Before the recent furor about Kawasaki's upcoming all-new 125cc maxi scooter, Taiwanese motorcycle maker Kwang Yang Motor Company, known to many as KYMCO, was already a few steps ahead with its small-capacity but powerful maxi scooter, the KYMCO X-town CT 125. And most recently, speculations that this "astig" urban lite touring motorcycle could come to the Philippines have been circulating on various social media platforms. Is it really coming to town soon? And the more important questions are what makes this 125cc scooter special and why is it much anticipated?
First seen at EICMA 2018, the X-town CT 125 boasts exceptional performance that's on par with bigger-displacement motorcycles. It offers a fun, leisurely ride whether for commuting or traveling to places within the wide metro. Beyond performance, it comes with an innovative design concept that combines dependability, sophistication and dynamism as well as premium elements.
A 124.8cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder 4V liquid-cooled fuel-injected OHC engine runs the KYMCO X-town CT 125. This Euro 4-compliant powertrain can yield an impressive maximum output of 14.8hp at 9,000rpm and a peak torque of 11.2Nm at 7,000rpm. Hooked to a CVT, it can give off more-than-sufficient power for Filipino riders' city commuting and traveling needs. KYMCO also assures riders of a better-than-expected acceleration versus other bikes of its class. Moreover, its 10.5L fuel-tank capacity allows riders to go long distances without having to stop regularly for gas.
Ride quality is comfortable with the maxi scoot's front telescopic forks and rear double swing suspension setup. Adding to the comfort are the practical features such as the large, plush dual seat, flat footrest, wide backrest and large-capacity under-seat trunk that can store a full-face helmet and other reasonably sized items. Handling is a breeze even in traffic situations especially with the X-town CT 125's highly rigid frame and decently sized 1,513mm wheelbase. Riders also have the advantage of superior stopping power as both front and rear 13-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are fitted with disc brakes and are supported by a Combined Braking System (CBS) technology.
On top of these features, the KYMCO X-town CT 125 gets a handful of nifty innovations such as an easily accessible pull-down lever under the seat to free the passenger foot pegs, a conveniently located USB connector and a 12V charging port inside the trunk to keep the devices you are charging free from inclement weather and from possible theft.
While there's no official announcement from KYMCO Philippines that the power- and feature-packed X-town CT 125 is launching in the country, many enthusiasts believe that with Suzuki Philippines already bringing in the Suzuki Burgman Street 125, it's only a matter of time before the X-town CT 125 shows up at local dealerships.
Surely, the Philippine 125cc scooter segment is bound to get extremely exciting with powerful offerings emerging in this typically underrated motorcycle size segment. Stay tuned for more updates!
- Images from kymco.com