KYMCO Quannon – Small Bike, Big Fun

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KYMCO’s recently introduced Quannon 150 sportbike (MSRP $3,449) is destined for U.S. dealerships during the second quarter of 2009 as an early-release 2010 model.

The bike, released for Euro markets last year, is powered by a 149.3cc air-cooled four-stroke four-valve kymco_quannon150 engine producing 14 hp. Physically, it’s not much smaller than Kawi’s Ninja 250R. People will recognize it as being more diminutive than a 600-class machine, but not by much.

I had the chance to road test the Quannon earlier this year. I stand 5’9″ and found the ergonomics quite hospitable. At a standstill I was comfortably flat-footed with bent knees. Once underway, the clip-on-like handlebars and slightly rear-set foot pegs supplied equal comfort with a sporty feel.

The bike has an extremely short first gear (something I also noticed during a recent test of the India-made 160cc TVS Apache RTR) but a quick shift out and through the next four gears supplied more than enough forward thrust to propel me confidently down the 55 mph county roads on which I was riding.

Twisting the throttle to stop, the speedometer showed a top speed of 68 mph in normal riding position; in full tuck I saw an indicated 72 mph.

I’m confident this little runabout could be a big hit with consumers looking for a simple yet flashy intra-city commuter. And, aside from the forthcoming TVS and some untested New Asian units, KYMCO will pretty much have the market cornered.

I often hear from old timers who say “It’s a lot more fun to travel quickly on a slow bike than slow on a fast bike.” I couldn’t agree more.

Engine Type…149.3cc air-cooled four-stroke four-valve
Bore/Stroke…..62×49.5
Ignition….Electric
Gearbox…5 Speed
Chassis…Steel
Front Suspension…Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension…Mono shock
Front Brake…Single disc
Rear Brake…Single disc
Front Wheel/Tire…110/80-17
Rear Wheel/Tire…140/70-17
Dimensions (LxWxH) …81”x28.5”x46.2”
Seat Height…31.5 in.
Wheelbase……53.3 in.
Fuel Capacity…3.6 gals.
Estimated MPG…70-75 MPG
Weight…299 lbs.
Available Colors…Blue/Graphite or Red/Graphite
Warranty…Two Years

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3 Responses to “KYMCO Quannon – Small Bike, Big Fun”

  1. bunny punia Says:

    Hi Guido,
    Can i have your email id please. I have some great stuff on the TVS Apache RTR that could be of use to you

  2. We’ve got fans — In India! « Dealernews Blog Says:

    […] India. Bunny Punia, an employee at BIKE India picked up on Guido’s recent post about the new KYMCO Quannon and added it to his own blog BHP – More is never enough. If you visit this site be sure to read […]

  3. Maroon Says:

    Hundreds of laborers of KYMCO Indonesia ( Kwan Yang Motor Taiwan ) down the road to beg for food since the company left them and their family starving.

    Employees in leave without pay and by the certainty by the company, Kymco Motor.
    The employee said that Kymco is a devil….

    please spread the news…

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