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Kymco raises the bar with the KRV 180i TCS

Independent swingarm guarantees better ride comfort

The KRV 180i TCS brings a lot of tech to the commuter segment. PHOTO FROM KYMCO

With the scooter market chockablock with plenty of good choices in the entry-level segment, Taiwanese brand Kymco goes for the higher-end category with the KRV 180i TCS. With styling and tech derived from the company’s flagship AK 550 maxi scoot, the KRV boasts a most unique feature in its independent-swingarm design similar to a conventional motorcycle.

The swingarm design reduces unsprung weight for superior handling. PHOTOS FROM KYMCO

Unlike most scooters that mount the engine with the suspension, the KRV’s engine is attached to the frame, driving the rear wheels through a belt drive and a continuously variable transmission. The swingarm design creates a lower center of gravity as well as optimal weight balance for excellent ride quality and handling characteristics.

The 1,75cc four-valve liquid-cooled engine is Euro 5-compliant and is rated at a healthy 16.8hp and 15.7Nm.

This scooter is for the techie crowd. PHOTOS FROM KYMCO

Thirteen-inch alloy rims with 110/70 front and 130/70 rear tires, and large 270mm/234mm front/rear discs with dual-channel ABS complete the underpinnings. The 795mm seat height should make it accessible for most riders, and the bench seat is long and amply padded for two-up riding.

The cockpit is feature-packed as well. It includes keyless ignition, dual USB ports, and an LCD dash. Underseat-storage capacity is 25L, while the 7.2L tank should give the KRV 180i TCS some long legs for touring. Traction control is also available and should prove useful in our inclement weather. LED headlamps and taillamps complete the upmarket look.

There are other colors to choose from if blue is not your thing. PHOTOS FROM KYMCO

Weighing in at 143kg and with a longish wheelbase of 1,400mm, the KRV isn’t as compact as industry stalwarts like the Yamaha NMax and the Honda PCX160/ADV150. Rather, it seems to be aimed at riders who’d like a techier alternative and are willing to pay substantially more. The suggested retail price is P189,900, but there is an ongoing preorder discount of P10,000 until November 30, 2021.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.