|Kymco Venox 250
While we're on the topic of scooters, there
are literally hundreds of scooter
manufacturers displaying their wares at the
show. Most of them are el Cheapo
Junque and won't last longer than it takes
to get them home. Why any dealer worth
a nickel would try and sell any of them to
an unsuspecting customer is beyond me.
Kymco is definitely an exception. They
make what I think are probably the highest
quality scooters in Asia. All of their
products look rock solid, although I can't
really speak with any authority on the
subject, having never owned one.
But I can say that the Kymco Venox
(pronounced "Vee-nocks") looks great -- and
I'm not a cruiser rider, but hey -- it's a
motorcycle, isn't it? There's no such
thing as a bad motorcycle.
The Venox has been around for several
years and I've seen them here and there but
this year's version really struck me as
something nice. A Kymco staffer who
wishes to remain anonymous told me "It's a
fantastic bike -- if only we could get
people to see one." Meaning, of
course, that nobody knows Kymco, much less
The bike is a cross between a scooter and
a motorcycle, but Kymco lists it as their
only motorcycle. Others call it a
scooter; according to some, as long as the
vehicle has a CVT transmission, it's a
scooter. Who knows -- or cares.
This thing rocks!
The chrome and finish looked about as
good as I've seen on any motorcycle
anywhere. Check out the engine -- it's
a DOHC 8-valve 248cc, water-cooled V-Twin!
The bike has a 5-speed tranny and claimed
dry weight of 418 lbs. It has 28HP and
18 lbs. ft. of torque at 8,000RPM.
The front tire is a 120/80-17 and the
rear is a 150/80-15. It has a low 29"
seat height and a wheelbase of 63".
Fuel capacity is 3.7 gals. with a claimed
61MPG. It comes with a two year
warranty and the list price is only
I'm going to tray and wangle a test ride
on one this spring, so stay tuned.