Although scooters are generally the most affordable of powersport vehicles, you still don’t want to make your scooter purchase too quickly. With a scooter, you have the opportunity to choose a vehicle that fits you perfectly, and provides a fun and exciting, not to mention practical, experience every time you ride. For this reason, it’s important to choose a manufacturer that knows what you want in a scooter, and gives you a number of ways that you can get it. Top Taiwanese powersport vehicle manufacturer Kymco gives you a lot of great options to choose from when it comes to scooters. There’s the Xciting, the Super 9, the Venox and more, and frankly, they all have their advantages. That being said, if you’re looking for a great Kymco 50cc scooter, you should take a long look at the Kymco Super 8. The Super 8 has a lot of what you buy a small scooter for, at a very reasonable price.
When you start up the 2008 Kymco Super 8 the first thing you’ll notice is the sound. This is a scooter that purrs like a kitten rather than squealing like a drowned rat. You’ll also appreciate the refined handling of the Super 8, helped in part by its thick 14-inch front wheel. While no 50cc scooter burns up the track, the Super 8 scooter does get up to speed eventually. The speed it gets up to isn’t all that high unless you tinker with it a bit, however it is capable of getting up to 55 mph, and this moped is more suited for city and back roads riding than heading out on the highway.
Another great feature of the 2008 Kymco Super 8 is that like most Kymco scooters, it just looks cool. If you’re the type of person who feels self-conscious about driving a moped rather than a big flashy motorcycle, see how you look behind the handlebars of a Kymco Super 8. The aggressive, sporty styling of the steel frame and plastic body of the Kymco Super 8 is highlighted by an eye-catching two-tone paint job, which comes in eye-catching yellow/blue, cool green/black, sporty red/black, or sleek silver/black.
If there’s a drawback to the Kymco Super 8, it’s probably the lack of under seat storage space. Many scooters in this class feature a surprising amount of storage space, and the fact that you can only squeeze a few items into the Super 8 is definitely noticeable.
The ride is generally comfortable, with a seat that conforms with a little breaking in, well-positioned handlebars, and a suspension that’s tuned to ride the line between comfort and sporty handling. The Kymco Super 8 does huff and puff a little when going up hills, so you’re well advised to look to this moped if you’re planning to generally be scooting around flatlands. That being said, the hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes actually show off some pretty impressive stopping power.
There are more powerful scooters out there, even ones produced by Kymco, but at $1799 base MSRP, the 2008 Kymco Super 8 is fairly reasonably priced, and a pretty good value for the money, especially when you consider the fuel economy. With a fuel tank capacity of 1.3 gallons, the 2008 Kymco Super 8 has an estimated MPG of 75, meaning you can get quite far on one tank, and refill when you need to with little more than the extra change in your wallet. The effortless automatic continuously variable transmission means you can just hop on and go, and this is a nice scooter for people first exploring the world of powersport vehicles.