KYMCO K-Pipe 125

 

 

 

Make Model

Kymco K-Pipe 125

Year

2014

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder

Capacity

123.7 cc / 7.5 cub in
Cooling System Air cooled
Exhaust 1-into-1
Battery 12 V
Starting Electric & Kick

Max Power

6.0 kW / 8.04 hp @ 7500 rpm

Max Torque

8.5 Nm / 0.87 kgf-m / 6.27 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm

Transmission 

4 Speed, semi automatic
Final Drive Chain
Frame Tubular steel

Front Suspension

Hydraulic fork

Rear Suspension

Mono shock

Front Brakes

Single disc, 276 mm

Rear Brakes

Drum, 140 mm
Wheels Multi spoke
Front Rim 2.75-17
Rear Rim 3.50-17
Dimensions Length: 1940 mm / 76.4 in

Width:    940 mm / 37.0 in

Height:  1050 mm / 41.3 in

Seat Height 800 mm / 31.5 in

Dry Weight

104 kg / 229 lbs
Wet Weight 120 kg / 265 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

5 L / 1.3 US gal

Average Consumption 

2.9 L/100 km / 34 km/l / 80 US mpg

Top Speed 105 km/h / 65 mph
Colours White, Red, Yellow

The Kymco K-Pipe is a good-looking, semi automatic bike designed to bridge the gap between an automatic scooter and a geared bike. The model arrived in the UK in 2013 and comes in two capacities, 50 and 125.

Up close when you see the K-Pipe for the first time the bike looks quite skinny, thatís thanks to the narrow profile tank, integrated indicators, tubular steel frame and mono shock rear suspension, which all help to keep things tucked in nicely. The K-Pipe is designed as a lightweight bike with a styling all of its own but itís also a bike that can be ridden and enjoyed, itís actually quite nippy and gets around corners well too.

The 125cc version retails at £1771 on the road (£200 more than the 50cc) and both capacities have digital instruments with various functions including speed, time, a fuel gauge and a tacho, the bike also has stacked dual headlights and an LED tail light. Thereís a disc brake up front and drum at the rear (both of which are up to the job of stopping this 104kg bike easily) and it rides on Kenda rubber, maybe not a designer label but they work well enough, and remember this is learner legal biking on a budget. The 800mm seat height might be slightly too tall for some riders but I found it just about right for my 5í10Ē frame and the narrow saddle helps you to get your feet down when you come to a stop.

The four-stroke engine is quiet, should be reliable and is also fuel efficient (Kymco claim youíll get 100 miles from the 4.5 litre tank). The K-Pipe has four gears but it uses a semi auto gearbox rather than a manual box. Semi automatic is a strange anomaly these days but if it was good enough for the world beating Honda Cub then it must be good enough for the Kymco K-pipe. It means thereís no clutch lever to mess around with, simply knock the rocker pedal into first and twist the throttle. You can use your heel to go back up the gears, or lift it with your toes as you would with an ordinary geared bike. It works well enough anyway.

The K-Pipe 125 isnít slow by any means; itíll do around 65mph and get there quite quickly. Itís nimble as well, so you can enjoy blasting around the countryside, or whip through the traffic in town. Ease of use and manoeuvrability are big selling points for a novice friendly bike, although it still makes me wonder why manufacturers donít build bikes like this with simple twist and go transmission? Surely it makes more sense, then riders get the best of both worlds, bike like styling with simple and effective auto transmission, plus they donít have to worry about chain maintenance.