Opinions on Kymco B&W 250?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by mac66, May 13, 2011.

  1. mac66

    mac66 Quasi Adventurer

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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?
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  2. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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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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  3. btcn

    btcn Long timer

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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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  4. tastroman

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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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  5. PinkSteel

    PinkSteel Been here awhile

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    Great scooter...

    Stupid name.
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  6. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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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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  7. Pez

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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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  8. mac66

    mac66 Quasi Adventurer

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    Thanks for info. Going to have to make some decisions.
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  9. PinkSteel

    PinkSteel Been here awhile

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    C'mon. It's just a scooter. Pull the trigger and start having fun...
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  10. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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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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  11. Tacoma

    Tacoma Been here awhile

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    Thats a good buy, was looking at a 2009 Kymco 150 for $1500
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  12. DRAGON1

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    great Bike. Dawns second bike now but she will not sell it as of yet.
    No problems.
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  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    You're seriously asking generaly about Kymcos?! :D
    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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  14. mac66

    mac66 Quasi Adventurer

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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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  15. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    No, I believe the people S250 has a carb.
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  17. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Sorry, you would be correct.
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  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    AFAIK, Kymco never had a FI 250cc engine, all 250s are the same 251cc unit.

    They made the 300cc (270something) first for the Xciting 300Ri, that
    was FI.

    Smaller FI stuff includes the NewDink 200 (Yager) which is actually 175cc,
    same goes for the Like 200i and Agility City R16 200i (some water cooled,
    some air cooled).
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  19. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    See above post
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