Kymco Like 50 & 200i – Owner Reviews Motor Scooter Guide

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Kymco Like 200i


2010 KYMCO LIKE 50

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Style, Ride, Cost

Dislikes: Bit Plasticky

Review: ”I brought a new 2010 Like 50 demonstrator with 20 kms on the clock. I have found it to be a great little bike. The only problem I have is the carb needing adjusting.

Otherwise nil complaints so far and it’s saving me a stack of money. I will be buying a Like 200 shortly – my daughter gets the 50.”

2011 KYMCO LIKE 50 2T

Milage: 1000 – 5000 Miles

Likes: Gas Milage

Dislikes: Lack of Accessories

Review: ”I picked up the 50cc for my 10 mile commute to work. The bike has been great so far, even in the dead heat of August. If I didn’t have a 2 year old to cart around, I’d never drive my car.

I do wish they made more add ons for it though, speakers, LED’s etc. I do get a ton of questions about it and people seem to love the Ivory color.”

2011 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Fuel injection, Quality, Ride height, Switch gear

Dislikes: Ride can be a bit harsh

Review: “ I replaced a Chinese (Flyscooter) with this scooter. Very pleased so far. No quality issues to date, fuel injection, scooter starts right up (it is only ridden occasionally).

Handling is good, the higher seat height provides some relief for low back on longer rides.

One complaint is that the ride is stiff, maybe a bit more than I’d like. There is also no kickstart. which has not been a problem to date, but will be when the battery wears out. I would definitely recommend the Like 200i.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Quick, Comfortable, Inexpensive

Dislikes: Locks

Review: “ I do love my Like 200. I’ve had it for less than 3 days and have put almost 300 miles on it.

Impressed with quick pick up and power going up hills/mountains. Great on back roads and in-town. Took on freeway a couple short times, no problems with speed but a little light for wind produced by others.

Actually, I was impressed with how well it did. I didn’t plan on ever taking it outside of town but I love how light it is, quick as lightning and lots of space for doing errands. No problems driving over 100 miles today with laptop and files strapped on then running for 2 good size bags of groceries.

Only downside is lack of accessories and it bugs me that to open or close compartments I have to use the key. I’m glad they lock but wish it was optional.

Great buy. very happy.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Great power and acceleration, Good looks and clean lines.

Dislikes: Seat is too soft in front and too hard in the passenger area.

Review: “ I have had this scooter 2.5 months and I love it.

I weigh 212 lbs. and this little scooter gets me around town with style and it does well on the highway with steady speeds of 55 to 63 mph. I priced several other scooters which were all more expensive. I am currently getting from 70 to 80 miles per gallon.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Styling, Power, Acceleration

Dislikes: Handlebar hits knees in tight turns. High headlight.

Review: “ I’ve had this scooter about 4 months. Great for scenic cruising. Handles extremely well on winding road and is solid in the turns. However, have laid it down doing slow turn because handlebar caught on my knee.

I’m only 5’10 and would not recommend this for anyone taller who plans on riding in town with tight intersections. Would help a lot if floorboard was just an inch or so lower. Seems very high as it is and lowering would also allow for more knee clearance.

This scooter has very bright headlight reflection on windshield because of shape of top of headlight. Had to put piece of tape across top of headlight for night riding. Do not see any functional reason why top of headlight is so high.

Looks like is purely for cosmetic purposes. However, even with all this, it’s a great scoot and I would recommend it.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 1000 – 5000 Miles

Likes: Styling, Spunky engine, Sporty Handling

Dislikes: Hard seat

Review: “ I bought this scooter in May 2012 and I ride it nearly every day. I have taken several 100+ mile rides and the scoot has run and handled well. Most of my rides are into the mountains of SW Colorado and I have really enjoyed riding it.

The engine pulls strong even at 8000’ elevation. I can’t wait to take it over the mountains to Silverton, Colorado next summer.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Price, build reputation, fuel injection, discs on both ends, 2 year warranty, dual rear shocks, payload

Dislikes: Watch knees in tight turns, seat has issues, headlight glare in riders eyes

Review: “ I recommend buyers read the comments from owners of the Like 200i. SIT on the scooter to see if the knee/handlebar situation will be a deal killer. Scoot back midway on seat to locate massive bump there.

Check dealer price for the 600 mile service. (prices range from $130 to $380) Get the on-the-road price.

Talk to an owner about their service dept.

Buy locally unless your local scoot shop can/will service other makes.

If all of these pass your tests – I think you’ll enjoy this scooter.

If you’re only gonna keep it a few hundred miles – go ahead and blast it from the show-room up into the mountains on day one. If you want to keep it running nice for years, follow the break-in methods in the manual.

I’m 6’2, 270 lbs, and I ride my two-tone blue and white, Like 200i LX with my knees out for slow turns, and a big smile on my 65 yr old face at all other times. (Don’t forget the 2 year warranty – and who knows why Kymco chooses these names for their scooters – you can put nice Italian flag stickers over ’em and feel European).”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 1000 – 5000 Miles

Likes: Handling, speed, gas milage, affordability

Dislikes: Name, date/time feature, fuel capacity, lacks spin-on type oil filter

Review: “ The Like 200i is a well made rugged scooter. It has a great retro look that should appeal to those wanting more of a traditional scooter style. Though I have read the ergonomics can be an issue for some people, I at 5’9 and a 31 inseam find it to be great fit.

The underseat storage is adequate. but the addition of a stock top box gives you the extra storage needed to fill most of ones needs including the ability to hold a full face helmet. Braking is very good with both front and rear disc brakes. Acceleration is crisp and smooth.

After 32 tank fills I am averaging 81 mpg from mostly city riding which has speeds ranging from 25 mph to 45 mph. You get a lot of scooter for $2,699. The only issue I have with the scooter is the time/date feature. The time representing 12:00 to 12:59 is represented as 00:mm. Also the date tends to jump ahead by one day.

To trick the system I enter the date one day behind. The funny thing is the month of April the unit worked as it should displaying the correct time and date. Now that it is May, it’s back to its old display quirks.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 5000 – 10,000 Miles

Likes: Style, Lots of power for 163cc, Dependability

Dislikes: Ergonomics, Headlight glare

Review: ”Over 3000 miles in past 6 months. Laid it down going into slow right turn when handlebar caught on knee. Felt foolish making sharp turns with knees sticking out so had seat customized for $200. Moved ridge back 2 1/2 inches, lowered seat about 1 inch and narrow front of seat for better straddling. Sitting further away from handlebars relaxes arms, makes cornering more precise and is less tiring.

Was a good investment.

Love the performance. Starts every time even after sitting for a week. Mileage 80 plus under 50mph and 70 plus at top indicated speed of 63 mph.

Cruises comfortably at top speed, but a little dicey in cross winds because of lack of weight.

Is a perfect scoot for around town and day cruises. Just wish fuel tank was a bit larger. Have to look for filling station every 100 miles or so and can be a bother when riding with a group. But is a good excuse for stretching a potty stops.”

2012 KYMCO LIKE 50 2T

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Comfortable, Strong Brakes, Good Switchgear, Good Lighting, Starts Well, Easy Handling

Dislikes: Low Top Speed, Warped Rear Brake Drum, No Local Dealer Support

Review: ” I picked up my Like 50 used in December with 38 miles on it. I have ridden it to 200 miles. I am a very experienced motorcyclist but this is my first scooter. The Kymco starts, runs and functions well. The build quality is excellent and the ride is good.

Some have complained that their feet and knees do not have enough room but at 5′ 11 this has not been a problem at all for me. As they say, see if you fit the scooter before buying.

Scooter came with a high spot in the rear brake drum and the local dealer said that they would not submit the claim because Kymco would not honor it. I ended up repairing it myself by sanding down the high spot. The local dealer was generally dissatisfied with Kymco’s support and dropped the line two weeks ago.

Another dealer online was a great help replacing parts damaged in a fall.

At 215 pounds, I do not expect much in the way of speed from a 50, but I was disappointed with a 28 mph top speed under ideal conditions. However, a de-regulated variator bushing ($11 on Ebay) brought the speed up to a more reasonable 35 mph. Will do a few more mods to bring the speed to 40 mph.

Got 70 mpg on my first tankful.Scooter is comfortable with a 5′ 7 passenger on the back.

I would recommend the Like 50 to anyone wanting an affordable, nice looking retro styled scooter. If top speed is not a pressing issue for you, this is a good choice. Better than the low end Chinese scooters and a few hundred cheaper than the Japanese competition.

Since many folks decide they need a little more top speed, very low mileage used 50s can be found affordably on Craigslist, Cycle Trader and eBay. Got mine for $1,300.

2013 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Counsel, Classic Style, Disk Brakes, 12v Adaptor, Storage, Electric and Kick Start

Dislikes: Size, Plastic look

Review: “ Over the last decade KYMCO has built name for quality and performance. I had the chance last week to take a 2013 Like 200i out for a spin, and I have to admit it left me far from disappointed.

The first thing I noticed when I saddled up is how light the bike felt. I hit the electric start and powered it out of the parking lot. The Like 200i features a 4t 163cc single cylinder, air cooled engine.

The bike only had 5 miles on it; far from being broken in but it had no problem propelling all 230lb of me down the road. The controls are similar to my GTS so I felt comfortable there.

My one complaint is the size, I felt crowded, like my knees where in my chest. I’m not sure what the size difference between the 50,125,150, and 200i Like equals up too, but I felt like I was on a fifty; until I twisted back on the throttle. This bike really does cruise.

When I returned to Motorcycle Accessories where I picked the bike up from I started to nose the bike over.

I was impressed with the storage on this ride. It had a nice sized glove box that included a 12v adaptor. The under seat storage will easily fit a half helmet or college books. The Like’s stock carrier box comes with enough room for a full size helmet or more books.

The style of the Like is modern classic, and not too different from the Vespa’s that sell for three times the cost. Keep in mind though modern Vespa are metal, the body work on this KYMCO is plastic, and it looks plastic. I love the speedometer panel. I was impressed to find that the bike had both an electric start and kick start.

It also features front and rear disc brakes. Add these feature’s for a price tag under $2700, and this is a great introductory scooter or upgrade from the 50cc you’ve been kicking around town.”

2013 KYMCO LIKE 200i LX

Milage: 0 – 1000 Miles

Likes: Stylish, Quick, Smooth, Good handling, Responsive, Good braking

Dislikes: Some parts feel cheap

Review: “ We have less than 500 miles on this bike, but it is already proving to be very fun to ride. We considered 2 other brands besides this one, but ultimately decided on the Like 200i because of the styling and the price point.

One complaint I have is that the rubber seal/liner for the top case already came off. I re-glued it but it was kind of a failure. Also, it was delivered with a broken odometer and we are still waiting for the parts from Kymco.

I only know we have about 500 miles because of how many times I’ve filled the tank.

I would say that anyone looking for an economical, stylish and fun scooter for city riding should consider the Like 200i. I wouldn’t take this on the highway, as the reported max mph is 60.”

2013 KYMCO LIKE 200i

Milage: 100 0 – 5000 Miles

Likes: MPG, EFI, Dual Disc Brakes, Dual Rear Adjustable Shocks, Ride Comfort, Power/Performance

Dislikes: Two Broken Locks

Review: “ I bought my Like 200i about four months ago. Unfortunately I bought it in October and was only able to ride it much the first two months then it became too cold to ride or ice/snow were on the roads. All the same I’m at about 1,500 miles. I enjoy this scooter every much. It is my third scooter and has been the best so far.

After riding carborated scooters for about two years I am now a fuel injection fan. It has made a large difference. It gets better fuel economy but it’s also much more consistent across the board. It starts fast every single time and doesn’t require you to wait for an auto choke to adjust.

It is often cold here and my carbed scooters would take well over five minutes to warm up and would often stall out seconds after starting riding. I would also notice that my carbed scooters’ power would fluctuate wildly based on weather conditions. This doesn’t happen with the Like 200i.

I am about 5’10 and near 220 lbs. This scooter never has problems getting up to speed even with my girl friend riding on back. It’s a mid sized scooter so it’s home is definitely not the highway. That being said I ride on the highway with it a lot.

I am fine with a top speed of 60ish mph. This is the only scooter I’ve owned that has a speedometer that is accurate. I’ve read that people have said that when their speedo reads 63 they were doing 60. That’s close enough for me.

I used GPS to test my speed reading while breaking in but never did on the highway. My speedo was 100% accurate up to fifty. I didn’t go faster than that speed while testing.

I have never felt cramped in this scooter it fits me like a glove and that is pretty sweet. I have never hit my knee on the handle bar either. Maybe it’s my riding habits. I have hit my knee on the luggage hook though. It broke right off.

I don’t blame the quality of build of parts. I hit it hard. I got a brand new one free of charge (thank you warranty) and have been mindful since.

I have experienced the head light shining back into my eyes before, like others, but it was only when I was standing up and walking my scooter in my driveway.

As far as servicing this scooter goes I’ve been very surprised. There is information on the web if you take the time to look for it and do your homework. I have performed three oil changes on it and on gear oil change. They were very easy. So easy that I truly believe that anyone can do it as long as they are careful and take it seriously.

I plan on doing my own valve check as well and have found everything I needed to know online. There is a forum that is fairly helpful. It isn’t as nice as Modern Buddy but it’s helpful enough. Some people talk about parts for fuel injected motors are more expensive and this is true but needs to be put into perspective.

The entire motor can be replaced for a few hundred dollars. It isn’t something I would consider expensive compared to many alternatives.

I enjoy all the small things to. There are no rattles. All my other scooters rattled and it made me insane. It feels sturdy and well built. Two of my locks did break and I honestly have no problem with it because of the warranty.

This scooter looks so much like a Vespa that my dealer made the guess that this is why the name is Like. It looks like a Vespa. But it is better than a Vespa for the simple fact that they are thousands of dollars more expensive. The ride is very smooth for me. I’ve gone over train tracks at 40 mph and came bouncing down on the road laughed for several minutes afterwards because it was so fun.

I guess I would like to make a point that many of the cons that other people list are a matter of personal preference and not so much a flaw of the scooter. If it doesn’t fit you then look for a scoot that does. I bought this scooter for many reasons and the best for me was that it seems to be made for people my size. I don’t like that there are few choices for after market parts.

This isn’t a fault of the scooter or Kymco but more a failure of companies taking an interest. Maybe they just cant find a way to improve it. who knows.

I am 99% satisfied with this scoot.

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