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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Practicality and convenience are where today’s large capacity scooters come into their own. Such an example is Kymco’s new 300i Downtown – we say example because it is a new arrival in a growing populace of big-bore four-stroke scooters.
At £3999, the Kymco’s 300cc capacity sits performance-wise between Suzuki’s Burgman 200 and 400 machines, and matches Honda’s SH300i. What sets the Kymco apart numerically is its price. The Burgman 200 is the same £3999 list price, so you get more zip for your money with the Kymco. And the Honda version runs in at meaty £4388 – but you do get a small topbox included in this price!

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Acceleration  up to 70mph is briskly and very smoothly done. The CVT system (Constant Variable Transmission) has no steps to talk of and always delivers smooth drive even after an emergency stop. The rising landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds failed to dent the 60-70mph cruising speed, which pays testament to the strength of Kymco’s new 29bhp, four-valve SOHC single-cylinder, with fuel injection. Phew. And yes, with catalyser exhaust it also impressively clean and efficient. With barely run-in mileage showing the Downtown returned 47.8mpg, with better to come as the engine loosens up with mileage. Max speed is given as 90mph but 80mph is a saner, safer bet.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The angle of the screen with a raised lip also does a good job of deflecting windblast. It’s just a shame the width of the fairing lower isn’t so wide, and that the feet boards don’t allow legs to be tucked further into the middle of the bike because jean bottoms get soaked with road spray. Perfectly placed handlebars and a sumptuous seat mean 80 miles in one stint isn’t a problem. Stability isn’t an issue even when flat out. No worrying wobbles or weaves that so often appear with long wheelbase scooters with small wheels. Mind you, at 14in the front wheel isn’t that small, and the rear 150/70 x 13in rear tyre is a perfect match. Ride quality is firm rather than the usual soft set-up deemed necessary for comfort. The twin rear shocks can cause kick-off over cat’s eyes and bumps. With their preload adjustment set at half way, a plusher ride is only a minute’s worth of tinkering.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Dual seats, of which are possibly more comfortable than a royal household toilet, serve as a lid to underseat storage that will hold two full-face helmets. Clocks are a mix of analogue and LCD and include a tyre pressure monitor. A point is lost because the analogue speedo reads KPH on the larger outer scale and MPH in the inner ring – the MPH numerals are coloured red and too small to see at a glance. Compare and buy parts for the Kymco 300 in the MCN Shop.

Kymco 300i Downtown (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,995
Dealer used prices
£2,960 (2012) - £3,210 (2012)
Private used prices
£2,660 (2012) - £2,890 (2012)
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Engine size 298 cc
Power 29 bhp
Top speed 87 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Kymco is fast growing a reputation for durability – and this extends in all areas, from engine through to component parts to its dealer network and spares back up. Funny how we all thought Chinese-made bikes would be a big threat to the main factories; from the window of MCN’s chicken coop it looks like the Taiwanese are the fist wavers.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Sat midway amongst strong and more popular competition, the Kymco is burning a very bright light for sensible purchases. It looks ultra-modern; rides in the same vein; and is suitably priced to appeal. Find a Kymco for sale.

Insurance

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Model History

2010: UK introduction of Kymco 300i Downtown

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Specifications

Top speed 87 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 29 bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 47.8 mpg
Tank range 132 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 298 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled 4v SOHC four-stroke
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Preload adjustable
Front brakes 1 x 260mm front disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Rear brake 240mm rear disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/80 x 14
Rear tyre size 150/80 x 13

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Kymco is a triumph (a Taiwanese one anyway!)

    mostynmiller1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike following reading up on the many very favourable reviews. On an '11 plate with 3000 miles on the clock £2,500 was a bargain discount to the new price of £4,200. The bike compares very favourably with the usual suspects of XMax, X9 and Burgman all of which I've owned before. You'd think it was a 400cc- this is a great engine. I don't know how the sub 50mpg was achieved by the reviewer as I get 75mpg all day long and that's with mixed riding. There are a couple of little moans- the hinge on the glovebox is a bit weedy and flexes, the cap on the fuel tank is a bit plasticky too but overall these are very minor problems. Any rider used to a good quality Piaggio or Suzuki wouldn't know this was from Taiwan (not to be confused with some of the questionable offerings of the Chinese factorys). Strong acceleration, very sure footed, comfy on a run of up to an hour, thereafter the seat configuration get a little cramped for anyone over 5'10. And a silly tip but spray the exhaust with High Temp BBQ paint to stop it rusting- works great and lasts years. All in all a very good bike very competitively priced- for those in the know (like Kawasaki who sell a re-badged version of this model)!

    27 March 2014

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rlf3says

47.8 mpg?

Pretty shocking considering the Piaggio equivalent gives over 70mpg.

14 October 2010 12:24

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