2011 Kymco People GTi 300 review

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Cortez, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I haven't checked the speedo accuracy, didn't have enough time with the
    bike, but with 28hp, I seriously doubt it can do true 100mph, even with
    different gearing.
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  2. soboy

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    Thanks Cortez! Due to on-going back issues, I have decided to sell both my DR650 (will be posting that one in the flea market tomorrow) and my Shadow (already have two seriously interested buyers for that one) and replacing both of them with a maxi-touring scooter. My doctor has told me to stay on pavement due to my back and my girlfriend has decided that riding scares her. So I have narrowed down the field to 5 choices: Burgman 650, Burgman 400, Silverwing, Tmax and Majesty. I need at least 400cc and if I do some LD touring (which is my hope if I can get my back problems cured), I probably will want a twin cylinder scooter. I've test ridden all of them except the Silverwing and Tmax. Burgman 650 is a really nice bike but a bit big for my tastes, I liked the size of the Burgman 400 and the Majesty. Looking forward to trying the other two before I make my decision.
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  3. Cortez

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    If it's primary purpose will be touring, I'd just get the 650 and be done with it.
    :D

    Tmax for touring?
    Sure, probably more comfortable then my Ninja 650, but
    I'd put that one in the last place for touring duty.

    I've worked at a bike shop in 2003/04 and became great friends with the
    owners, and since they carry Kymco now, it makes sense buying one, since
    I can get all the work done on it a bit under sticker price, and I've got over
    10k trouble-free miles (in just over a year) on my Agility 125 so I've got no
    doubts about their higher end models.

    I don't know if you researched the Xciting 500, but I've seen some silly low
    prices for 500Ri ABS models in USA. Wish I can get one that cheap.. but
    I'll be paying over $9k for mine.. when the time comes.
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  4. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    Nice review Cortez.... as you anticipate many of the questions one would ask when looking at a scoot.

    Just a side note. All this clamoring for wind protection makes scooter guys seem like a bunch of wimps. I have done many trips on my harley and I have never had a screen (other than my FF helmet.) Are your neck muscles that weak guys?... get to the gym. When I am on the passport and topping out at 42mph I don't even need eye protection. MY baby blues don't start watering until 50. A screen is nice but you guys use it as a deal breaker on an otherwise perfectly exceptional purchase. Screens are a personal choice to be sure, but in town riding?? you really need a screen??? and your doing 40-45?!?!? :huh

    Anyway, I would love to ride this scoot. Thanks again for the review.
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  5. Cortez

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    You're welcome! :freaky

    As for the windscreen, it's more of a turbulence issue, then actually wind
    protection issue for me, as I've never been happy with the wind screen on
    my Kawasaki.

    Turbulence won't go away with stronger neck muscles and can make the
    ride unbearable after a very short period of time!

    Free flowing air on a naked bike is great.. but some of us ride in the winter
    too

    <iframe width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mp4IO_LrwKM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    :evil
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  6. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    I watched the "Agility @ 130" clip too........HA!HA!HA!

    I kep waiting for the crank and rod to spin out into the bush!
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    When you commute year round in temperatures as low as 15f you are nuts to ride without a windshield. Why freeze when a $100 piece of plastic can solve your problems. When I look at someone riding in sub 30 temps without a windscreen I don't think tough guy, I think idiot.
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  8. DudeClone

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    great review cortez!

    i have been absent a bit and its nice to return and see this. i don't think it was mentioned itt anywhere but what is foot space like on that flat floor? do you think a size 13, U.S. shoe would fit it?

    i hopes so :deal
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  9. Cortez

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    :freaky

    Mine are 9,5 but I think you'll be fine :lol3

    However I had issues with where to put my feet on the Beverly/BV300 (2011)!
    I got more room on my tiny Agility 125.
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  10. damasovi

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    cortez thanks for the info. I think when the day comes for me to have a bigger scooter I may go with Kymco, yes a B400 or 400 yamaha looks nicer now, how ever sometimes you do not need all that plastic to be happy, do you?

    Cheers

    Damasovi
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  11. Cortez

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    In my opinion, the B400 and Majesty are great for someone who has a long
    commute or travels a lot, but they're on the 'edge' when it comes to regular
    everyday scootin' around town. It's not that they're not good at it (still better
    then ANY motorcycle with a manual transmission), but this is the situation
    where less can be more.

    Both DT300i and People 300 are among the best at that, and surprisingly the
    DT300 is more nimble around town then the People. Extra storage helps too.

    Think of it as a mini B400, but without the bulk.
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    Cortez,

    that is what I was thinking, still, these Kymcos look like that co
    uld go around the country, just add new oil, gas and goo!!

    I think a trip to the local vespa, piaggio, kymco dealer is in order!

    Damasovi
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  14. KennyT

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    Hey Cortez. Thanks for the review. I recently purchased my first scooter, a Kymco Agility 125, and am enjoying it so much, I can't stop reading about others. I look forward to owning one of these more powerful machines...
    Thanks again!
    Ken
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  15. Cortez

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    You're welcome.. you're gonna enjoy yourself on that little thing though,
    just try not to make the stoopid mistake I did and sell it when you get
    another one!

    :clap
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  16. KennyT

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    No thoughts on selling my 125. I would like to have several of these. I am going to need a big garage!!:norton
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