Kymco Like 200i Ride
Its taking a bit longer then we would have liked, but we get first ride.
We saw it first at Eicma 2009. The larger capacity Like was going to be here mid 2010, latest update is the "end of year" . But lets just say the wait will be worth it.
When visiting my pals at Kymco last week I came across this eagerly awaited model and couldn't help myself. Keys Please?
Before anybody could say no, I was starting her up and accelerating down the road. First thing you do notice is the ease of starting, fuel injection always helps in this regard and with the Like 200i, its no different.
Next is the extra urge you get when you twist the throttle. Nice and smooth, a steady surge that will ensure the Like 200i is sufficient at getting around not only local roads, but also those motorways where maybe a 125 might not have the power required.
By seat of the pants feel, top speed will be well over the legal limits and getting there is no lengthy process.
Everything else is pretty much as we know it, as seen on the 50 and 125. Classic lines, twin disc brakes, good storage via a standard top box, accompanied by a flat floor and ample underseat storage. So all up a pretty well decked out scooter. Price has been set at $3990 + ORC.
The engine is that borrowed from the People S 200, the 163 cc powerplant that pumps out a very usable 8.5 Kw @ 7250 rpm. More impressive though is the torque figures, 11.97 Nm at a low 5500 rpm. So reliable, smooth with plenty of power down low.
Handling wise it still feels like the 125, extra weight from the engine has not burdened this machine. In fact it only weighs in at 4kg's more then the 125, all of 120 kg's all up.
All up its a winner. Good looks matching, ample performance, the Like 200i is the best of both worlds.
For our review of the Like 125 take a look here, till then you'll just have to wait to get your hands on the "nearly here" Like 200i.