2012 Kymco Downtown 200i First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i

2012 Kymco Downtown First Ride

Watch as tours the outskirts of the historic city of Charleston, South in the 2012 Kymco Downtown First Ride Video.

As gas creep ever closer to the mark, the American public once again look for to cut fuel costs. Not only is the escalation in the price of refined a reason to be frugal, but it also an excuse for previously hesitant buyers to step up to the dealership desk. I can hear it now, course I need to get this, it gets much better mileage than my truck.” No the reason or excuse, two-wheeled will increase as the price as the do the same.

One segment is sure to see an in sales is scooters (the MIC data already shows a rise in scooters through Q1 of ). The non-threatening, easy to operate of small-displacement scooters make an attractive option for the uninitiated to the world. Throw in near fuel mileage on the lower models and reasonable insurance and how could you not find a reason for a machine in your driveway.

The Kymco Downtown 200i is a do it all with great styling and par fit and finish.

MotoUSA was recently invited to the latest scoots from in historic Charleston, South It seemed like perfect for a test as I passed the gas station my Southern California home and in disgust as I saw $4.99 on the board. So I my bags and headed for the low country of the and some fuel-efficient fun.

we arrived in Charleston, we were with a cross section of the lineup that included the best-looking scooter in the bunch, the Introduced last year the 300i is now joined by a 200cc for the 2012 model year. Why Kymco build two scooters two displacements so close together?

likely it has to do with the tiered in the European and Asian markets, but insurance companies drop rates significantly when the size is below the 250cc mark.

Styled by Italian Massimo Zaniboni, the Downtown is wrapped in sharp lines look like they have been lifted off a Lamborghini. The four projector headlights and spacey taillights add a look to this scoot. The to detail on the 200i is impressive and Japanese manufacturer’s quality.

Chrome bezels and an LCD information make the dash easy on the as well as functional. A large, seat opens up to reveal

the large one-piece seat is room to hold two helmets or a bag for a trip out of town.

a storage large enough for two helmets. All the and gaps in the bodywork are consistent. details such as the watertight compartment in the dash and adjustable bring a quality feel was lacking in Kymco models of the

Under the stylized Downtown is a dual cradle steel holding a downsized SOHC fuel-injected engine. The oversquare mill sports both a bore and shorter … the larger 300i. The clutching on the CVT has been revised to work the smaller displacement of the 200i.

All mechanicals are identical to the 300cc we rode last year.

blocked out two days for us to explore the area as we saw fit on the Downtown 200i and rides in the line-up. With the report warning of storms on the we struck out while the sun was still and the skies were clear. our way from stoplight to stoplight on the the decreased displacement was apparent as the 300cc version would away from its smaller

It’s not that the 200cc is sluggish; it’s just not as as the bigger bore Downtown. In to other machines with engine size, the power is on the mark. Once rolling the 200cc mill purrs with little fanfare.

As Carolina is part of what is the low county, there is not much in the way of twists, or anything resembling a The roads are … straight, and 99% of the to get your lean on are at intersections. we were able to find a few surrounding a city park to out what happens when the leans over.

Laying the over is surprisingly easy to do your legs are in front of you than straddling the machine, as would be with a motorcycle. The skins wrapped around the front and 13-inch rear look wide

Once we found some turns we able to test the handling of the

but turn in nicely. Once in the the chassis is rock solid, the front end feels slightly Some of that numbness be attributed to the tall handlebars their swoopy cover.

In a line, no matter the speed, the is as stable as a freight train.

Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i

Slow-speed handling for the Kymco is nimble. The long, low sled can easy work of the ins and outs of traffic. Scooting around the back streets of Charleston what scooters do best duty.

City work is so more enjoyable when you have to paw at clutch lever at light. Throttle response was while modulating the right as we weaved around cars, trucks and horse drawn

The centuries old cobblestone streets and pavement gave us plenty of to test the suspension of the Downtown. The telescoping fork up front the bite out of potholes and speed but is a bit flexy. When balancing at a standstill the flex is most as the front end shakes like a full of jelly.

The rear end is with dual preload shocks that soaked up about anything we threw at it.

So the 200i has the go, but how is the stop? A single clamped with a 3-piston up front works with a disc matched with a caliper to haul the 367-pound down to speed with Last year on the Scoot to I remember the front lever of the 300 wooden and lacking feel.

However the units on the 200i we rode had great feedback a firm lever. The rear has less feel but was still average for the scooter world.

The Downtown 200i is well for exploring the small streets and roads of a city like South Carolina.

So performance and is important, but for scooter usability is as important. Creature comforts can or break a scoot as they are likely used for running and fighting snarled downtown and the Downtown delivers in some but misses in others. A large has room for two, however the area could be smaller to more legroom for the pilot. over 5’10” will issues with the cramped on the Downtown.

Just a few more on the seat would make a of difference in this department. the legroom thanks to the unfortunate position on the topside of the seat is a under the seat it’s all The storage area that is when you lift the seat can two helmets or a chicken dinner for

That space is great for to the store, but is also useful for on long trips. Up on the dash is a sealed compartment with a charger.

At an MSRP of $5199 the Downtown is not cheap, but is still less most of the 300cc models on the On the flip side the 150cc of scooters from Japan and are considerably cheaper. The Downtown is closer to the larger displacements which makes sense as it 90% or more with the Downtown

However time will if buyers will skip the 200i and pony up the extra for a hundred more cubes. I think the smaller Downtown is a scoot with more enough power for almost any I would step up to the 300i as my rates are low, and I always more power no matter how the wheels are.

Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i


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