2018 KYMCO Like 150i First Ride Review: Retro Reborn
Date posted on March 18, 2020
The all-new KYMCO Like 150i ABS
possesses a stunning design of a modern scooter with futuristic-retro style. It
was named the 2017 Best Scooter in the USA at the prestigious Motorcycle.com
Awards for its modern features and performance, unprecedented for a lightweight
It is powered by KYMCO’s
newly-designed 4V technology engine, which has an increase of 1.4kW to the
power of its predecessor, making it the best in its class. It provides a smooth
and linear output throughout its power band. The roller rocker arm in the
engine reduces friction within the valve driving system, while the lightweight
cylinder head enables the engine to generate more power.
Capable of high speeds for any urban setting,
the Like 150i can run on any full-access highway or cross bridges, complemented
by the ease of a twist-and-go automatic transmission and stable yet super light
Wearing both the classic and modern
looks, the scooter comes with a modern retro LED headlamp, a highly luminescent
full LED tail lamp, a fully digital instrument panel, a glove box compartment
with lock and USB charging port, a 12” aluminum alloy wheel and Bosch antilock
braking system, and an easy front fuel filler opening. Moreover, its innovative
design allows better balance and stability, while exuding European elegance.
We got to see the prototype sample, the first
KYMCO Like, way back in early 2009. We are very close friends with Mr. Gilbert
Limjoco of KYMCO Philippines. He allowed us to test ride the KYMCO Like and I
immediately got attracted to it because of the styling and especially its
price. It was only 70 something thousand pesos then. At that time, the Vespa,
the original one, was 200 thousand plus. So, the KYMCO Like was really a
Immediately, I placed an order to Sir Gilbert
and because of our good relationship. Actually, the first KYMCO Like unit was given
to me. I bought the white unit and then the second one went to Ricci (Richard
Abrina). Ricci got the Super 8 two years earlier and is very happy with KYMCO
and he also bought a KYMCO Like. And the third unit, I think went to Mr. Ryan
Chao of Motoworld. That’s how impactful the first Like was in terms of styling
and value for money. I kept the Like for maybe 3 years, using it. That time it
comes with a top box. I changed it to a bigger top box and you can actually
read our first impression report in InsideRACING Magazine way back in 2009.
Today, 10 years later, good thing
that there is the new KYMCO Like 150i. Aside from the styling, the good thing in
the 2009 model is that we were already impressed with the braking and the power
of the motorcycle. It was only a 125 carburetor model. The braking, although
there’s no ABS, was really strong. And the tires are also nice. On top of that,
for a price that’s like a Japanese motorcycle, it’s a good feeling that you own
something that is retro-styled. With the new version, KYMCO did a very good
The concerns that I had with the old
model, if I could remember, there were only two things. First and foremost is
the hard rear suspension and the old KYMCO Like is not that smooth to ride and
there was also the high floorboard. But among others, this is the first to have
a USB port. And like I said, the brakes are very strong. With the new Like 150i,
the styling is actually closer to the inspiration and we cannot deny it, its
inspiration is the Vespa scooter. If you compare this Vespa to the new KYMCO
Like, they resemble in terms of styling but the KYMCO is better because of the
LED lights and its instrument panel is more advanced. Too bad, the unit that we
had was the lower version which doesn’t have the Noodoe. The Noodoe is something
you can pair your phone with, you can do navigation and facebook.
The new engine of the Like is already much
smoother and more powerful. There are 3 reasons and these are fuel injection, 4
valves and of course it’s bigger at 150cc. It’s much smoother and more
powerful. Acceleration is really impressive. In fact, comparing it with the
Vespa that we have which is less than 3000km, it runs better. And one thing I
also like about the new KYMCO Like is its stability.
I felt more stable riding the new Like
probably because of the size of the wheels and the geometry is more relaxed.
Mentally, the new Like is not tiring. The Vespa is a bit twitchy but it’s not
that bad. But the new Like is much more relaxed to use. And of course the price
is good. We really like the styling resembling the Vespa. Even the seat now has
a different color. Mine was also white, I had to modify the seats and modify
some to look like retro. And what I liked about this is that the new Like has
many metal chrome trimmings. The group chrome trims at the side of the foot
body work is continuous and it’s metal. It’s not chrome plastic anymore. Also
the rear grab reel, from plastic now it is chrome like the Vespa. Of course the
instrument panel is much nicer and there is a fuel gauge, voltmeter and most
importantly the ABS Indicator, because this new Like has an ABS from Bosch. So,
safety-wise it’s very good.
The old Like has strong brakes. This
new Like still has strong brakes but is much safer to use because of the ABS.
Now in terms of the suspension that I mentioned a while ago, the complaint I
had with the old one is now gone, this new Like is much smoother to ride.
Before we were searching for replacement shocks in the old Like, now with this
new one you don’t have to. Again, then new Like is smooth to ride like the
Vespa. And yet, although the Vespa has metal monocoque chassis, the new Like
has a more solid feeling closer to the metal monocoque chassis feel of the
10 years after, the new Like still has this proposition that it’s very
stylish and you feel like you’re owning something not Asian, it really looks
Italian. If you want to be different from the other scooters, the other
Japanese scooters, and if you are not a fan of racing or graphics, then the KYMCO
Like is for you. It’s elegant; you don’t have to go fast. Just chill. It has
this elegant and upscale feeling.
Congratulations KYMCO! This is a big step up
and a lot of old Like owners will upgrade to this new one. And of course it has
the same quality of KYMCO. Again, thank you KYMCO Philippines!