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

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by Allyn Hinton, onFebruary 22, 2018, 20:34LISTEN09:07

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

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


One thing KYMCO did right was the 17-inch wheels; the 12-inchers on the Z125 just look almost cartoonish by comparison.
As loathe as I am khổng lồ call these monkey bikes,” that seems to be what folks want to lớn điện thoại tư vấn these little street bikes. I disagree, though they are still rather niche. Since the Hondomain authority Grom gets so much attention & press, I decided to take a look at Kawasaki’s new-from-2017 entry inlớn the pocket xe đạp market, the Z125 Pro. Yeah, K-Pipe might be more of a match up for the SSR Motorsports Razkull 125, but I’m gonmãng cầu go with the Kawi this time.

While KYMCO definitely gives the K-Pipe a sportxe đạp stance, Kawasaki gives the Pro features common lớn its larger rides. The headlight housing, inverted front forks, engine shrouds & chin fairing all would fit in on up the range, but from that point baông xã the truncated nature of the ride dominates the looks. In that way, the K-pipe looks more naturally proportioned, và the Pro comes off looking like a bit of a Frankenstein.

Engine design is fairly similar, with both rides running four-cycle, air-cooled, single-cylinder mills. Kawasaki steps it up a bit with electronic fuel injection instead of carburetors, which is a plus lớn many, but I still prefer a carb, ’cause at least I can work on it. As you might imagine, power numbers are very similar. KYMCO manages to get 8 ponies and 6.3 pounds of grunt out of its plant, và Kawasaki does just the tiniest bit better with 8.3 ponies and 6.5 pounds. Tiny win for Kawasaki.

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The Z125 comes off looking a lot more sturdy when we consider the suspension components, namely the confidence-inspiring, inverted front forks và preload-adjustable monoshoông xã in back. It also sports disc brakes all around, opposed khổng lồ the disc/drum full bộ on the K-Pipe. One thing KYMCO did right was the 17-inch wheels; the 12-inchers on the Z125 just look almost cartoonish by comparison. All in all, Kawasaki’s experience shows in the chassis, và seems to lớn make for a more solid ride.

KYMCO picks up a win at the till. At only $1,999, the K-Pipe wins the race lớn the bottom with the Z125 Pro clocking in at half-again more with its $2,999 sticker. Riders looking for absolute bargain-basement transportation might find a match with the K-Pipe, but I think if you want to really have something that will stand up khổng lồ the abuse associated with “fun,” the extra grand for the Pro might be the way lớn go.

He Said

My husb& & fellow motorcycle writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Ya know, it’s a xinh đẹp little thing, but not as dễ thương as the Grom or Pro, & it’s much more a scooter on steroids than the other two. Not saying that’s a bad thing, just calling it lượt thích it is. I can see this as perhaps a trainer, or maybe a commuter somewhere that has a large scooter culture, but beyond that, it doesn’t really have sầu a lot of practicality.”

She Said

“As some of you are aware,KYMCO has been making a K-Pipe 50 and K-Pipe 125 for a while. It’s only recently come to lớn the U.S. market. In năm nhâm thìn, Hondomain authority had some competition for its Grom, and competition is always good for the buyers. For anyone skeptical about whether KYMCO can make a reliable product, rethành viên that it’s a Taiwanese company — not mainlvà China, although that’s not always a bad thing, either — & KYMCO has had a hvà in a lot of the smaller engines used by some of the Big Four manufacturers.”


Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine:123.7cc Air-Cooled Single Cylinder Four Stroke
Bore và Stroke:54 milimet x 54 mm
Horsepower:8 hp
6,000 rpm
Compression Ratio:8.6:1
Fuel Management:Carburetor
Valve Train:SOHC; Two Valves Per Cylinder
Transmission:Four-Speed Manual/Semi-Automatic
Final Drive:Chain
Front Suspension:Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension:Mono Shock
Tires - Front:2.75-17
Tires - Rear:3.50-17
Brakes - Front:Twin Piston Caliper 276 mm Single Disc
Brakes - Rear:Drum
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length:76.4 inches
Width:37 inches
Height:41.3 inches
Wheelbase:50.8 inches
Dry Weight:224.4lbs.
Seat Height:31 inches
Fuel Capacity:1.2 Gal.
Estimated MPG:70 mpg est (based on EPA data)
Emissions:Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due khổng lồ emissions equipment.
Warranty:2 - Year Factory Warranty, extended coverage available with KYMCO extended protection plan.
Colors:Red, Pearl White, Black