The 125cc scooter market is obviously a heavily contested one, with brands bringing out so many different scoots to suit almost every situation and use possible. I was able to get my hands on Kymco’s stylish and sophisticated offering the Like 125 – so here’s my road test & review.
When this scooter turned up with the other from Kymco (including the AK550) I instantly thought how stylish this little thing looked. I was also surprised to see a certain Tommy Bridewell has left his mark on the scoot with his racing number 46 stuck on - hopefully, he’s left some of his riding skill in the glove box for me as well, that’d be appreciated!
Anyway, this scooter looks elegant and according to Kymco will be “the Envy of the City”. You can see the influence of retro scoots from times past as well. We had this Like with us for a couple of weeks, and I had a chance to ride it fairly frequently.
Tommy Bridewell Edition Styling
In terms of the appearance and looks of the scooter, I think Kymco has done a good job integrating retro/classic features with a modern twist. There is LED lights front and rear, as well as a clear and simple dash. This one was white with a red seat, with chromed/silver details and looked quite elegant on the road for me!
Of course, this one has the 46 of Tommy Bridewell which is by no means standard, and Kymco has no plans of releasing it as a special edition, but as it was previously lent to him as a paddock scooter for a BSB race it still has his 46 on. I’m hoping people thought it was Tommy himself riding around!
This scooter is surprisingly powerful and left the VSR 125 for dust on the road (the VSR 125 being a bike we were testing at the same time). It’s a Euro 4 compliant single cylinder 4 stroke motor, air-cooled and putting out 11.39BHP @ 8500rpm. Torque and low-end power are great for a scooter - at 10.4Nm @ 6500rpm. All very usable figures, and again this scooter does outpower a lot of 125cc naked bikes and other scoots at similar price points!
Of course, it’s automatic/twist & go and belt-driven. The engine was very perky and responsive, giving you power when you need it most.
If it's good enough for Tommy Bridewell in the paddock, it's good enough for me.
Kymco Like 125 Top Speed
The Kymco Like is capable of reaching a top speed of 65mph.
Brakes and Suspension
When it comes to the brakes, it is good to see both a front and rear disc here, both 220mm with CBS (combined braking system). When riding the brakes felt responsive and adequate for running around the city or on country backroads. No complaints here.
Now onto the suspension, upfront you have telescopic forks which did well to soak up the many potholes littered on the roads in the UK, but I dare say roads are generally better in cities where this bike will live. The rear suspension on the scoot was provided by a “unit swing” which also did well to keep the rear wheel planted on the road.
When I sat on it, being 15 stone-ish, the scooter did let out a bit of a gasp – but it did respectably keep me going comfortably on the road.
Seat Height and Riding Position
The double seat is a decent height of 790mm, in my opinion simply enough the scooter is sized well and in line with all other scooters in this category.
In terms of the riding position, scooters for me are all about comfort and ease of use. Now, for me, comfort on this was… okay. But considering I’m 6’4”, a lot of scooters aren’t really going to fit me too well - my knees being in the dash isn’t helpful when riding around.
To combat this, I had to sit a little further back than I’d liked, and it was definitely a sight to behold with me on there. But once I got used to it, riding around comfortably was no problem - other than dangling my leg like Rossi (or Bridewell) into corners!
For a fair test, we had our other resident bike tester Brett have a go, and it fits him well at 5’6”. I really liked the seat, which I found very comfortable – so if you’ve got a longer ride planned, I’d have no worries on the comfort front.
The good thing about using a scooter as a commuter bike is that you have no worries about storage. There’s a good amount of under-seat storage available (not quite enough for a full helmet, but definitely enough for any shopping or your rucksack).
The glovebox is also easily accessible with the press of a button, and would fit a few smaller items in comfortably – it’s also a particularly good place for your phone, as there is a built-in charging socket which is very handy.
Technology, Dash and Switchgear
Just mentioned was the dash being nice and simple – Kymco does have a Noodoe system on other scooters which is incredible as a user interface, but unfortunately not on the Like 125 which instead opts for a digital and analogue display which works well. I’m hoping future editions of the scooter have the Noodoe fitted as it’s a great feature.
The throttle controls, levers and switches all felt typical Kymco high quality, and I particularly appreciated the ‘ticking’ noise whilst the indicator is on.
The Kymco Like 125 weighs 115 kg when wet (including fuel and oil) as well, so overall a very well-sized scooter (for a normal rider!)
Fuel Tank and MPG
The fuel tank is 6.3L so you’ll have to run it to near empty to get over the pesky 5L limit at petrol stations, but overall you can expect MPG at well over 100.
Kymco Like 125 Price
Priced at £2,349.00, for what you get here, I can't see any complaints for a good commuting scooter. Other scooters in this category don't come close to the engine power, and Kymco is renowned for its quality parts and features.
Final Thoughts on the Kymco Like 125
Generally, the bike was great to ride around on, and if I had a commute to work by town or city I’d absolutely consider this scooter as my mode of transport. The wheels are nice and small allowing you to be nimble and agile on the road - and accelerate quickly - but still felt decently stable.
Filtering is definitely possible with this scooter due to its lightweight and well-sized frame, and the brakes and throttle are both responsive enough to allow you to weave between stopped cars.
- Filtering and Manouvering is a dream
- The styling is a standout for me
- Build quality could be improved
- Wish it had a few ore features such as ABS
The Last Stop!
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my full road test review on the Euro 4 Kymco Like 125.
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Kymco Like 125 Specification (2019-onwards)
|Engine||4 Stroke, Air-cooled, Single Cylinder, 2 Valves (Euro 4)|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
|Suspension||Front: Telescopic Front Suspension
Rear: Rear "Unit Swing"