Kymco debuts ‘smart’ scooter in PHL

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A SCOOTER with smartphone navigation connectivity heads Taiwanese motorcycle-maker Kymco’s latest products in the Philippines.

Launched by the company on Nov. 28 were the Xciting 300i, Like 150i ABS and Like 150i Noodoe.

Noodoe is integrated into the Like 150i’s dashboard. It connects to a smartphone via an app, allowing it to be used as an onboard navigation device. Noodoe also allows users to communicate with other bikers through its cloud.

The retro-styled Like 150i is fitted with LED head lamp and taillight, a TFT LCD instrument panel, a lockable glove box, a helmet compartment under the saddle, a fuel filler cap in front, and a USB charging port. Its air-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve 150cc engine makes 13.5hp and 12.5Nm, and is started electrically. Sending the power to the 12-inch alloy wheels — suspended in front by a telescopic fork and a swing arm in the rear — is a CVT. The Like 150i ABS is identically kitted with the same equipment, but deletes Noodoe in lieu of an ABS.

The latest Xciting 300i received new equipment, which includes a multi-function digital instrument panel, a 12-volt charger, an LED head lamp, a front fuel filler opening, Bosch ABS front and rear, and several storage compartments. The bike is powered by an electrically started 299cc engine that, partly through liquid cooling and fuel injection, makes 29hp and 30.1Nm. The output is sent to the rear wheel by a CVT.

The Xciting 300i’s wheels are sized 14 inches in front, 13 inches in the rear. Suspension is a telescopic fork and a double swing arm with five preload adjustments, fore and aft.

Kymco said the introduction of the new models is a response to the optimistic outlook of the domestic motorcycle market. “We at Kymco recognize the search of Filipino riders for easier and faster ways to move around the city, and we will continue to offer options that will meet their needs, and products that will fit local traffic and road conditions,” said the company’s head in the Philippines, Frank Yang, during the scooters’ launch program.

The new Xciting 300i, Like 150i ABS and Like 150i Noodoe are now sold at Kymco dealerships for P239,000, P98,800 and P119,900, respectively.