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What’s a good first

Anybody who’s been for more than a week or so has axed this question. And of the time, the best response is to the questioner to something with a low lightweight, and a motor that too powerful. Lightweight cruisers are for this purpose, with low seats and less-than-powerful motors.

in the US of A, the land of free choice, we don’t have a lot of choices it comes to small, inexpensive Honda makes their 250 and it’s priced at just We tested it here in 1996, and it has declined in price since It has been basically unchanged 1985. It’s a dependable, bike, but it is slow and wobbly and tiny.

If you are very small it be a good choice, but I would prospective riders away it.

Yamaha also offers a this one an actual V-Twin the Virago. (A Virago is a loud, woman. I don’t know who it that, or why.) With an V-twin engine and modern (at the styling, we rode — and — the Yamaha in 1997.But it is a very small bike for an of $3,499, and although it’s than the Rebel, it didn’t blow us away: neither the nor the shrewish (funny, it doesn’t shrewish) little Virago more than 18 HP to the pavement.

also builds a 250CC the GZ250. MO hasn’t tested bike, but it seems a little and heavier than the Rebel and despite the fact that it just a single cylinder than a twin. It’s priced around the $3,000 at $3,199.

Enter the dragon. 2003, Kwang Yang Ltd. of Taiwan has offered buyers their Venox 250 as an alternative to the small Japanese But can the Chinese, with their reputation for bringing in cheap, knockoffs beat the Japanese with a higher-priced machine?

How does Kymco’s cruiser up to use in America?

Kymco is a large company located in Taiwan. 1963, they’ve been and exporting motorcycles and scooters For the last four years, been selling scooters and in the USA.

Unlike the myriad of bringing in zillions of no-name scooters and motorcycles to sell on and lawnmower shops across the Kymco takes its product and seriously, with an established network, parts support, and a warranty. They also try to compete by discounting; Kymco’s are priced similarly to their and European competition.

The Venox is only motorcycle offering in the US and is also the largest motorcycle make worldwide. It uses a modern, liquid-cooled, dual cam eight-valve engine with an 58 X 47.2 MM bore and …. 11.5:1 compression, the Venox makes 28 HP: a great deal than the Japanese 250cc do.

The 247cc motor is hung in a chassis reminiscent of the late-80’s Magna, complete with mufflers and a solid disc wheel. It’s similar to the Honda Magna 250, but inspection reveals important the Honda has a more oversquare is lighter, and has a shorter wheelbase. The tank is smaller as well.

possible Kymco makes the for Honda; they do license-build components and whole motorcycles for the company, but the Venox is a product and built by Kymco.

In fact, hired German firm Design to shape and style little cruiser, explaining its European looks. Naumann designed the sleek MZ 1000S, as as projects for Honda and Audi. a bold step for a company Kymco to use a fancy design like Naumann, but that underlines their seriousness and to producing cutting-edge products.

They won’t be resigned to cheap copies of existing and scooters.

The styling is so striking people actually stop you on the and at traffic lights, demanding to who makes this distinctive-looking Kymco adds to the confusion by the logos off this bike for the part. The tank is undecorated and is only an easy-to-remove Kymco on the front of the bottom triple to let admirers know who made the

It would be fun to tell people a prototype mini V-Rod, but the people have spies so I tell the truth.

On close this motorcycle is world in terms of build quality and fit and Everything is put together well. The levers and switches work and are solid. The switch pods are and polished metal. There are no or rattles, and everything works as it without the embarrassing failing and mismatched parts a rider encounter on some other brands.

Now that’s a V-Rod!

As far as and other niceties, the Venox is bare-bones. There is a passing but no clock. You get passenger footpegs and a strap, but no tachometer. There’s a but no temperature gauge; only a warning lamp.

The ignition key is with a Kymco logo and printed on it. The Venox has all the features need or expect from a cruiser.

There’s a bit of ugliness the long, skinny frame tubes and exposed radiator out but the big fork tubes and slick tank shrouds balance out. Chrome shock and the Fat Boy-style solid rear give the back end a beefy, appearance. The seat is low, a 27.5 claimed seat but might not be low enough for very riders.

The local dealer reports easy to shave the sides of the down to make it easy for to get their little feet on the ground.

The brakes are another surprise. Although there’s a single front disc, a two-piston caliper with a brake line. It has very feeling to it and slows the bike as as you’d want. The rear is a drum, which took stomping on to lock up.

This may be of the fat and grippy Maxxis Classic with a 150-section in the back, like a mid-sized cruiser.

aboard, the rider is greeted a flat, supportive seat and pegs and controls that are out in of the rider, but not so far that they the seating position feel or uncomfortable. After playing the ignition? for a few moments, you can switch the key on and up the little V-twin.

This comes to life with a racy shriek; definitely not run-of-the-mill 250cc cruiser I asked Curtis Fisher, of Mid-America Power Sports the Kansas City area dealer, why the bike is so loud. He me that they had removed the rivets on the muffler bezels, the baffles, [and] cut 2 inches the bezel.

The modification nets no in horsepower, but it does liven up the and is essentially free, aside the cost of the rivets. You can hear it in the clip. A stock Venox is quiet.

The cruiser definitely bigger than a 250 cruiser does. It has substantial heft and a solid feel to it. The brake and levers are non-adjustable: not so good for hands.

And the 418.5 pound *claimed* dry is a good deal heavier the competition as well.

However, if you may me to editorialize a bit here, I don’t a first bike should be a moped. I think a motorcyclist be properly trained before she her first bike. I’ve plenty of 200-pound scooters with less than 500 on them.

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Just having a bike is no excuse to start with no training, and with training a 400-pound motorcycle not feel overwhelming.

Even all that heft, the Venox’s motor pulls the bike a stop very nicely, smooth clutch engagement and progressive power delivery. The works fine, and at around-town the brakes are more than with good feel at the lever and minimal dive those beefy front The twin shocks in back very nice in their covers but have little and too little damping.

They deliver the big-cruiser experience by bumps straight to the rider’s and kidneys.

Now we get onto the freeway, I want to answer the question buyers will want to does this thing enough power to safely up with traffic? Will my end up as a Winnebago hood ornament if I get one of things for her? Well, not, because I held the wide open on I-435 for as as the little bike kept trying to keep up with on his MZ 1000S, which he does not with the flow of traffic.

not Kansas City flow of LA flow of traffic, yes.

The 250 kept accelerating past 90 MPH on flat ground, and it felt it would keep going if I had room, the re-baffled exhausts a very cool micro-Ducati behind me as the motor approached its rev limit. Twenty-eight horsepower is what a 250 Ninja makes, and are good for about 100 MPH. Of they do weigh about 80 less, so shave 10 MPH off of that, and to get to that speed much slowly than your friends.

Those of you over 180 might have a different of course!

At high speeds, the feels very stable. The rear wheel doesn’t affected by crosswind. As far as freeway goes, when some motors work hard, can quickly turn a ride a chore.

The Venox is definitely hard, but it takes it in stride Jack LaLane-like stoicism. The is there, but it’s not objectionable. protection is of course, minimal, but the position doesn’t put the rider spinnaker mode, so windblast is

But this bike is about not Autobahn top-speed runs, so how it cruise? On a twisty road, little bike really shine. The Venox likes to be like any other small motorcycle: with the engine near the rev limiter, keeping speeds up.

Ground clearance is for a cruiser; at least as good, if not than the Suzuki M50 Boulevard, VTX1800, or other cruisers ridden recently.

One of the best of the Venox is that it looks and like a much bigger The long wheelbase, wide solid chassis, and decent and suspension all add up to an entertaining ride. It the fluttery, lightweight feeling of the or Rebel by virtue of its additional and longer wheelbase.

You don’t have to allow for or wheel or fork flex you would on some cruisers, and enough ground clearance so you can it in pretty deep, if you want to. I that prospective Venox might not have racetrack first on their lists of features, but it is nice to have a feel safe and confident in all of riding situations.

By the end of my 80-plus test loop, I had chased up and down the local twisty tackled many miles of and ridden all around the bumpy, streets of Kansas City. I felt the little motorcycle to be in any practical way in the city or on twisty although I personally like more power on the freeways.

But how people drive in most of the country, 80 MPH is just fine, and a good handling, versatile bike is all you need. With a warranty (that Curtis he has never made a Venox on) and low $3,999 price of admission, the is a terrific value, as much as many of us will ever or want.

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