Kymco Yager GT200i: POCphil’s review : 2strokebuzz

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Kymco Yager 200

Kymco Yager GT200i: review

August 29, 2009

POC from Pride Of Cleveland test rode the new Kymco GT 200i, here’s his report…

get the obvious stuff out of the way first.

GT200i?” Who names these Didn’t Vespa recently a GT200? They should chosen RT or ST… GT is a Vespa call “Yager?” Spellcheck please: yep, that’s what I the German word for “Hunter.” Not an bad name for a scooter.

The downside: as an to the Sym-Phony 125, they the word Yager on the side but stylized the Letter “A” as to include the arm of the “Y,” so now it looks like an “Ager GT200i.” I’m aging enough on my own, no help thanks.

[Editor’s note: never been to Germany, and I Sambuca, so my first thought was Yeager, also not a bad name for a though still spelled And Kymco already had their own of unfortunate logo typography: the which a recent Craigslist listed as a Guilty because he read the logo.]

200cc? Yes, it’s a 175cc motor. It joins the of the Vespa GTS278ie Super and the SYM scooters who “add a few inches” to the size-conscious customer.

The biggest to this scooter for me is the fuel which is definitely enough of a to let me overlook being a little on their model designation. If you of it as the Kymco Grand Vista’s brother, you’re on the right

Price: Well, they much nailed it at $3499. expensive than the $3799 SYM and a grand less than the Honda SH150. Kymco and both have a reputation for scooters so Kymco’s 2-year warranty is better than but probably not a deal changer.

Speed: That’s where bike shines. Off the line, not dramatic like a Genuine 150 or a SYM HD200, but it runs away in the and uneventful fashion of most bikes. The top speed is very the test bike was not remotely in yet, and we showed 76 mph.

you start saying “yeah, what it said on the speedo…how is it really going?” Tada! For the time ever we have a with a 100% accurate At 30 mph and 60 mph it’s GPS-…-on-balls-accurate (it’s an term).

It’s pretty to ride a scooter that you how fast it’s actually

Comfort: Typical Kymco, engineering is clearly something pay attention to. The Yager offers a chair/keyboard riding position. The is covered in the same “Gription” as found on other Kymco

I love this stuff it’s not slippery, doesn’t and looks sharper than the leather or slippery vinyl we see on so other bikes. If you felt on the Grand Vista 250, be happy to learn that the Yager has the same inner-legshield gas cap activated – slick) and straight or extended leg riding position, they’ve managed to find an 6″ of knee room that is appreciated by those of us over 6′

Where my right knee is hitting the ignition key on the GTS250 and and I have bent several on Grand Vista scooters, the gives me plenty of room and has an flat floor that you many different foot options. Passengers will the “switchblade” button-activated passenger roomy back seat, and backrest and grabrails.

Handling: The 13″ up front smooths the bumps and the 140/70-12 rear tire is than most in this I did all of my testing with the rear preload in the middle position of 5 The ride was sporty/stiff, not lounge-chair This bike does not equipped with linked

Kymco Yager 200

The large discs at the front and are more than up to the task of this bike to a stop with no drama. Some swear by linked brakes, can’t stand them. I in the hands of a novice it’s a safety feature.

As an experienced I often use just the rear to help pivot into a so independent brakes are important to me.

Capacity/Mileage: The manual says it 2.9 gallons. From … I was able to pump a hair 3 gallons of 87 octane.  which is than adequate for a 200cc injected scooter. We found when the fuel light flashing it was able to take 2.2 which leaves a .8 gallon which is better than My first tank of gas returned 81

This tends to increase as the break in. A 240-mile range is impressive for ANY scooter.

Storage: The storage area had no problem a Fulmer XL Modular helmet. was still enough room over for lunch or a rain The rear rack is big enough to a Givi top case without the use of an bracket.

Looks: Well, you love it or hate it.

Thanks, As far as looks, I think it looks a cross between an 80s Yamaha and a generic Chinese scooter, but nice to see Kymco back in the with a new product after very quiet months. naming and branding has always a weak spot, but the bikes are very solid in quality and and usually a great value, like this one maintains reputation.

The 200cc niche, nearly in the U.S. a year ago, is crowded with a wide of styles and prices, and that’s news for consumers who were bit by the bug last summer and are looking to from their first

More photos (all of POCphil:)

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