KYMCO KXR 250 test
Intro: WHATS UP DOC ?
Taking a departure from the usual at Party Cycle, today we present a four-wheel machine. In 2003 quads were finally homologated for on road use, which in turn provoked a sales explosion in the sector. More than 20 000 quads were sold in France last year. Today with a standard drivers licence you can ride in perfect legality aboard a quad. In this fast growing market, the Taiwanese constructor Kymco has more than a 30% share, so we decided to see what was all the buzz about with this playful four-wheeler.
Esthetique: A REAL FIGHTER
The first argument in favour of the quad is of course its look. Large tyres, exaggerated wings, and these days the quads are taking on a more aggressive aspect. The KXR 250 is certainly no exception to the rule. Sitting quite high, the top of the Kymco range has some mighty wide shoulders, a mean look; in short this machine has a fearsome personality. A quick glance at the dashboard and you will immediately notice that the KXR 250 is not a complicated machine. A simple spedometer with an old fashioned odometer. There is no fuel gauge nor is there a clock, but when one is aboard a quad such as this, time is of no relevance.
Motorization: WELL EQUIPPED
Technically, it isnt too bad either. The KXR uses a single-cylinder four-stroke 249cc motor, which delivers 17 horsepower and a torque of 14.4 foot-pounds. All of this is accompanied by an automatic transmission. It also sports a reverse gear.
On the road: NOT BAD, BUT A FEW DISADVANTAGES
The big innovation is that now you can also take advantage of the quad on the road as well as the dirt, and there it holds up
its end of the bargain. The Kymcos off-road origins are found in the automatic gearbox. It is a rather short box, which offers
the KXR starting and accelerating qualities that are simply surprising. The top speed of the KXR now reaches the 90km/h
While very fun to ride on the dirt, these machines require a period of adaptation for the road. Firstly, one must not hesitate
to sway the Kymco from one side to the other even at lower speeds to counter the natural under steering tendency of a
quad. Next, one has to become used to the behaviour of the rear axle.