Kymco People 250 opinions?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Chillis, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    There is one for sale that looks to be an ok deal and I am considering snagging it.

    Seems it needs oil and valve adjust about every 2000 kms which is very frequent.

    Anyone have personal experience? Should I just find a cheap car and go after a better model?

    Really want to try one of these bigger scoots as long as I am not always wrenching.
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  2. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    I am also looking at an X9 Piaggio. Depends on the best deal.

    Thanks for the info.
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    Canned Soup The Itenerate Engineer

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    solid reliable scoots,

    I picked up a "basket case" '05 with 20k on it needed new gas and plug, and clutch and down the road we went. About the same time I found a new '09. faster. Good bikes. Running the '05 on errands until it gets sold.

    not the sporty est handling but a work horse

    dave
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    And that is all that I am looking for. If it can cruise an honest 70mph as well, it is all good.

    If the Piaggio comes at the right price it is my preference. Road tripping scoot sounds great.
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  5. allstateclub

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    Sold my '04 People 250 this spring. No issues other than normal maintenence items. Did the valves only once during my time with it and sold it with 28k on the odometer. Clock digits stopped working a while ago. Solid bike that could cruise on the interstate all day long. Did the Scootercannonball on it in '06. There were 2 others on that ride as well. If the price is right, buy it. :evil
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  6. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    How often were you changing oil and what type of range?

    Time clock stopped working? Lol
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  7. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Solid reliable scoot. I believe the valve adjustment is supposed to be every 2000 MILES but it will not need it. My Yamaha Vino 125 has 2000 mile valve adjustment intervals, and it has had it's valves adjusted once in over 24,000 miles (yes, thats 24 thousand miles) It was also made in Taiwan. I do change the oil in it every 1000 miles, but I also ride it at WOT 99% of the time, and it holds under a qt. You will not find a better quality scooter than a Kymco no matter how much you pay. Vespas are solid metal and the finish is better, but they don't last any longer and are not any more reliable.
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  8. allstateclub

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    I'd change the oil every 2,500 to 3,000 miles. Used regular dino oil, never used synthetic or blended stuff. As for the clock, the digits on the clock were those bars that light up to tell the time. One at a time the bars stopped lighting up. One annoying thing was the fuel gauge. It would read full for a very long time, then it would drop like a rock. A bit irritating, but something you quickly get used to.
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  9. Chillis

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    Does this have the same engine as the bet and win? Curious if there performance parts for this bike.

    I see a stainless muffler listed and possible tranny parts.
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    conchscooter Long timer

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    Go with the Kymco if you want a reliable daily rider. The X9 is discontinued and is even more of an orphan than it was previously. The Kymco will last for years and give no trouble.
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  11. Chillis

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    Found a nice gray P250 with less than 4000 miles with a givi top box but it would take a couple of days to ride it back. Or just get the bike which is an hour away in the color I don't like that has scratches and a replacement carb. Hmmm
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  12. JerryH

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    Get the one you actually WANT. I would avoid anything that has been modified, especially exhaust and CVT. Kymcos are great scooters, but anything can be destroyed. I have a 100% stock Zuma 125, and have had absolutely no problems with it. I also have a 100% stock (except for removal of the emissions crap) Vino 125 that has not had a single issue in 24,000 miles. If you go to the forums for these scooters, they are all about performance modifications, and then wondering why it breaks down all the time. Get a scooter that will meet your performance needs to start with. Seems most people get the smaller scooters purposely to modify rather than ride. And a Zuma 125 with a 155cc kit on it is still a Zuma 125, so it is still not freeway legal. The cop goes by the registration. A 250cc scooter should be perfect for a combination of city, rural road, and freeway riding.
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  13. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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    The People 250S should be similar money to a standard People 250, and imo a better Scooter. Hold out for a People 250S if you can. Better brakes, more power, lighter weight.
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    I have been checking those as well. Dual disks sound nice. Is the power That significant?
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    Warney Been here awhile

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  16. rocketmannn

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    Had P 250 for 56K miles with no problems. Change oil every 1200 miles when the service warning comes on. Use 15w-40 diesel oil as the factory requires, not 10w-40 crap, and this scooter will run for ever! Only takes 1 quart. We do one 30 day trip every summer from Ohio. If you get a shot at the S 250 (I have one now), it is faster, handles better and has better front brakes.

    Never use a Gates CVT belts, replace the stock tires with Michelin tires, use balance beads, always replace the roller weights with Dr. Pully 23 gram weights and remember: when it says you are going 86 mph you are only going 80!!
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  17. Chillis

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    I just emailed a guy about an S model as it seems to pack the goods as far as weight and brakes.

    Are the DR Sliders delivering better acceleration, top end, and mpg?

    Also, what speeds can be cruised without it vibrating the header pipe into two?

    I am very easy on machines nowadays so they usually last a long time at my hand.

    Any other pointers about the bike? Issues with fuel pump or filters? Difficulty adjusting valves?
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  18. rocketmannn

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    1. The Dr. Pulley sliders reduce rpm, increase mpg and top speed by 3 mph with little effect on acceleration.

    2. The S 250 does not have a problem with the exhaust pipe separating from the muffler as was common with the 250.
    This scooter can be ridden wide open throttle all day long, until you get the big invitation the courthouse!

    3. There are no issues with fuel pump, filters or valve adjustment.

    The Kymco People S 250 is superior in acceleration, mpg and handling to the Honda Reflex 250 and the Piaggio Beverly 250.
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  19. Chillis

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    Thanks for the info Rocketmannn.

    Luckily these don't sell fast while I make up my mind. There is a standard 250 and the S model that are about the same price.

    I kind of like the looks of the standard 250 better.

    Are the engines physically different?

    Can an exhaust from the S model be installed on the standard model?

    I wouldn't mind doing a custom exhaust using a high quality aluminum or titanium stock take off of a larger bike grafted onto one of these bikes.
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  20. Chillis

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    I made an offer on the People 250 tonight. It is out of state and he sent some pics. Has a few scratches and needs some armorall on the black plastics. Probably new tires and rollers or sliders(7500 miles) and a valve adjustment. We will see how it goes.
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