2008 Kymco Venox Review


Although Taiwan is not necessarily the first place that comes to mind when you think of dependable motorcycles, the fact is that Kymco has been producing reliable powersport vehicles for decades, and continues to produce some of the sturdiest rides on the market today. In North America, Kymco is generally found mostly in the scooter and ATV arenas, but there is also the Kymco Venox 250. If you’re interested in a dependable, comfortable motorcycle that can be owned for a reasonable price, you should definitely take a look at the 2008 Kymco Venox 250.

Kymco only offers the Venox as a 250cc bike, but what they lack in variety, they make up for in focus and dedication to design, as Venox is a top-seller worldwide among 250 cc cruiser bikes. This is because it is designed to be user-friendly, and is a bike virtually any motorcycle enthusiast can enjoy.

There’s no question that the 2008 Kymco Venox 250 is a good-looking bike. Its steel frame, full seat, and well-positioned handlebars draped in a cool blue or deep red are known to turn a head or two. Even though it’s only a 250, don’t be surprised if your heart rate jumps up a little as soon as you approach the bike.

Those who opt for a 250cc cruiser bike are usually looking more for a casual, fun ride and/or a reliable form of daily transportation. The 2008 Kymco Venox 250 performs on this score; it’s big enough to accommodate larger riders, with a comfortable, yielding seat that makes longer rides a breeze, even for those who ride a bit heavy on the seat. The soft suspension makes the ride even more comfortable, so you can feel free to take this bike just about anywhere and ride it all day. The handlebars are positioned appropriately – no more feeling like you are stretched out or squeezed in.

The transmission is also user-friendly. It is manual, so you get the shifting experience most riders demand in their motorcycle ride. However, the engine is linked to a well-calibrated five-speed transmission that provides for some pretty easy and smooth transitions. As novice-friendly as the Kymco Venox 250 is, there is some power to this little cruiser as well. Its liquid-cooled V-twin engine is surprisingly powerful, generating 28 horsepower and 14 lb-ft of torque. You can also get the Venox up to some pretty healthy cruising speeds without a problem, topping out at close to 90 mph, which should be all the speed you need with this kind of bike. You’ll be very comfortable on the highway with the 2008 Kymco Venox, which handles and runs like a much bigger bike. The Venox even sounds like it’s carrying a higher displacement engine. Braking is not ideal but it will get the job done, with a rear drum brake to go with the front disc brake.

The 29-inch high vinyl seat can seat two passengers comfortably, so feel free to take your best riding partner and hit the open road. With that wide, soft seat and forgiving suspension, you’re not likely to get too many complaints from the rear.

If you’re graduating from a scooter, or you’re looking to increase the amount of riding you do, this bike is a great stepping stone between a novice ride and a bigger, more intense bike. It’s got a confidence-building, casual ride but incorporates plenty of appealing characteristics of the bigger bikes as well. A very reasonable MSRP of $5099 only adds to this bike’s appeal. The 2008 Kymco Venox 250 has definitely earned its reputation as one of the most popular cruiser bikes around.

New For 2008

  • No new features this year.

2008 Kymco Venox Specs

  • Model: Kymco Venox 250
  • Engine Type: 249cc, liquid-cooled, V-Twin, Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 58.0mm x 47.2mm
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Keihin Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 61 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 63 in
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 29 in
  • Dry Weight: 418.5 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 120/80 R17
  • Tires (Rear): 150/80 R15


  • Rear Rack with High Backrest
  • Fringed Tool Bag
  • Studded Tool Bag
  • Saddlebags
  • Tank Cover
  • Windshield

Key Competitors For The 2008 Kymco Venox

  • Honda CRF
  • KTM SX
  • Suzuki RM250