a motorcycle blog flipside
The second scooter in my list of prospective bikes for my next ride in a couple or so years was the Kymco Super 8 125. It actually came out flipside a couple of years before the first one in my list, the Kymco Like 125. The Super 8 just simply couldn’t quite compare with the Like, not only in the looks department but in the compartment capacity department as well. While the Super 8 only had that large under seat utility box, the Like had both the under seat utility box and the rear carrier box.
The Super 8 was no lightweight in appearance though. It had just that right of sporty look to give the Yamaha Mio a run for the money. True, the Mio had its reputation and good availability of parts and accessories going for it, the Super 8 had it beat on compartment capacity, gas tank capacity, and engine displacement. While the Super 8 was relatively new compared to the Mio, Kymco was no slouch when it came to its reputation of producing of good quality and reliable rides.
From the Kymco Philippines website:
|•||Six (6) Spokes alloy rim with wave rotor disc|
|•||Push buttin pillion step|
|•||Wide 14” diameter rear wheel|
|•||Spacious Utility Box|
|•||Integrated tail light and winker system|
|•||Double halogen headlight|
|•||Air Cut-Off Valve (ACV) for better fuel economy|
|•||Clear sporty panel with digital clock|
|•||Throttle Positioning Sensor (TPS) for better acceleration|
|Wheel base (mm)||1345|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||150|
|Saddle Height (mm)||780|
|Dry Weight Amount (kg)||121|
|Bore X Stroke (mm)||ф52.4457.b|
|Max. Horsepower||9.4 ps @ 7500rpm|
|Max. Torque||9.3 nm @ 7500rpm|
|Frame||Pipe Under bone|
|Rear Suspension||Unit Swing|
|Front Tire||100/80-14 tubeless|
|Rear Tire||120/80-14, tubeless|
|Brake system (FR/RR)||Disc/Drum|
|Disc Diameter (mm)||ф240|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6.0 liters|
|Starting System||Electric+Kick Starter|
|Spark Plug Type||NGK.cr7h5a|
|Engine Type||4-Stroke, OHC, Single Cylinder, Air Cooled|
I want a red one, of course. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really in love with theredness of the new colors that Kymco came up with for the Super 8. If I do opt to get a Super 8 in the end, I’ll have to get one in the old black and red color scheme.
The Super 8 and Mio were really neck-to-neck close in my mind. What really pushed the Super 8 ahead though was not so much a matter of specs nor a matter of looks. It was because the Mio had become so popular to such extent that criminal syndicates had taken to bike-napping them, whether from the parking lot/space or from the owners themselves at gunpoint.