Kymco motorcycles include the Quannon 150 entry-level sport bike, and a range of scooters include the Xciting 500Ri and Downtown 300i maxi-scooters, Grandvista 250 touring scooter and small displacement Super 8 scooters.
Kymco’s sporty cruiser, the Downtown 300i, was a welcome addition when it was introduced during the Scoot2TX ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to San Antonio, Tex, for the 2010 AmeriVespa Scooter Rally. Well, she’s back again for 2012 in the original 300cc version and now in a new, possibly more fuel efficient, and 200cc version.
The Downtown 200i is essentially the same scooter as the Downtown 300i; same telescopic front fork, front and rear discs, 14 and 13-inch wheels and 367 pound dry weight, just with a smaller displacement engine (93.1 cubes smaller to be exact) and a $500 savings on the price tag.
All of the new Kymco models have automatic transmission, and the bikes and scooters that are bigger than 125cc are legal in all 50 states, even meeting the stringent requirements of the California Air Resource Board (CARB). I rode all but one of the five new scooters, including a Downtown 200i, two People GT models (the 300i and the 200i), and two Like LX models (the 200i and the 50). I also had a brief ride on Kymco’s flagship Xciting 500 Ri ABS bike, a return from last year’s lineup.