Kymco K-Pipe

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by AMAC1680, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. thederrick106

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    Just a few various marketplace searches show K-pipes here and there in the 1K range used with a few miles on them. If your looking to get one as a "toy" and/ as a second bike I would defiantly look for a used one. I have no doubt they can take miles with proper maintenance... And working on these things is about as easy as it gets. Ether try to find one that has obviously been cared for, and in mint condition with a few thousand miles, or one with less than a thousand that looks like it fell over a few times, like the one I just got.

    Being winter in my state helps the buyer big time... All motorcycle prices go back up at least $500 when the snow goes away.

    I really think that their style, look, feel, price brings in a buyer, who quickly wants more than what it can offer. I also wouldn't spend more than "trade in" value on these as they obviously don't have much resale value because new ones are only a bit more, and those without cash in hand can just finance it from the dealer.

    So far I have been very happy with all my Kymco stuff. I am quickly becoming a fan. Hopefully my older Honda ATV's will never die but if I did need another I would probably take a good hard look at the Kymco stuff, compare and contrast prices etc. Being a Honda guy it might be a tough sell but well worth the look.
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    Anyone know of a tubeless dual sport tire that would fit the K-pipe? I ride a lot on pavement, and would smoke through a trials tire pretty quick if I had to guess.
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    I wonder how these compare with my 78 XL125?. They have around the same HP, I think the brakes would be a huge improvement, and e start would be nice.
    Here is one new for $1699
    //hartford.craigslist.org/mcd/d/groton-2016-kymco-pipe-pipe-125/6809903327.html
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    I don't think it would really compare to that honda. That XL125 is an old school dual sport with dual rear shocks, and a vertical engine. A better comparison would be any of the honda offerings that have the super cub style motor, which in my opinion, the kymco k-pipe engine is designed after.

    My '01 KE100 is more similar (two stroke motor aside) to that older KL than the K-pipe... The K-pipe is more like a moped that is trying to look like a sportbike/ dirtbike kinda thing.

    I had a mid 80s XL250R which was twice the bike, motor and suspension wise, that the K-pipe is.

    I love my K-pipes but they are a budget minded commuter that doesn't look like a moped (but kinda is), is capable of posted speed limits on level and down hill streets, and is capable of being ridden through the woods. Its very basic, easy to work on, easy to ride, and looks like a neat sportbike dirtbike -ish thing!

    If anyone gets one thinking its more than what I have posted so far in this thread then they are setting them selves up for failure. Its good for what it is, but its not a high speed low drag bike, its not a dual sport, its not a dirt bike, its not a sport bike, it just is.
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