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Old 05-13-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Opinions on Kymco B&W 250?

Acquaintance has the above 04 for sale. Less than 3K miles on it. Like new condition. Asking $1700 but will take less. I don't know anything about Kymco's or the Bet & Win 250.

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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Kymco's are known for being sold, bullet-proof scooters. I have a People 250 with the same engine as the B&W with over 35,000 km on it. It's been a great bike.

I feel it is one of the best brands on the market. Made in Taiwan. Nearly the same quality as the Japanese brands and more reliable than many of the others. You may not know their name in the US but they are one the largest manufacturers in the world. They were the manufacturer of scooters for Honda until they started selling their own brand in the US starting in 2004.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #3
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techguy's right.

I, as many others, have just recently learned about Kymco. They've actually been around for quite a while but their little known in the US market.

They are very good quality scooters. MOST of them are priced great, although certain models in particular are super over priced with some underpriced. The Agility 125 is retailed for $1,799 now!

Although their cheaper, they are by no means lower quality than Honda. In fact, they were working with Honda in the scooter department for a while as I recall. I believe the popular 80's Honda Elite 150 was produced as the Kymco Freeway 150 in other countries or something like that.

The B&W 250 is a great scooter. It tops out at about 75+ MPH. $1,700 is a pretty good deal as well, and awesome if you can talk him down a little.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #4
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Make sure you fit on it, I have read it has a small cockpit.

My scooter has the same KYMCO engine and transmission as the Bet and Win and has given me 22,000 trouble free KM's.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #5
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Great scooter...

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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Decent bike. Built in Taiwan, so the quality is very good. I liked the style of the Bet and Win, and the 250 was a fairly rare bike. The 150 was much more common. The only problems you will have is replacing plastics, other than that, it shares engine parts with a lot of the Kymco lineup.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:33 PM   #7
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Never had the pleasure of riding a Kymco but I've heard their great bikes and really reliable. I've actually been hunting a "Like" for myself. Only problem I've heard is parts sourcing unless to have a Kymco dealer near you. On that note though I believe you can get parts threw Max at Scooterwest.com? Never asked him though
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:40 PM   #8
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Thanks for info. Going to have to make some decisions.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for info. Going to have to make some decisions.

C'mon. It's just a scooter. Pull the trigger and start having fun...
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:36 AM   #10
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The B&W was a great bike but I think they only sold for one year or so in the US. I would say buy the scoot and have fun. IMHO, the only thing that would be expensive to replace is the plastics and they are not that much.

Only you can tell if the bike fits or not. if so... Buy it.

If you buy it at a good price, you may be able to ride it for a year and sell it for the same money... assuming you keep the rubber side down.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:26 AM   #11
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Thats a good buy, was looking at a 2009 Kymco 150 for $1500
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:41 AM   #12
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great Bike. Dawns second bike now but she will not sell it as of yet.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:11 AM   #13
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Acquaintance has the above 04 for sale. Less than 3K miles on it. Like new condition. Asking $1700 but will take less. I don't know anything about Kymco's or the Bet & Win 250.

Opinions?
You're seriously asking generaly about Kymcos?!
Long story short - they're as good as it gets, older ones (like the B&W) might
seem built to a budget (re: finishing touches) but there's really NO issues.

The B&W 250 uses the same engine as the GrandVista (GrandDink), People S250 and the Xciting 250. It's bulletproof, and FAST in the B&W.

If it was well maintained, you'll be one happy scooter guy!
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:34 PM   #14
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He who hesitates is lost. Called the guy yesterday and he had sold it earlier in the day. Oh well.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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The B&W 250 uses the same engine as the GrandVista (GrandDink), People S250 and the Xciting 250. It's bulletproof, and FAST in the B&W.

I think the People S250 is fuel injected where as the B&W is carbureted.
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