The 2005 Kymco ZX was one of the entry-level scooters that Taiwanese manufacturer Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd. (Kymco) released for the 2005 model year. It was produced as one model: the 2005 Kymco ZX 50. The two-digit suffix stands for the approximation of its engine displacement. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2005 Kymco ZX was $1,799.
Powering the 2005 Kymco ZX is a two-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 3.6 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 revolutions per minute (RPM) and displaces at 49 cubic centimeters (thus the suffix; it’s rounded up to 50). The engine has a reed intake valve configuration, a bore and stroke of 39 x 41.4 millimeters (1.54 x 1.63 inches) and compression ratio of 7.3 to 1.
Fueled by a carburetor, the 2005 Kymco ZX engine is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission, which promotes increased engine and fuel efficiency by choosing from an unlimited number of gear ratios. Kymco gave riders the choice between starting the scooter with the manual kick ignition or the more convenient electric ignition. Each 2005 ZX has a gas tank with a peak capacity of 1.3 gallons (4.9 liters).
The 2005 Kymco ZX has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. While not as effective as an all-wheel disc brake layout, it is superior to an all-wheel drum set-up. The suspension on the scooter – implemented to reduce turbulence during driving – comprises a telescopic fork and twin-sided swing arm with rear shock absorber. Each 2005 Kymco ZX rides on 12-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in tubed tires.
The 2005 Kymco ZX uses a steel frame for firmness and stability. In addition to the traditional front and rear fenders, the bike has side covers over the frame. Kymco gave the 2005 Kymco ZX a Blue / Silver or Red / Silver finish. On top of the scooter is a one-piece vinyl seat that has room for the driver, plus one passenger. For parking, each 2005 ZX gets a center and kick stand. Storage accommodations consist of a rear rack, and under-seat and lockable compartments. A halogen headlight and a pair of rearview mirrors are in place for enhancing the driver’s visual perception, particularly in cautionary or less-than-favorable driving circumstances.
Each 2005 Kymco ZX has a length of 74 inches (1,880.6 mm), width of 27 inches (685.8 mm), height of 43 inches (1,092.2 mm) and wheelbase of 48 inches (1,219 mm). The seat is set at a height of 31 inches (787.4 mm), and the dry weight is estimated at 192 lbs. (87.1 kilograms).
The 2005 Kymco ZX is a basic, no-frills scooter that is overshadowed by more advanced bikes or offerings from more popular manufacturers. It lacks many of the standard features found on the average scooter. However, budget-minded folks or casual riders would be satisfied with the ZX’s generally decent performance.