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Kymco Downtown 300i

Review of the Kymco Downtown

It’s kind of unusual for us to two reviews of similar scooters in the of a few weeks. We just completed our People GTi300 review. and the Downtown 300i became No complaints here, both are a lot of fun to ride. The Downtown 300i like a modern maxi-scooter, but lighter than any maxi in class.

It certainly has highway and would make a good for touring ( with some luggage ). It’s also enough for easy riding at speeds. The Downtown 300i is not its faults, but it certainly looks Kymco dealers will another winner in their

Kymco ( Kwang Yang Company ) was established in Taiwan in Over the years they grown to be one of the premiere scooter/motorcycle in a country that’s not lacking it comes to world-class product For a little over a decade Kymco has been selling in the US ( under their own name ) and have built an impressive network.

The lineage of the Downtown can be to the Kymco Dink. Yes, right and, no, they bring those scooters the USA under THAT name. The is probably closest in design to the Grand Dink ( Grand here, and that’s what call it from now on ) with a Kymco Xciting thrown in for measure.

Bob Hedstrom at Scooterville me over and let me uncrate the Downtown I believe going over a starting with it’s container is a good indication of the quality of the machine. Kymco is near the top of the heap in this

The Downtown 300i was packed in a way that included ( relative ) of final assembly and protection of the Under the supervision of Neil ( Scooterville’s Service Manager ) the wheel was, eventually, installed and the pre-delivery process was Charge up and install the battery, gas up the tank, and the Downtown 300i right up.

Man, I just high quality fuel scooters.

Speedometer Reading/Speed/Fuel

Step one, attach GPS for testing. On some scooters can be a challenge, but the mirror stalk the mount like it was meant to be Just like the Kymco GTi300, the Downtown was a pleasant so far as speedometer and odometer accuracy is Most scooters I test are optimistic ( 10% — 15% on average ) but the came in at about 3% optimistic.

At an speed of 60 MPH the actual speed was 58 The odometer was just about on, showing 10.1 miles a GPS verified 10.0 miles. was a new machine, so I didn’t push the to search out the absolute top speed but I did see a GPS 86 MPH with just a touch of a

After break-in I would something darn close to 90 MPH as the top end for the Downtown 300i. In the course of a few I rode 200+ miles and city and highway routes, the majority of miles were at speeds. The overall fuel was 69 MPG which I consider more adequate for a scooter with level of performance capabilities. In my of the Kymco People GTi 300.

I got 72 MPG but those miles were at highway speeds. If ridden at speeds without a lot of hard one could probably see 80 MPG. Of WHY anyone would NOT accelerate hard on this machine be a mystery to me.


The Kymco 300i is powered by a 299cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC powerplant. Twenty-nine horses get to the wheel by means of an automatic CVT ( Variable Transmission ). Suspension is by a telescopic fork in the front and shocks in the rear. Braking is by front and rear.

The factory say that the seat is 30.5 from the ground, but I was able to sit on the flat-footed and I have a ( barely ) 30 inseam. I suppose my 220 pounds may ( ahem ) compressed things a bit and the seat height down a The wheelbase is 60.8 inches frankly, it feels even when riding. The Downtown weighs 367 pounds and carries 3.4 of fuel.

MSRP is $5,599 and a two-year factory warranty. available in white, silver, and the orange pictured.

The combination of 29 and just 367 pounds make the 300i a quick and fast The closest competition would be the Majesty and Suzuki Burgman 400 both of which are 400cc The Majesty puts out 33 horses, but 467 pounds. The Burgman 400 cranks out 34 but is even fatter at 489 pounds. the Majesty and the Burgman are significantly expensive than the Downtown.

In the chart I included the Downtown’s mate — the People GTi

The Kymco Downtown 300i nicely equipped. I immediately the adjustable brake levers on sides. There are four that allow one to set the distance, or for the levers. The dash is easy to at a glance and includes a mix of analog and

The speedometer is located on the left and is biased toward miles-per-hour. are show on the inner ( smaller ) On the right is the tachometer. Inside the display are the warning lights.

these two is a digital pod that temperature, fuel level, meter and the clock. Below are three small buttons. As as I can tell, the center one ( labeled TPM ) nothing.

Lighting on the Downtown is exceptionally good. The quartz headlights do a good job of illuminating the around the front of the scooter and the cut through the dark like I was riding down a St.

Paul road at night and when I on the highbeams I could see the reflective signs on buildings several away. The front turn are integrated in the rear-view mirrors and the lights are bright and large. The ignition switch has an anti-theft and serves to open the seat and the front fork. Be sure and the key number when you get a Downtown.

would be needed to get a replacement key of the type to release the security

The underseat storage on the Downtown is superior to the Kymco People Kymco claims room for two which is technically correct, as as one of the helmets is a small shorty. The helmet spot would not come close to accommodating my 3/4 XXL Of course one can post one’s on the front holder and utilize the space for other things.

is also a glove-box-type compartment in the side of the fairing. It shuts a latch and NOT a key, so it’s not but can be accessed with the scooter There is a 12V accessory plug this compartment.

Perfect for your mobile device. One it cannot be utilized for is charging the I tried this with a Tender™ adapter and the unit not function. I also tried the set-up on a People GTi and an Xciting the same result. The same worked just fine to the battery on a Genuine Buddy.

a swing-out hook below the and the top of the central tunnel is wide to set a bag on with the handle to the bad secured by the The fuel door closes a latch and covers a locking gas

Riding Impressions

When on the Kymco Downtown 300i, one is in a comfortable compartment. Well, for some, but more on that in a Turn the key to on position and the dash gauges, hold the brake and press the starter button. it. No choke, no fiddling with the just fire it up.

The Downtown quickly settles idle and is ready to roll. Oh and roll it does. Like the GTi300, this is quick and scooter. The throttle is responsive and There is power available the RPM range and the mid-range punch is short of wonderful.

The Downtown engine is a marvel. Everyone who it ( including dealers of competing ) commented positively on the engine. on an Interstate at 65 MPH was no problem and I easily a truck on an incline. Even at 70 MPH left the scooter with 15 MPH ( or more ) in available speed.

is good with single front and rear. I didn’t any braking issues until I had a on the scooter with me and executed a stop from 65 MPH. Not a mind you, but I felt a disc up front would been nice.

Handling is and can be tuned to your specific by means of adjustable rear I am fairly heavy and like a ride, so a higher setting is for me. In all situations requiring a change of the Downtown went right I pointed it. Set your line in a and the scooter stays there.

over a road with joints, I noticed a touch of action from the suspension, but it intrusive. The 14 inch front, 13 rear and about 61 inch along with the relatively weight of the Downtown make for handling in a variety of city and situations.

The ergonomics of the Kymco are pretty limiting. A variety of rode this scooter, a 5′ 4 young lady to a 2 gentleman with a long Nobody loved the seat. A few hated it. One person who wasn’t all tall thought the seat be classified as a torture device by the Convention.

At 5′ 9 with a 30 the ergonomics were fine for me. says the seat height is inches, but I had no trouble flat-footing the Of course that MAY be due to the 100 kilograms of on the seat at the time. I would the Downtown as short-person’s ( or at least a person’s ) scooter.

My 6′ 2 has a 35 inseam and he was miserable on the Downtown. is no adjustment in the seat. The rider in a cup with a ( some would say ) support on the back. Other allow for some fore-aft of this support.

In some cases, taller have removed the support to set the riding position to their Nothing like that if the Downtown doesn’t fit you, need to spend on custom work.

At this time, no seat is offered by Kymco. bothers me. The Downtown also has a short reach to the handlebars.

offering a seat set up for the driver in a rear-ward position would this scooter up to a much range of potential customers. a seat is a common procedure. every Honda Silverwing I know has either customized seat or purchased an aftermarket

As of this writing, a base for a Silverwing from Corbin is add a couple of backrests and it’s $1,000. I chatted with a upholstery shop that motorcycle/scooter seats and explained I thought would need to be to the Downtown seat for a taller They told me $800. It me that a taller person spend $5,600 for their new and then have to spend $800 to ride it comfortably.

think it would be to Kymco’s to offer one or two other seats on rider size and have an program. I’d gladly pay — $200 to swap my for a factory one that was appropriate for my

Kymco Downtown 300i and GTi300

Having just the People GTi300 and having one, I’d like to these Kymco siblings. As mentioned, they share an — the fine 299cc liquid-cooled marvel. They are in price with the People $200 less than the The Downtown is more of a maxi-scooter with more body to it. wider, longer, heavier ( not a lot ) with a real windshield and coverage for the rider.

The People GTi has a wheelbase and taller tires. To me, the configuration is better suited to do use. In performance, the People is faster up to about 60 MPH, but up aerodynamic advantage to the Downtown at speeds. The ergonomics of the People GTi a MUCH broader range of than the Downtown.

I am still some seat modification on my but that may well be limited to the of gel insert under the cover and a touch of foam re-shaping, to the LONG distance comfort as I to use my People GTi for some touring. the ergonomics of either scooter for me . I would put a good topcase on the and I’d have a very maxi-scooter for highway and touring

For city use, I’d pick the People GTi as the winner in case. FYI, Kymco make available a topcase for SHAD. The part number is and it costs about $80.

I think a SHAD SH48 look great on the Downtown and it practical for touring.

Kymco 300i and Grand Vista

Kymco Downtown 300i

The Grand Vista 250 ( Grand outside the USA ) is another fine and one that has built a big following, among shorter-legged riders. I was fortunate to have a young in the Twin Cities offer her after riding the Downtown. is a Grand Vista owner. about 5′ 4 and I know than to guess at a young weight, but safe to that is probably on the slim side of

Yes, she’s also but that had nothing to do with her for this review. Really. both married. Here are after a short ride included both highway and speeds.


• seat — seems and feels upright — OK for short, not for longer rides.

• seat — nice fit for my bottom, for short term, not sure for rides — but, OK gel could be added.

• seat — perfect for me (I am 5’4)

• bars — seem to reach.

• brake handles would add the dog legs for easier less strain. Even 1 seemed to far away.

• mirrors seem higher, and almost visible to me, but compromise knowing the lights are on the back side of the — which offers street visibility. Would if the mirrors folded in like Vista.

• feet position on the boards — is much confining, especially with the in center.

• width of floor is much wider than the 18 on the Vista — so feet and are spread farther apart may be more fatiguing, floor outer edges contact ankles when stopped not a big deal.

• tires — more stable while on in general, (would be an improvement in rain or wind conditions) as to the Grand Vista.

• turning — much better as to the Grand Vista. I tested eight pattern in parking lot and it more stable and not like it tip over. Instilled confidence.

versatile in situations where around is critical.

• underseat not as spacious as the Grand Vista, that is the largest underseat but, suitable. Would an extra storage box added for my

• backing out — of a garage or lot — I did not try this. Concerned if it is heavier than the Grand

• center stand — I did not try it on the center stand or taking it Again, if this is a heavier or more difficult for me to do, that be a concern.

• color — not of the dark orange (at least it is not orange) — white or would be my preference.

• better lights, brakes, tires those are overall good when considering an upgrade on my type of riding.

Fit and Finish

My are high when I approach a new I’ve had several years of experience with Kymco and have mentioned several that I consider them to be the in fit and finish of anything from The new Downtown 300i doesn’t in this area. Body tolerances are close and uniform.

The on the burnt orange colored is top notch. The controls and switches solid and I expect they hold up over time as as my 2005 Kymco People 250 As I mentioned earlier, I got to do a fair of the prep work on this and the high quality of Kymco’s and manufacture shows during process.

I could not find to complain about in the area of fit and I’ll save my complaining for the of seat adjustment/options.


If it you . the Kymco Downtown 300i is an scooter. It will really at highway commuting and touring. it’s solid handling and performance, the Downtown 300i make an excellent weekend machine. I expect Downtown will be rewarded with low little or no warranty issues, fuel economy, and a ride is just plain fun. the components and performance of the Downtown, the is reasonable.

Add a good topcase, off the phone, find a good and get ready for an escape to weekend paradise.

THANKS to Scooterville in Minnesota for providing the scooter in this review.

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


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