Eton matrix 150 - by
Jen I love my Piglet but it is hard to start. Today, however, I want to run it off a cliff. I jumped the battery, put new gas in it, and will only stay started if the choke is all the way open. When did let go of the choke & give it gas, it dies. Every. Single. Time. Any ideas on what is wrong with my Piglet??
Kymco People 150 (2010) - by
Paul M I`ve owned it for 13 months and put 7,200 kilometers on it, or about 4,500 miles. (The speedometer displays miles, the odometer displays kilometers.)
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN: I got green & white because it looks retro, and I think it`s more visible. Adults often smile and me to ask about it. Headlight is fair, signal and tail lights good. Instruments are good, although the gas gauge is off: Slow at first, and when it hits 1/2 it`s actually at 1/4. At the bottom of the red line it`s time for gas. Speedometer is about 5% optimistic. The LOW beam light (what??) is way too bright for nighttime and I`m tempted to disable it. There`s a small 2-section glove box in the fairing, and under seat storage which is fair. For overflow I got an Aerostich LP Bag, which is a strong, thin backpack that compresses to wallet size.
PERFORMANCE: My biggest concern was whether it would keep up with traffic and manage the hills here in the busy suburbs of California. (I`ve ridden fll-size motorcycles for 40 years and still own two.) I`m glad to say it does great. I`m 5`7` and 160lbs. I haven`t ridden two-up, but it probably takes it down a notch. Top speed on the flats is a true 60mph+, and it`ll climb some pretty good grades at 45mph. I believe it`s freeway legal here but I wouldn`t, except to go from one exit to another in a pinch. Above 50mph the handling gets a little twitchy. After break-in, I`m getting a solid 85mpg without babying it. Brakes are good, and cornering is fine, although the left side stand will touch down in spirited corners.
RELIABILITY: I`ve had zero problems. I babied it during break-in, and I do routine service myself. It`s generally pretty easy although the owners manual is vague. I found some PDF shop materials online which are more helpful, but service Kymco`s documentation is inconsistent. If you do your own work you`ll need to use judgement. It`s a little cold-blooded due to EPA requirements. More recently it was getting hard to start, but routine service turned up two loose valves. It`s also sensitive to tire pressure and they`re hard to adjust. I use a bicycle pump and patience. Be careful with the spark plug and other engine parts. A gorilla can break or cross thread things in a hurry.
PRICE/VALUE: I wasn`t sure I`d use a scooter and didn`t want to spend a lot of money. The Japanese are better made, but this scoot works very well for a lot less. Kymco is from Taiwan, and Taiwanese manufacturing should not be confused with Chinese. For example, most carbon fiber bicycle frames come from Taiwan, and Kymco began making parts for Honda in 1963. I`m VERY happy with the price/value.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT: The local dealer is an independent motorcycle repair shop (RM Enterprises, Concord, CA,) that sells Kymcos and racing carts. He`s knowledgable, a nice guy, and I will definitely use him when I need specialized service.
OVERALL: I love it. I bought the Kymco for running errands, trips to the cafe, and local recreational rides. For those things it`s super fun, and gas is only 5 cents per mile.
E-ton Matrix 150 - by
Paul I have an E-ton Matrix R4-150 150cc scooter now for a year, with 3000 miles on it. It is fast and powerful- goes up to 55-60 MPH easily, and has excellent brakes- hydraulically operated disks from and rear. It rides well, even with 220 pound me and a luggage box. It has a manual choke, and is a little tricky to start on cold days, but then runs well. No mechanical problems at all. It is quite a bit cheaper than many otherr scooters, yet is good and reliable.
Avanti Autopower - by
tom Ive had a 2000 Avant Autopower for about five months now and its been absolutley fantastic! I bought it from a guy who had wrecked it but with a bit of fixing and some modification, the thing rips. Ive had it up to 45mph on some straightaways but am a little scared of going faster on it. It does have squeaky brakes and the front end makes strange noises when riding