If you find the Honda Grom and Kawasaki Z125 Pro interesting, but want something different, here is the 2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125. The Taiwanese Kymco is certainly not a clone of the Honda and Kawasaki 125s, as K-Pipe 125 has its own features that set it apart.
Right away, you’ll notice that the 2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 runs $1,999, which is $1,000 less than the Z125’s price and $1200 less than the Grom. Of course, you’re going to be getting a lower-spec motorcycle, but there are a few features about the K-Pipe that draw our attention, in addition to the price.Unlike the fuel-injected Honda and Kawasaki, the Kymco comes with a carburetor. While some Luddites may prefer a carb, most riders will consider EFI to be superior. Also, the Grom and the Z125 have rear disc brakes, while the Kymco K-Pipe uses a simple drum. All three bikes have a disc front brake.One feature that may entice buyers is the full-sized wheels on the Kymco K-Pipe 125. Its 17-inch wheels compare favorably to the 12-inch wheels on the Japanese machines. Despite the considerably larger wheels, the K-Pipe has a seat height that slides right between the Grom and Z125. The dry weight of the K-Pipe is the same as the curb weight of the Grom and Z125, so the K-Pipe is noticeably heavier. Part of that may be due to its longer wheelbase, which certainly will add pounds.While the Grom and Z125 Pro have contemporary appearances, the Kymco K-Pipe has a raw appearance, that feels a bit like an unfinished Honda Ruckus. The K-Pipe is on the ungainly side, and that gives it something of an authentic third-world appeal that will attract Millennials. In contrast, the lighting and LCD dashboard look fully contemporary.The EPA estimate of 70 mpg for the K-Pipe is disappointing, given the Grom’s rating of 134 mpg, though the K-Pipe’s $1,200 lower price will buy a lot of 87 octane.There is definitely a market for these small bikes, and by undercutting significantly in the price department, the 2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 definitely has carved out a niche for itself.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.