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Kymco Super 8 125

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:

Features
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
Dimension (LxWxHimm) 1940x745x1240
Wheel base (mm)    1345
Ground Clearance (mm) 150
Saddle Height (mm) 780
Dry Weight Amount (kg) 121
Bore X Stroke (mm) ф52.4457.b
Displacement (cc)    125
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Max. Horsepower 9.4 ps @ 7500rpm
Max. Torque    9.3 nm @ 7500rpm
Transmission  Automatic CVT
Frame Pipe Under bone
Front Suspension Telescope
Rear Suspension Unit Swing
Front Tire 100/80-14 tubeless
Rear Tire 120/80-14, tubeless
Rim Material Alloy
Brake system (FR/RR) Disc/Drum
Disc Diameter (mm) ф240
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.0 liters
Ignition type  CDI
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.

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