2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 First Look – A Grom/Z125 Alternative

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 First Look - Overview

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 First Look

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 First Look - Overview

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.

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 First Look - Front disc

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.

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 Specs


  • Type: Air-cooled SOHC 2-valve 124cc single
  • Bore x stroke: 54mm x 54mm
  • Maximum power: 8 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 6.3 ft/lbs @ 6,000 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 8.6:1
  • Fuel management: Carburetor
  • Starting: Electric and kick
  • Transmission: 4-speed
  • Clutch: Manual
  • Final drive: Chain


  • Front suspension: Non-adjustable forks
  • Rear suspension: Non-adjustable shock
  • Tires f/r - 2.75-17 / 3.50-17
  • Front brake: 276mm disc w/ four-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: Drum


  • L x W x H: 76.4 x 37 x 41.3 inches
  • Wheelbase: 50.8 inches
  • Seat height: 31 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 1.2 gallons
  • Dry weight: 224 pounds
  • EPA estimated fuel consumption: 70 mpg
  • Colors: Red; Pearl White; Black
  • Warranty: Two-year factory warranty; optional Kymco extended protection plan.

2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 Price:

  • $1,999 MSRP


2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 Gallery


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