I have just recently bought one new in the city of Cape Town in South Africa. Here KYMCO is a known brand and has a good reputation especially for its automatic scooters which seem to be a hit with young people, students and business/pleasure yuppies who want to get around without traffic or parking problems. I decided to get the ACIV 110 for a strange reason. I like gears because it gives me some measure of control. Perhaps I was wrong and should have gotten one of the automatic models but these are about $800 more expensive. I got my bike at a recognized KYMCO dealer and its the best recommended way tto get one because of the support and warrantees. I have been driving a little and need more time to get used to the machine. It seems to have a very good motor/engine. The gear is a little awkward for me but maybe Iīll get used to it. I canīt get used to changing down from 4-3-2-2. Going up is much easier. Itīs just not comfortable to go down a gear. The design is a little awkeard as well, even a little ugly in my oppinion. So why dd I get this bike. For the relatively fair price although it could have been at least $3-400 cheaper as the Honda CGR 125 is an excellent competitor and is almost the same price. Why didnīt I get the Honda? well because itīs 3-4 hundred dollars more expensive and looks a little bigger and heavier and that frightened me a little, because I am a skinny guy and donīt fancy lifting up a Honda that has fallen to the ground (yes it happens! to all of us once in a while.)
The other reason I stuck with the Activ 110 is because all I need is some cheap transport from my appartment to my work and itīs only a 10-15 minutes drive - so getting an expensive highway bike would be a waste of my money.
The Active takes a bit of getting used to. Sometimes it feels as if Iīm working the engine to hard but apparently you should! So itīs OK to be on 3rd gear and going 30-50 km. Apparently thatīs normal and you only need to up to 4th around 60-70 kms.
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