Last week we went to Barcelona to present the new scooter from Kymco, the Kymco Yager GT in its versions of both 125 cc and 300 cc. Will any of you say, new? But it was already present on the market. And yes, indeed it was, or rather, it was present on the market from April 2007 when it was presented at the Madrid Motor Show until September 2010 when production ceased.
Three years later, in September 2013 the new Kymco Yager GT It has nothing to do with the previous one since it has been completely developed from scratch with the idea of offering a GT scooter that is positioned between pure Gran Turismo and those with a more urban concept.
Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i, market positioning
The Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i It comes as we said to position itself in a middle ground. It is a Gran Turismo for dimensions and habitability but at the same time on a scooter with a magnificent citizen use as we will see thanks to its flat platform, its agility and weight content.
If we put it in front of their direct rivalsIn the pure GT part we would have the Daelim S3 and the Peugeot Citystar, while as urban models, the SYM Joyride EVO, Daelim S2 and Honda Passion. The Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i would come to occupy a place among them all.
Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i, content design
The first time I was able to contemplate the Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i He revealed me one of those bikes where the photos don't do it justice. Before wearing it, I had been able to see it in photos and its proportions seemed a bit strange to me since to carry the initials GT implicitly it seemed a bit small.
But as has happened to me countless times, you cannot trust your eyes in a two-dimensional environment. For example, the Kymco K-XCT that we tested at the beginning of the year seemed to us of a considerable size and yet its habitability was limited to drivers who were not much taller than 1.80 or 1.85 tall.
So when we got next to the Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i it turned out to be a vehicle of contained dimensions, especially in terms of the width of the set but this does not limit the space on board as we will see later.
Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i: chassis, powertrain and cycle part
The chassis of the Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i uses the configuration already used in both the Super Dink and the K-XCT itself called double structure. Although in this case and not having a central tunnel, it has had to be suitably reinforced to resist the torsions and mechanical stresses that occur in the area of the platform, especially in the 300 cc version.
So we can observe a double tube structure on the sides of the ground (two on each side) that surround the new liter fuel tank and placed under the platform. These four tubes increase their diameter from 22.2 mm to 34 and 28.6 mm when they approach the area of the head tube, which is oversized with a 48.6 mm section tube.
As he propeller of the Kymco Yager GT 125i like the Kymco Yager GT 300i They are known within the Kymco family. The first derives from the one used in the first generation of the Yager and which is also used in the Kymco Gran Dink 125 although it has been conveniently updated with the introduction of the Synerject electronic injection. The power of this engine does not undergo variation, keeping the 11, 8 CV declared at 9,000 laps but the maximum torque does increase, now becoming 10.9 Nm at 7,000 laps.
For its part, the propeller of the Kymco Yager GT 300i it is also derived from used in other well-known vehicles, the Grand Dink, People S and Xciting. In this case the displacement was 250 cc, so for the Yager, the stroke is now a little longer (65.2 mm instead of 60 mm) although it maintains the cylinder diameter of 72.7 mm with what it cubes. a maximum of 270.6 cc.
It counts as the 125 cc version with liquid cooling, two-valve OHC cylinder head and in this case, Keihin injection that also allows it to pass the Euro 4 standard. Its maximum power is 22.8 hp at 7,500 laps with a maximum torque of 22.9 Nm at 6,500 revolutions.
Refering to cycle part, is it's not so sporty as in the Super Dink or K-XCT models for example since the concept is different. Thus, a telescopic fork with 35 mm bars is used, although with a travel greater than usual, of 90 mm to allow greater ride comfort on asphalt in poor condition.
Behind it is a double hydraulic shock absorber with variable pitch springs adjustable in preload in five positions and also with a greater travel than we are used to, again of 90 mm.
In section brakesAt the front we find both the 125cc and 300cc versions a 240mm disc and a 200mm rear disc. In both trains the caliper is double piston in parallel with the detail of using metal hoses to improve both the feel and the bite and to better resist fatigue.
In search of that agility Citizen, the front rim is 13 inches and the rear 12 with 120 / 70-13 and 140 / 70-12 tires respectively.
Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i, equipment and exclusive details for Spain
The Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i, in addition to being created practically from a blank sheet, it has details that You can only observe in the Spanish market. We start with the name since outside our borders its name is G-Dink while here it is Yager GT. But there are more drastic changes, both in ergonomics with the adoption of a new seat and aesthetics due to the color combination that can only be seen here.
The seat from Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i it is brand new. The injected plastic base platform has different foaming and an upholstery with double embroidery in red thread. With the new seat base, it has been possible to gain a few centimeters of height inside the hollow of the helmet, which allows the introduction of full-face helmets with air nozzles in the upper part and that did not fit with the original seat (although faithful to the tradition, my Schuberth SR1 insists not to enter without forcing the seat).
The foam of the seat is softer as it is less dense and has more anatomical shapes. It is narrower at the front to allow smaller drivers to reach it more easily. The upholstery, also with a new texture, is joined in all its parts with a double embroidery in red thread.
The Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i it is available in three colors: white, magnesium gray and red. However, many components have different colors in two shades: black and titanium. Thus, the rims, brake calipers, handlebar weights, fork legs, rear shock absorbers and rear swingarm are painted in black, while in titanium we can find the grille under the headlight, molding of the front part under the seat and keel.. The changes have been made with the collaboration of the dealers who have collected the opinion of the users.
The hollow under the seat it is quite large. It is accessed from the ignition lock and counts as in the case of the Kymco K-XCT of light controlled by a photoelectric cell that avoids battery consumption if the seat is not properly closed.
Behind the shield we see a glove box of generous dimensions. Inside, a 12 V socket will allow us to recharge any accessory while we are driving. A little further down, a hatch gives us access to the gas tank cap, which is locked.
The illumination It is traditional, with a halogen lamp although the position light is entrusted to six LEDs, three on each side of the traditional front optics. Behind, the shapes of the lampshade create an LED effect to give greater visibility to the Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i while the indicators are integrated.
Finally, let's talk about the instrumentation. The table is mixed analog-digital. The engine speed is shown with a traditional tachometer located on the right while a large digital display is in charge of informing us about the current speed and, the time, two partial and the total odometer as well as the fuel level. The numbers used for speed are very large and of easy reading. Distributed on the right of the frame and on the upper part, the traditional indicators such as turn signals, high beam, injection check, oil and reserve indicator.
We already want to turn the key and give the new one a bit of a spin Kymco Yager GT 125i / 300i. The testing area is Monjuic with passage through some roads of the old route so it is time to rub your hands.