KYMCO CK1 125 (2014-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2014

CK1 impresses with style, performance and value

KYMCO CK1 125  (2014-on)

CK1 impresses with style, performance and value

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  10 bhp
  • 100 mpg  -  280 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £1,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Like those Japanese rivals, the CK1 is a fairly stylish air-cooled, four-stroke single. Unlike them, it costs under two grand.

All-new commuter aims to fill the gap between cheap and cheerful Chinese offerings and more proven, pricier, Japanese ones. It succeeds, too, being well-specced, stylish and well priced. Not perfect, it arguably delivers the best of both worlds.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

It rides reasonably well, too, starting cleanly and easily on the button before buzzing along fairly happily to a 65mph top whack, which is pretty much par for the course for these air-cooled singles. In other words: fine for commuting around town; starting to get stretched on dual carriageways…

It’s not quite up to Honda standards of course. The gearchange is a tad crude, the bizarrely red finished front disc and caliper a bit basic and while the speedo’s in mph the mechanical odometer is in kph, presumably because it’s easier to fit a different speedo face than recalibrate the odo. On top of that, while the name and warranty is reassuring, I’ve less confidence in the CK1’s reliability and residuals than I would have with the CBF’s.

Engine 3 out of 5

Like those Japanese rivals, the CK1 is a fairly stylish air-cooled, four-stroke single. Unlike them, it costs under two grand.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Look, it's a 125 built in Taiwan and you cvan buy it new for under £2k. You get what you pay for with this little single. Having said that, you actually get quite a lot. It's a neat little package that is largely impressive. There were no signs of stuff breaking or falling off and it didn't miss a beat during the test.

It's no Honda and I'd be a little nervous about running this unchecked for a couple of years. But if it's kept regularly serviced and maintained, I reckon it wouold be a loyal servant.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

as Kymco themselves put it:  “In the UK, if you are in the market for a new 125cc bike you generally have one of two options - buy a pricey Japanese bike or opt for a cheaper machine from an unknown manufacturer,” says Ian Kidson of sole UK importers MASCO, alluding to the glut of budget Chinese-built machines on the market currently.

He goes on: “With the CK1, we want to bridge this gap. And, at less than £2K we are offering a quality machine from a globally trusted manufacturer, at a price that puts it firmly in the reach of younger learners and commuters.”

He has a point, too. At £1999 the CK1 is midway between its Chinese and Japanese rivals. At the same time, though, it’s good looking (in a Suzuki Inazuma 250 kind of way), well equipped (the dash boasts even a gear indicator and fuel gauge), pleasingly finished (although it has to be said the ally frame style side covers and silencer cover are plastic frauds) and has the reassurance of a brand that’s been around for a while backed up with a two-year warranty.

 

So, while it may not quite be a Honda, think of the Kymco as maybe a two-wheeled Kia or Hyundai and you’re not too wide of the mark (marque? Geddit?)

Equipment 2 out of 5

The Kymco is well equipped  - the dash boasts even a gear indicator and fuel gauge. Overall, it is pleasingly finished (although it has to be said the ally frame style side covers and silencer cover are plastic frauds) and has the reassurance of a brand that’s been around for a while backed up with a two-year warranty.

At the end of the day, it's a fairly basic 125, but what do you expect for under £2k. All in all it keeps it simple, but what there is seems to work well.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their KYMCO CK1 125 (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KYMCO CK1 125 (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.3 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Kymco CK1 125

28 January 2016 by Paul

Lovely looking bike which is great value for money and excellent for urban commuting. Fun to ride, responsive feel and good tyres. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Great ride with good braking
Engine
4 out of 5
Lively engine but 60mph is tops
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Gearbox a little notchy
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
What more can you get for £2000? 100mpg
Equipment
4 out of 5
Good mirrors, fuel gauge and gear indicator. LED lights
4 out of 5

You get what you pay for.

22 September 2015 by Discostu15

Has a very sporty look and grabs attention of many people. Listen, i bought mine for 2550 Euros. It isnt worth to spend more just to buy a 125cc as i'd like to buy a bigger bike so i won't waste much more money just for a 125. You get what you pay... Read more for. I would recomend to anyone starting out on a motorbike . Pros: Very nice LED front and rear and side indicators. Sounds like a sport bike. Good handling . Comfortable with a pillion passenger and without. Suspension isnt as good as the CBR but it handles well over deep potholes so i can't complain. Has a gear indicator and RPM feature. Cons Gear indicator sometimes doesnt know what gear its in. A tad sturdy on 1st gear. Brakes really need to be pressed for it to stop properly

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Handles very well but brakes could have had some more effort put into but i am going to put brembo brakes on so depends on your preference.
Engine
5 out of 5
Sounds excellent. When riding people always know your coming, and it has a cool sporty noise to it.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Only problem i had was the speedo needle which was wobling a bit when under 50km/hr. But dealer sorted it out and that was the end of that minor problem.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Listen, 10 euros petrol served me 290 Km. So im well happy with that and i was going quite fast on the bike so impressed .
Equipment
3 out of 5
Not a lot of equipment but has the basics and im happy with that.
Buying experience

Bought brand new for 2550 euros from a kymco dealer .

2 out of 5

No very good

03 August 2015 by Grez87

As this is a well priced machine i beg to differ on the performance. I have had mine now for 4 months and out of the 4 months it has been in the garage 3 times with different problems each time i wish i had never gone for it and just wish i had stuck... Read more with my first choice which was the honda cbr r 125.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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Buying experience

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £1,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £18
Annual service cost £120
Performance
Max power 10 bhp
Max torque 7.3 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Tank range 280 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type 2 valve OHC single
Frame type Steel tubular
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 128kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake Single disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 80/100 x 17
Rear tyre size 110/80 x 17

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