On January 21, 2016, Kymco was granted an executive order by the California Air Resources Board for the K Pipe 125, indicating its arrival on U.S. shores is imminent.
For those not in the know, the Taiwanese manufacturer has been producing the K Pipe 125 since 2013, where it has been available in other markets. Powered by a 124cc Single Kymco claims makes 8 hp and 6.3 lb-ft. of torque, the K Pipe also features a four-speed transmission.
With the success of the Honda Grom, it’s clear to see other manufacturers are trying to grab the attention of the hip youth market. Kawasaki made its intent known with the Z125 currently tapped for Asian markets, but expected to arrive in the U.S. someday.
With the K Pipe 125, Kymco is also joining the mini-bike fray – sorta. Its 17-inch wheels give it a “big-bike” feel unlike the 12-inchers seen on the Grom and Z125. Also, the Kymco has a longer wheelbase than the Honda (50.8 in. vs. 47.2 in.), and the K Pipe’s claimed dry weight of 264 lbs already eclipses the Honda’s claimed wet weight of 225 lbs. Stopping power is provided by a single front disc and rear drum setup.
Clearly, the Kymco K Pipe 125 is aimed at the youth market. Its minimalistic styling leaves much of the frame rails and engine exposed, while the bodywork that is there is angularly styled and aggressive. No official word yet from Kymco USA as to the K Pipe 125’s arrival date and price.