Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.

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by Allyn Hinton, onFebruary 22, 2018, 20:34LISTEN09:07

The mini-streetxe đạp market heats up with new competition khổng lồ go head-to-head with the long-standing K-Pipe 125 from Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd — better known lớn us as the Taiwanese manufacturer, KYMCO — introduced not long ago khổng lồ the U.S. market. Intended to be lightweight and fuel-efficient, the K-Pipe gives the pocket bike class — long dominated by Honda with the Grom and now with the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki — a viable, less expensive sầu option. Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.

Continue reading for my reviews of the KYMCO K-Pipe 125.


One thing KYMCO did right was the 17-inch wheels; the 12-inchers on the Z125 just look almost cartoonish by comparison.
As loathe as I am lớn hotline these monkey bikes,” that seems to lớn be what folks want khổng lồ Điện thoại tư vấn these little street bikes. I disagree, though they are still rather niche. Since the Honda Grom gets so much attention và press, I decided to lớn take a look at Kawasaki’s new-from-2017 entry into the pocket bike market, the Z125 Pro. Yeah, K-Pipe might be more of a match up for the SSR Motorsports Razkull 125, but I’m gonmãng cầu go with the Kawi this time.

While KYMCO definitely gives the K-Pipe a sportbike stance, Kawasaki gives the Pro features comtháng khổng lồ its larger rides. The headlight housing, inverted front forks, engine shrouds and chin fairing all would fit in on up the range, but from that point baông xã the truncated nature of the ride dominates the looks. In that way, the K-pipe looks more naturally proportioned, & the Pro comes off looking lượt thích a bit of a Frankenstein.

Engine thiết kế is fairly similar, with both rides running four-cycle, air-cooled, single-cylinder mills. Kawasaki steps it up a bit with electronic fuel injection instead of carburetors, which is a plus to lớn many, but I still prefer a carb, ’cause at least I can work on it. As you might imagine, power numbers are very similar. KYMCO manages to lớn get 8 ponies and 6.3 pounds of grunt out of its plant, & Kawasaki does just the tiniest bit better with 8.3 ponies và 6.5 pounds. Tiny win for Kawasaki.

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The Z125 comes off looking a lot more sturdy when we consider the suspension components, namely the confidence-inspiring, inverted front forks and preload-adjustable monoshoông xã in back. It also sports disc brakes all around, opposed to lớn the disc/drum bộ combo on the K-Pipe. One thing KYMCO did right was the 17-inch wheels; the 12-inchers on the Z125 just look almost cartoonish by comparison. All in all, Kawasaki’s experience shows in the chassis, và seems khổng lồ make for a more solid ride.

KYMCO picks up a win at the till. At only $1,999, the K-Pipe wins the race to the bottom with the Z125 Pro clocking in at half-again more with its $2,999 sticker. Riders looking for absolute bargain-basement transportation might find a match with the K-Pipe, but I think if you want lớn really have sầu something that will st& up to the abuse associated with “fun,” the extra gr& for the Pro might be the way lớn go.

He Said

My husband & fellow motorcycle writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Ya know, it’s a dễ thương little thing, but not as dễ thương as the Grom or Pro, và it’s much more a scooter on steroids than the other two. Not saying that’s a bad thing, just calling it lượt thích it is. I can see this as perhaps a trainer, or maybe a commuter somewhere that has a large scooter culture, but beyond that, it doesn’t really have a lot of practicality.”

She Said

“As some of you are aware,KYMCO has been making a K-Pipe 50 & K-Pipe 125 for a while. It’s only recently come to the U.S. market. In 2016, Honda had some competition for its Grom, and competition is always good for the buyers. For anyone skeptical about whether KYMCO can make a reliable hàng hóa, rethành viên that it’s a Taiwanese company — not mainland Đài Loan Trung Quốc, although that’s not always a bad thing, either — and KYMCO has had a hvà in a lot of the smaller engines used by some of the Big Four manufacturers.”


Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine:123.7cc Air-Cooled Single Cylinder Four Stroke
Bore và Stroke:54 milimet x 54 mm
Horsepower:8 hp
6,000 rpm
Compression Ratio:8.6:1
Fuel Management:Carburetor
Valve Train:SOHC; Two Valves Per Cylinder
Transmission:Four-Speed Manual/Semi-Automatic
Final Drive:Chain
Front Suspension:Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension:Mono Shock
Tires - Front:2.75-17
Tires - Rear:3.50-17
Brakes - Front:Twin Piston Caliper 276 mm Single Disc
Brakes - Rear:Drum
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length:76.4 inches
Width:37 inches
Height:41.3 inches
Wheelbase:50.8 inches
Dry Weight:224.4lbs.
Seat Height:31 inches
Fuel Capacity:1.2 Gal.
Estimated MPG:70 mpg est (based on EPA data)
Emissions:Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards và may differ slightly due to lớn emissions equipment.
Warranty:2 - Year Factory Warranty, extended coverage available with KYMCO extended protection plan.
Colors:Red, Pearl White, Black