that we have 1 Kymco maxi-scooter option in the US, but they make 4 sold internationally. They are introducing a 2nd maxi-scooter here in 2021, though. Options! Check out this guide on types of scooters if you’re not sure what a maxi-scooter is.

Kymco scooters available in the United States:

  • Agility (50cc + 125cc available)
  • Super 8 (50cc + 150cc available)
  • Like (50cc + 150cc available)
  • X-Town (300cc maxi-scooter)
  • AK550 (550cc maxi-scooter new to the US market in 2021)

The MSRP for the 50cc versions are just under $2,000 unless you opt for the electronic fuel injected Like which is $2,599.

Just over $2,000 gets you a 125 ($2,099) or 150cc ($2,299) scooter unless you opt for the electronic fuel injected Like which is $2,999.

The 300cc X-town is a maxi-scooter at $4,499. It is the least expensive maxi-scooter available in the US. However, it’s labeled as a 300cc, but it actually has a 276cc engine. That said, it is the cheapest maxi-scooter option by a reputable brand in the United States, but it doesn’t have the smallest motor in this class (Suzuki Burgman 200).

You can find the full line up of Kymco’s scooters here.

Check out the spreadsheet at the bottom of this post if you need help comparing scooters!

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