A long term review of the 250cc KYMCO Venox beginner cruiser after 10,000 kilometers of ownership and adventures. The best reviews come from the horse’s mouth, the riders who’ve spent thousands of kilometers on a bike, drawing his or her own conclusions based on the experience. After 10,000 km (6,200 miles), it’s time I shared my two cents.
Let’s clear up any possible misconceptions:
KYMCO is a Taiwanese company, not Chinese or Korean.
KYMCO has produced bikes for Honda in the past, and more recently, is the maker of the engine BMW used to launch its 450cc enduro.
KYMCO is well known in Asian and European markets, particularly for their diverse line up of great scooters. The company makes ATVs as well.
2 Year warranties come standard!
So what is the Venox?
- 250cc, 90-degree “L-Twin” 8V engine with DOHC and liquid cooling
- 28 horsepower; 15 ft torque at 8,500 RPM
- 120/80-17 Front; 150/80-15 Rear
- 14 litre fuel capacity
- 63″ wheelbase, she’s wider, heavier, longer, and taller than any other 250cc cruiser we have here in Canada.
The first ride
The first thousand kilometers on my brand new KYMCO Venox were impressive. The bike looked, handled, and performed better than any other 250cc cruiser I’ve seen. There was no comparison between the 28 horsepower Venox and my old 18 horsepower Honda Rebel. The 8-valve liquid cooled DOHC twin carbureted motorcycle is definitely the little-known leader in its class.
Any problems in the first 1,000 km?
Admitted, there were two minor issues in the early going: One of my front fork seals began leaking. When it was determined that the seal needed to be replaced it was covered under warranty at Studio Cycle Group.
Somewhere between 1,000 km to 3,000 km is where things picked up. Mileage jumped to a steady average of 60 MPG, more when I wasn’t riding the bike like a maniac. More importantly, performance increased as well. Unlike the other the other 250cc beginner cruisers that really need to be revved up for quick acceleration, the Venox can speed up well with a strong midrange. At 28 horsepower, the bike is about evenly matched with Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R and riders shouldn’t hesitate to go for a highway run. Completely stock and without windshield the Venox did an indicated 140 km/hr, or what my GPS said was 137 km/hr with more acceleration available.
The bike has an obvious long rake to the front wheel. The 63-inch wheelbase, good suspension, and low center of gravity provide a bike so stable even new riders can take both hands off of the handlebar with confidence. The seat is wider, longer, and overall more comfortable than other bikes in its class. The tires (front: 120/80-17, rear: 150/80-15) add to the rider’s confidence and come handy around potholes, streetcar tracks and other hells of downtown Toronto riding. The seat height is slightly taller than the other 250cc cruisers on the market and the overall size and feel is one of a 600-650cc bike. My girlfriend found the back seat of my Honda Rebel and similar bikes such as the Suzuki Marauder and the Yamaha V-Star 250, to be unsupportive and uncomfortable. The back seat of the KYMCO Venox is much wider and softer and my better half had no issues taking a 110 km ride from Toronto to Collingwood for the 2009 Ride for Sight.
Not a bad ride!
For the trip, the girlfriend and I piled the Venox up with our camping gear. Once rolling the motorcycle had no problems making power. When we arrived at the Ride For Sight there seemed to be no end to the people who came to stop, look, and ask questions about the Venox, which the Harley crowd referred to as “the little V-Rod”.
There’ve been no surprises with maintenance, the oil changes are easy, and the bike is holding out well. All parts are easily accessible for service, and the fenders and other parts are easy to remove. I’ve installed a 12V lighter to power the GPS I have mounted to my handlebar. I’ve also installed a lightbar. The stock horn (a loud, chippy “meep meep”) was replaced by a decent 130 decible low-tone horn. Finally, I had my baffles modified slightly, the resulting noise the Venox produced was incredible.
All in all, an excellent bike, but in the spirit of providing a fair, un-biased review, I’ll address the few issues I do have:
- There is a bolt around where the exhaust pipes join. This bolt is visibly corroding. I’ve noticed this on other Venox models as well. You don’t notice it unless you’re on the floor looking upwards at the bike.
- Much like other 250cc cruisers, aftermarket accessories are difficult to come by. You can get saddlebags, a windshield, and tool kit fairly easily. Lightbars, engine guards and backrests can be had with a little searching.
Take a look at the Honda Magna 250, sold in Australia, and the KYMCO Venox on this review of a 2003 model. For more information on BMW’s partnership with KYMCO, check out the links at the bottom of the page or click here.
The KYMCO Venox saves me tremendously on insurance. At an average 60 MPG, I can get 350 km to the tank and save every time I fill up. For anyone who’s comfortable with simply cruising at 130 km/hr and under, this is all the bike you’ll need. It’s big, comfortable, handles very nicely, and the technology put into the bike into the bike give it great performance.
Where to find KYMCO in Toronto?
Check out Studio Cycle Group located near Keele and Dundas at www.StudioCycleGroup.com
More Venox info:
- KYMCO Venox Lightbar modification.
- KYMCO Venox exhaust pipe baffle modification (to make it sound loud).
- KYMCO Venox Exhaust Baffle Mod step by step Instructions with Images.
- How-To: KYMCO Venox Oil Change
- How to make your KYMCO Venox Faster.
- KYMCO Quannon 150cc sportbike review and comparison with Honda CBR-125R.
- PDF document with full specs from KYMCO Canada.