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When I came to this site I was trying to decide between the Silverwing & the Bergman 650. From the info I found here & sites posted here I added the Bergman 400 & the Atlantic 500 to the list. Problem with the Atlantic 500 is that the nearest dealer is about sixty miles away.
Today I have heard about a new 500cc scooter that a company called Kymco will soon have here. The great news is that they have a two year warrenty & a local dealer. The bad news is that I have never heard of them & can't find much on the internet.
Can anyone help me find any background information about this company & their products?
 

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Hi Gruntled:
They are a relatively new company out of Taiwan. They started in 1998 producing motorbikes and scooters. I can't tell you much about there product , but you can look at this link http://www.kymco.co.uk/FLASHindex.html
Hope you find something that suits you soon.
 

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Thanks. What I would really like to find would be a users group like this one. This site has been very useful. From what I have found it looks like the 500 cc model is brand new so there isn't likely to be any useful information available. That two year warrenty is very tempting though.
 

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Kymco make the Grand Dink 150/250, the latter of which has sold reasonably well for an import in Japan. Build quality is good, as many of the Taiwanese firms either produce Japanese manufacturers models on license for their domestic markets at reduced cost, or they put attractive plastics on tried and tested Japanese/European bases and make machines that are the match of Europe but significantly cheaper.

Maybe visiting their global site will give you a good understanding of their wider line-up and corporate hsitory.
http://www.kymco.com

The Grand Dink 250 is a good example - a few years old now, but it is distinctively styled, with space under the seat for 1 full face and one half face helmet, and suspension set up more sportily than the Burgman/Reflex/Majesty. Power is comparable. It also included a fat back tyre, fully digital instrumentation panel and electric mirrors similar to the Burger 650 - however Kymco got there first. Price is reasonable.

Check out the Japan site for decent pictures of the Grand Dink 250 - I`m sure the new 500 will show some relation to that model
http://www.kymco.co.jp/lineup/dink250x/g_dink_250x.html

The main question is whether your local dealer support will be any good. That one I'm afraid I can't shed any light on.

Best of luck.
 

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They do seem to be an established company. I saw one of their motorcycles last sunday parked at a motorcycle hangout on the Ortaga Highway. I hoped the owner would come out while I was drinking my beer so I could ask about the bike but no such luck.
 

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I can tell you from personal experience that Kymco is a very reliable product. They manufactured engines for Honda for about 40 years. I have ridden several of their larger displacement scoots, and was very impressed. The new 500 coming out, which is called the Xciting 500, is sure to live up to the Kymco quality. If anyone ever gets a chance to ride any of their products, DO IT!!! Even their 49cc scoots are impressive. But of course it is still not a Burgman. 8)
 

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They do seem to be an established company. I saw one of their motorcycles last sunday parked at a motorcycle hangout on the Ortaga Highway. I hoped the owner would come out while I was drinking my beer so I could ask about the bike but no such luck.
A local San Diego Dealer who sell them with Vespa AND Bajaj etc swears they are the BEST quality scoots made. Sez they build for Honda etc "in the closet"? All I've personally noticed is they seem to be designed with a little more imagination, less boring. They have a 250 to die for in white I may just buy. Check: http://www.motorsportscooters.com/

Ortega Highway? Beer? Thought I was the only one still doing that! :oops:
 

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You'd think they could have come up with a better name than Grand Dink. :oops:
Or a name better than the "Burgman". :p
 

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There is a full page ad for the Kymco in the most recent issue of Scooter Rider magazine. I think they wised up, because the machine currently on sale in the USA is now called the Grand Vista 250.

Incidently, BJ Strauss, the editor of Scooter Rider magazine, was one of the attendees at Scootercade. He gave away several SRM T-shirts at the awards banquet. It is the only commercial magazine in the USA devoted to scooters as far as I know, and I do subscribe to it. It has some interesting content. The inner & outer cover pages are in color - the other pages are black & white, but the photos are quite sharp. It is currently published 5 times a year, an annual subscription is $21.99. Pricey, but it is a worthwhile effort, so I support it.

http://www.ScooterRiderMag.com
 

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Kymco User Forum

The following is the user forum website. It is quite an active group, and there is quite a bit of info on the People series as well as the other models.

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/kym ... m/messages

I own a Kymco People 150 & 250. I find them to be of excellent quality and performance. 2 year warranty is standard.
 

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Kymco Taiwan Website
http://www.kymco.com.tw

SYM Taiwan website
http://www.sym.com.tw


Visited above two website.
If you want to become a local dealer / agent in your country,
you can contacting Kymco & SYM directly.

Scooter is a daily traffic tool for most of Taiwan Peoples.
There are several major manufacturies: Kymco. Sym.
Tailing (Taiwan Suzuki). Taiwan Yamaha, PGO, Hartford,
Taiwan Golden Bee (TGB), Standard Motor...........

Before Japan Honda were invested Kymco & Sym. But now
both of two motorbike manufacturies are belong to
independant companies and develop their own brands.
 
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