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    • By SBF
      During the end of 2020, the Kymco motorcycle company announced a plethora of new motorcycles that will be hitting the global stage in 2021 as they seek to strengthen their line-up and solidify their standing as the #1 motorcycle and scooter company that is based in Taiwan. Most of you would know of household names like Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, and the likes as these companies have long supplied economical scooters to all edges of Asia over the past few decades but what you might not know is that Kymco in itself is also amongst the leading motorcycle and scooter manufacturer in the world.
      KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motorsport Pte Ltd

      KYMCO Singapore
      Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
      Tel: +65 6281 9778

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      Kymco started out life manufacturing parts for Honda and was basically the OEM for Honda motorcycles in the region. As the years went on, Kymco started producing motorcycles of their own, and unlike many other brands, have seek to continuously improve upon their designs and technology and placing build quality above all else, it is little wonder why the brand has continued to grow from strength to strength in recent years.

      During their last press conference, Kymco debuted the Kymco KRV 180, the Kymco DT X360, and lastly their electric scooter, the Kymco F9. We reviewed the Kymco KRV 180 recently and was blown away as this was the first time we have seen a manufacturer think outside of the box for a simple Class 2B scooter and thrown at it all the technological advances and equipment from much larger scooters. If you missed our review the last time around, you can read all about the Kymco KRV 180 here:

      The other internal combusted engine scooter to be announced at the global press conference was the DT X360. At first glance, you might wonder if this is just another run-of-the-mill scooter coming out of the Taiwanese manufacturer. However, when you start to read further into the details, you would see that Kymco has actually positioned the DT X360 slightly apart from its competition but making it an "Adventure Crossover" with knobby tyres and a higher ride height for those off-road adventures that you might want to go on once lockdown is over. This slight, albeit significant tweak, has actually allowed the Kymco DT X360 to be a dual-purpose scooter instead of just being a boring daily commuter.

      For those scooter aficionados, you might think "Hey! Isn't that very similar to the Honda X-ADV?". Why yes, the concept is roughly similar. But the X-ADV packs a much larger engine, comes in at a much higher price point, and would cost quite a fair bit more to run. The DT X360, although having the features and functionalities to cross 2 segments of the market, is priced LOWER than its competitors. This is a not a result of cost cutting or poor build quality as we have seen over our 2 days test with the scooter, but rather, Kymco has priced this scooter at a more affordable and bang for your buck price point to ensure that this new product actually get into the hands of consumers and a better product can be offered into the market.

      Quoting the press release:

      Engine & Power Specifications
      Incorrectly rumoured to be powered by the AK550 parallel-twin engine when the rumour mills starting spinning, the bike turns out to be a four-valve liquid-cooled single of 320cc in size. It produces a claimed 29bhp and 22lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with traction control. Keyless ignition comes as standard on the model, along with full LED lighting and a full colour dash.

      Power was decent and quick to react, and what we especially like was that the throttle response was almost instantaneous with no free-play in the throttle at all. This seems to be a common problem across many bikes that we have tested and in fact, it is so bad in the Ducatis that there are aftermarket companies provided fixes for this 'loose throttle' issue. We are glad to report however, that there is no such issue for the Kymco DT X360.

      Powerband was smooth throughout the entire rev-range and for Singapore's roads, it is more than sufficient. The engine is also very well balanced and even without heavy bar-end balancers, we did not feel much vibration even at speeds above 100km/h.

      Chassis & Handling
      Chassis-wise, the DT X360 is shod with 14” front wheel and a 13” rear, both are fitted with semi-knobbly adventure-spec tyres. The fuel tank is 12.5l in size, while the cavernous under-seat compartment allows for two full-face lids to be carried. The bike looks to have a very commanding riding position, with the 800mm seat and wide handlebars helping to finish off the adventure look. The kerb-weight for the new bike comes in at 194kg, making it a significantly lighter that most other Crossovers and off-road motorcycles, making it relatively easy to handle.

      Although the seat height of 800mm might seem high for some, as the seat is slightly narrower than that of a Yamaha XMax 300 and Honda Forza 350, we found it easier to flat-foot and touch the ground. Both rider and passenger felt no discomfort over long distances and the scooter felt extremely planted, even on wet roads.
      Brakes & Suspension
      To handle the braking duties, the Kymco DT X360 is equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, along with switchable traction control and ABS for better handling on the roads.

      Suspension duties on the two-wheeler are taken care of by telescopic forks on the front side and twin springs on the rear end. The unit that we had for our test ride included upgraded YSS Suspension system provided by Motorsport Pte Ltd's sister company - Chong Aik International Pte Ltd, who are the exclusive distributors for YSS Suspensions here in Singapore.

      Colours, Availability & Price
       
      KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motorsport Pte Ltd

      KYMCO Singapore
      Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
      Tel: +65 6281 9778
      The Kymco DT X360 is currently available in Singapore and there are ready stock for this brand new Class 2A maxi scooter at Motorsport Pte Ltd.
      The Singapore market will get 2 colour options:
      Orange/Black (Our test scooter) Silver Crystal/Black  
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      Pricing is TBA and full specifications are listed down below:

      P.S. Test bike provided to SingaporeBikes.com from Motorsport Pte Ltd comes with additional accessories and parts not on a stock Kymco DT X360.
      If you prefer a video version of this review, check out the video from our good friends @TRI333PLE for their review on the Kymco DT X360.
       
    • By SBF
      If there's one motorcycle that we've been excitedly waiting to review for 2021, something that promises to be a game-changer, then the Kymco KRV180 from Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco would be just the scooter that we've been waiting for. Although if you're a biker looking to purchase a new scooter in the Class 2B segment, you would be more than spoilt for choice as they are over 10 models to choose from, and for a brand to differentiate itself from the competitors is no easy feat.

      When we heard about the KRV180 late last year, what got us excited was that the approach that Kymco has taken to launch this brand new model, is to take what was already in the market, replicate the best practices and features that most riders already love, and make it that much better. The uniqueness of the KRV180, from its independent rear swingarm (a first for any Class 2B scooters), to sequential LED indicators front and rear, Bosch ABS all around, and a separated internal and external belting system, were all something that you don't often or never see on a Class 2B scooter. What topped it off was the 175.1cc liquid-cooled FI engine that pushes out 12.3kW of power and 15.68Nm of torque, putting it well above the rest of its competitor in this space.

      Read on more below to find what what we think about the Kymco KRV180, and our initial thoughts and impressions after spending 3 days, 180km, and a whole lot of rainfall while reviewing this scooter.
      KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motorsport Pte Ltd

      KYMCO Singapore
      Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
      Tel: +65 6281 9778
      Outlooks & Design of the Kymco KRV180
      When we first saw renderings of the KRV180, this is unlike any scooter in the market currently. While most scooters cater to the economical commuter and thus have softer designs, rounded body panels and a more time tested design, we can't help but wonder if designers had their free hand to design a scooter that would appeal to a more motorsports driven scooter, what would it look like? This idea has manifested itself in the Kymco KRV180.

      The bold design, sharper angles and beautiful LED lighting all around have given a look to the KRV180 of one that exudes sportiness, looking fast while being stationary, and when you add the modifications into the mix, you can create a scooter that you truly call your own. Days gone by of when you tell people you ride a boring old scooter are now in the past as if we dare say, this is one menacing looking beast. As the interest in scooters becomes ever more prevalent as commuters look towards more economical ways of travelling, motorcycle brands are now trying to take the design of scooters to the next level and we think the only other one that comes close would be the new and incoming - Italjet Dragster.
      The KRV180 has smart badging all round the scooter to let people know this isn't just any ordinary scooter, the "Type S" badge on its rear quarter shows off the sportiness aspect of the scooter, and the 3 colour options that are available makes certain that there is a KRV180 suitable for everybody. Local agent Motorsport Pte Ltd feels that the Blue option would be the most popular but if we'd have our pick - the Black model with Gold rims is definitely our choice.

       
      The exposed rear half of the scooter also gives a peek into the thought and design that has gone into the technical aspect of the KRV180. Red rear coil springs, an independent rear swingarm like those you find on the Kymco AK550 or Yamaha TMax, and a beautifully crafted exhaust that makes us think there isn't any need to buy an aftermarket one (more on that later). All in all, we think Kymco has designed the KRV180 to be a smart little package, a pocket rocket if you will that will stand out from the rest of the NMaxes and PCXes.
      Engine, Technicals & Power of the KRV180
      When we collected the KRV180 from Motorsport Pte Ltd's showroom, at first twist, we knew this was something quite different from most other scooters we've tested. The 175.1cc 4 valve engine delivered power very smoothly, and instantly you could feel that was a lot of torque and the little rocket was rearing to go. What we like for daily riding (shoutout to our delivery riders) was that there was little to no slack in the throttle controls, and that the powerband was very consistently throughout the whole rev range. You know that hesitation as you move off the line after coming to a stop? It's not there with the KRV180.

      The first modification for any Class 2B motorcycle would usually be a set of bar-end balancers because when you push a 155cc engine above 90km/h, everything starts vibrating and shaking. We found no need for a set of aftermarket bar-end balances on the KRV180 because of its larger displacement resulting in a more balanced and stable right. Power throughout is sufficient, and because of its capacity advantage it has over its rivals, there is definitely more 'omph' versus riding something in the 150-160cc category.
      What really impressed us however, was the stock exhaust system that came on the Kymco KRV180. Starting the scooter for the first time we were pleasantly surprise when the engine came to life as it gave out a deep burble, and had sufficient volume so that you know what you have here is no any run of the mill scooter that you take to the market. We'd go as far as to say that the stock system on the KRV180 sounds even better than some aftermarket exhaust systems on the market. This is another way that you can save some money and use it instead for other modifications.

      Close up look at the exhaust system and the CVT belt-drive system. We like those red touches.
      Kymco has also focus on making sure that the maintenance of the scooter is easy as they come with average service intervals, and the Japanese made belts for both the CVT system and they drive train have a replacement mileage of 20,000km and 50,000km respectively. This is another big different from both scooters as it uses a dual-belt drive system so as to have a longer useful life for the belting systems. It also looks like it means business as you have a hidden belt compartment on the right side of the scooter, and an exposed drivebelt system on the left side of the scooter.
      Handling & Riding Impressions of the Kymco KRV180
      One thing that we noticed right off the bat is the enormous wheelbase of the Kymco KRV180. This is a result of the KRV180 being the first scooter under the 200cc category to employ an independent rear swingarm from the likes of much bigger capacity scooters in the market. This is actually one of the most prominent feature that sets the KRV180 apart from the rest as the changes in the riding dynamics that have resulted from this is very obvious in the day to day riding that we did.

      Check out that wheelbase & the rear independent swingarm!
      You know how the first 'major' modification for most scooter riders would be to change out the rear shock of their scooter as the ride quality from factory is usually very harsh and jarring when going through uneven terrain or potholes? We didn't have any issues here at all. In fact, we specifically tried looking for uneven bumps in the road to test out the suspension to the limit but were unable to replicate any hard knocks as the "Kymco Suspension System (KSS)" just soaked it all up like a magic carpet ride. Although priced at a premium, the Kymco engineers sure knew what they were doing when they decided to put an independent rear swingarm on a 175.1cc scooter. Here's yet another part that you can save money on not having to go the aftermarket route!
      On the handling aspect, the longer wheelbase also translated into smoother and more 'flowing' turns into corners and although the rain did not stop during our test ride, the bike felt very planted without any twitchiness. One offsetting factor of a longer wheelbase however is the turning radius of the scooter. While slightly widest than most, it is still very well acceptable within the range.

      The sidestand is placed close to the front half of the KRV180 with the main stand being towards the rear
      The other area of focus when we put over 180km on the bike was to test the build quality. Most bikers in Singapore has always been very weary of scooters produced outside of Japan, due to its reliability issue, lack of aftermarket parts, as well as build quality. Going through bumps and the general roughness of the road did not rattle anything loose, we were not able to hear any squeaks or rattling, and pushing on the body panels the gaps and tolerances were on par to any top tier brands. This is certainly very impressive as even on the Japanese brands' budget scooters, you'd often hear rattles and have loose panels on their scooters.
      The Kymco KRV180 is completely built and assembled in Taiwan, using the Bosch ABS system and all belting on the bike is from Japan. For a further peace of mind, Motorsport Pte Ltd is giving a full 12 months warranty with any new scooter purchase.

      Check out those brakes! (rotors are aftermarket)
      The one thing that we thought could be improved was that the windscreen (or lack thereof) of the KRV180 is extremely low, similar to the Yamaha Aerox 155. And with the speeds that this scooter can reach, there is a certain amount of wind resistance that could be mitigated with an aftermarket windscreen. This could be another modification to consider if you're going to be taking the KRV180 on long rides or journey up North when the border reopens.
      Technology & Features of the Kymco KRV180
      The last aspect that we focused on, and this was also a big talking point during the KRV180's press release, is the sheer amount of technology being thrown into the mix here. Have you ever wondered in 2021 why some motorcycles still come with Halogen lights? We did. But with the Kymco KRV180, there was really nothing to fault (well ok maybe except it's pricier than other Class 2B scooters).
      Just to give you an idea, here's a full list of tech and features that comes with the KRV180 Type S being imported into Singapore:
      Full LED lighting system all around Sequential LED turn signals front and rear Dual LED screen console on dashboard Bosch ABS front and rear Traction control system Keyless entry and start/stop with security button USB charging port comes standard LED light within underseat storage
      Underseat storage sufficient for 1 helmet, with LED lighting (DVR not included)

      Keyless system, coffee hook, and USB charging unit with a deep usable pocket
      All the features are very intuitive and easy to get to, and we've not had any faults in our 3 days of riding the scooter.
      One standout point for us while testing the KRV180 at night was its headlights. My goodness the sheer clarity, distance, and brightness of the headlights was something we've almost never seen before. The symmetry and cutoffs were sharp and not glaring to other road users. Enough of us talking about this - let us show you the pictures.

      Low beam on the left, high beam on the right
       
      Price, Availability & Colour Options for the Kymco KRV180 in Singapore
      The Kymco KRV180 is available for booking with ready stocks in Singapore now from Kymco exclusive distributor - Motorsport Pte Ltd (Kymco Singapore). There are 3 colours available - Indigo Sea Blue, Snow Peak Silver, and Ether Black. Limited stocks are available so if you're interested in checking out the KRV180, do head down to their showroom to have a look and test drive.

      All 3 colours available for the Kymco KRV180
      Machine price for the Kymco KRV180 starts at S$9,000 and all models imported into Singapore are the "Type S" variant and comes with a whole host of options included. Yes yes, we know that this is roughly a 25% premium over other 155cc scooters in the market once you have factored in the current COE prices of $9.3k, but if you compare all the features you are getting on the KRV180, with its Class 2 scooter-like suspension system, and the top quality exhaust and technology package, it could just about seem worth it for the price!

      Kymco KRV180 Type S
      Please note that our test bike used for this review has a few aftermarket parts added on to it but does not affect the performance, handling, riding, or economy of the bike in anyway. What we have reviewed here is probably extremely similar to what a stock and original bike would feel like.
      If you mention "SingaporeBikes.com", they might just be nicer to you and work out a special deal for you!
      KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motorsport Pte Ltd

      KYMCO Singapore (Showroom)
      Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
      Tel: +65 6281 9778
      If you've been a biker for a long time, you would know that not many shops or even authorised agents allow for test-riding in Singapore. Motorsport Pte Ltd however, is so confident that this new KRV180 is such a level above the rest of the competition, that good news, test rides ARE available for potential buyers so you can ride and feel the awesomeness of the KRV180 for yourself.
      Stocks are limited so hurry down to their showroom today for a test ride (but please call prior to check for availability).

      Ready to be taken home by you! Blue on Gold wheels looking good!
      For more pictures:









       
    • By SBF
      Selling my bike as I occasionally use it for the past few years, 1-2 times a week.
      COE:14 Jun 2023, 2.5yrs left. Renewable.
      Very very low Milage: 35600Km for 7.5yrs.
      Number Owner: 2 (including myself)
      Excellent condition, Accident Free, Drop Free
      Exterior: 8.5/10
      Interior: 8.5/10
      Reliable: Kymco was the major part supplier for Honda. Never give me any issue during my usage.
      Maintenance: always went servicing every 3K or less (earlier than 5K in manual). Cost is quite minimal for 2A bike. Last service ~4months ago with battery changed with receipt. Healthy engine due minimal usage.
      Fuel efficient ~26-30km/L (real number from my usage)
      One of the largest storage space scooters on market: can keep 2 helmets, even a tennis racquet! Comes with Box behind.
      Viewing in Punggol only
      Whatsapp me for more photos 86116566
    • By SBF
      (Updates: COE Renewed till Oct 2031.)
      Depreciation only $1,200/year or $100/month!!
      This motorbike is highly under-utilized, as I mostly drive and cycle.
      Ride this beauty only for leisure.
      Park under shelter (MSCP), but do regular start engine to warm up.
      Comes with a huge storage box, and compartment under seat can easily store 2 helmets.
      A stable and reliable class 2 (700cc) scooter.
      Clocked only 71k+ km.
      Motorcycle is in good condition, no repair needed.
      Registered in Oct 2011, 10-yr COE renewed until Oct 2031.
      Serviced at Kymco (Ubi).
      Changed new original Kymco brakes, new battery, new cam sensor, and new original Kymco rear mirrors.
      View now to appreciate!
      Tag: kymco, class2, scooter, motorcycle, motorbike
      Not: honda, yamaha, harley, bmw, class2b, class2a
    • By SBF
      The Kymco KRV 180’s debut at the Beijing Auto Show 2021 seems to be the first bit of inspiring news to come out of the automaker in the last year and a half. Now this scooter is a bit of a departure from the company’s better known X-Town line of maxi scooters, instead taking inspiration from the Taiwanese company’s largest twin-cylinder offering, the AK 550. What you get with the brand new Kymco KRV 180 is a mean-looking, sporty, underslung body with one of the most powerful Class 2B engines around.

      If you've been riding for the past 10 years or so, you would undoubtedly recognise the Gilera Runner ST200 as one of the most popular Class 2B scooters around. There is reason behind it's immense popularity though, that being, it packaged a very powerful engine, into an easy to maintain, small body which is nimble enough to be used on the roads of Singapore. As the years passed on however, the Gilera became less commonplace on the roads as there were no new models launched and if you look at the context of the Class 2B scooter market today, the reigning king would definitely be the Yamaha NMax 155 followed by the Honda PCX 150.
      KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motor Sport Pte Ltd

      KYMCO Singapore
      Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
      Tel: +65 6281 9778
      Kymco Singapore, through their exclusive distributor Motor Sport Pte Ltd - are now looking to this specific market segment and have thrown their hats into the ring with the all new Kymco KRV 180. Taking the DNA from the larger scooters from Kymco's already very well-established range, the KRV 180 does have all the makings required for it to be a runaway success here in our local context.

      Some of the design cues borrowed from the AK 550, such as the sharp, split LED headlights with LED DRLs and edgy body panels, are obvious. But the similarities extend under the skin as well. Unlike traditional scooters, there’s no underbone chassis here. Instead, just like the AK, the KRV uses a lightweight twin-spar frame along with a motorcycle-like swingarm, and the engine mounted in the centre, sending drive to the rear wheel through an exposed belt drive.
      This should really help with overall weight distribution as well as reduce unsprung mass, which combined with its right-side-up front fork, rear monoshock and 13-inch wheels shod with 110/70-13 rubber at the front and 130/70-13 at the rear, should really make for a compelling handling package.

      The motor itself is a 175cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve, single-cylinder mill putting out about 17PS @ 8000rpm and 15.5Nm @ 6500rpm. To put that into context, that's more power and torque than you currently get from the Yamaha NMax and Honda PCX. More interestingly, it also gets switchable traction control as an option.
      What makes this KRV 180 really stand apart from the more conventional maxi scooters is its flat footboard; stepped, but not split, seat; exposed handlebar and the lack of a large windshield. To be honest, this sort of design is right up our alley and lends the KRV a distinctly sporty style compared to other maxi scooters.
      It’s a fairly featured packed scooter as well, equipped with disc brakes at both ends with ABS, LED lighting all around, fully digital instrument cluster, dual USB charging ports and a keyless start system that gets a central knob for locking/unlocking the scooter, underseat storage as well as the external fuel filler cap. And speaking of the underseat storage, it looks fairly cavernous and should swallow a proper full-face helmet whole.

      The Kymco KRV 180 is now available for booking from local distributor - Motor Sport Pte Ltd (Kymco Singapore). With enough traction, you'd soon be seeing many of these on the roads as one of the most bang for your buck scooters there is available!
      Stay tune for a full first ride and review to come to SingaporeBikes.com!
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