KYMCO NEW SENTO 50i / 110i
Kymco Canada has gone a step beyond Kymco USA for 2012, with the introduction of a new generation of their Sento scooter in 50i and 110i versions. Meanwhile Kymco USA is left selling the older Sento design for another year. To avoid exhausting their creative juices, the fine folks at Kymco have simply named the new model the ‘New Sento’. The New Sento 50 joins the Super 8 50 as Kymco Canada’s top of the line 50. The New Sento tops their simpler Vitality 50 and nicely featured Agility City 50 with a full list of features including fuel injection.
The New Sento carries on the Sento concept of mixing classic styling with a modern 4-stroke engine. The New Sento competes very closely with Kymco’s also retro styled Like scooters, which is likely why Kymco Canada isn’t importing the Like as Kymco USA is doing. Other competition for the New Sento are the LX & S scooters from Vespa and Yamaha’s Vino 50 and 125, the latter of which they’ve stopped importing in recent years.
The New Sento 50i uses Kymco’s bread and butter 50cc 4-stroke engine found in many of their scooters, but new for this scooter is the addition of fuel injection. It’s mainly this fuel injection that results in the MSRP being few hundred higher than other Kymco’s. In exchange for $300-$400, you get a nice increase in power (4.3HP vs. 3.7 HP), easier starting and better MPG. That sounds like a pretty fair deal, as almost 20% more power is going to make a nice difference up hills.
The larger New Sento 110i puts out a hearty 9.8 HP from its 111cc engine, which is a big increase over the 50cc and even a bit higher than Yamaha’s Vino 125. For comparison, Honda’s USA market Elite 110 puts out 8.9 HP and most 125 - 150cc scooters crank 9 - 12 hp. With almost 10 ponies, the New Sento 110i fits best as a peppy scooter for around town, as opposed to a scooter you’d want to regularly venture out on 80km/hr roads on. Even 150’s are marginal for regular use in 80km/hr zones. The 110 engine will really shine for owners in hilly areas or heavier riders. For their part, Kymco has priced the 110i aggressively at just $150 more than the 50i model. That’s going to make it hard to resist opting for the 110i model for buyers who don’t mind getting a motorcycle licence.
Brakes / Suspension / Handling
As one of Kymco’s premium scooters, the New Sento gets a dual piston brake up front which should offer superior braking power and modulation compared to the single piston discs found in most of their other small 50’s. In North America, only Aprilia’s SportyCity 50 equals this feature in the 50cc class.This dual piston brake makes the New Sento stand out from the competition, including the Japanese where front drum brakes are still commonly used. Braking is more standard in the rear where a normal drum brake is used to provide basic stopping abilities.
The New Sento scooters are more accommodating towards smaller riders than most other Kymco’s, with their lower 29.1” seat heights and lower weights (198 lbs and 200 lbs for the 50i and 110i). Those seat height and weights aren’t low compared to the average scooter, but they are low compared to most other Kymco’s which typically have higher seats around 31” and heavier than average weights due to their physical size. The smaller size of the New Sento scooters (47” wheelbase) combined with aluminum rims and smaller wheels (90/90-10) gives these scooters their lower weights. The New Sento 50 is a full 40 lbs lighter than Kymco’s other new 50, the Agility City 50.
Storage & Convenience
The New Sento boasts a number of nice design touches including LED integrated front blinkers and a small LED front light beneath the main headlight. You also get an open front storage area which is nicer than nothing, but not as useful as a locking enclosed glovebox. The underseat storage area is quite large and accommodates virtually all full face helmets. The aluminum pop out rear pegs are superb and add to this scooters functionality and aesthetics.
With the discontinuation of Honda’s Metropolitan/Jazz and Yamaha’s Vino scooters in recent years, the New Sento is well positioned to take on Vespa in the Canadian retro scooter market. Vespa sells their 50cc models for $3595, which is $750 more than the $2845 New Sento 50i. Value oriented buyers will find the New Sento to be the obvious choice, while enthusiasts may find the Vespa’s more advanced 4-valve motor, proper glovebox, microchip key and all metal body to justify the higher price. Looking outside the retro scooter segment, the New Sento is priced similarly to scooters from Honda, Yamaha and Piaggio.
The New Sento 110i occupies a niche in the scooter market with very little competition. It offers more power than a 50cc scooter while significantly undercutting the price of all the 125 and 150cc scooters out there. It’s aggressively priced at just $150 more than the 50cc model, so it’s a good choice for riders with a motorcycle licence that don’t mind paying a bit more insurance to get additional pep. Perhaps the closest competition to the New Sento 110i is the discontinued Yamaha Vino 125 which can be found used for less money and with similar style and power. The Sento 110i really shines compared to the 150cc models from Vespa. At $2995, the Sento 110i is radically cheaper than the $4945 Vespa LX 150. Sure you get a 20% less power and no glovebox or microchip key, but you’re saving enough money to put gas in your Sento 110i for a decade.
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- Fuel injection brings increased power and milage
- LED lights and passenger pegs are nice touches
- Dual piston front disc brake
- More expensive than other Kymco’s, although the 110cc upgrade is a steal
- Front storage isn’t enclosed and lock-able
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Key Specs - New Sento 50i / 110i
* Engine: Air cooled, 49cc or 111.7cc single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Power: 4.3 HP @ 8000 RPM or 9.8 HP
* Transmission: CVT
* Bore & Stroke: 39mm x 41.4mm / 50mm x 51.8mm
* Compression Ratio: 10.7:1 / 10.1:1
* Fuel Delivery: Electronic Fuel Injection
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 47”
* Weight: 198 lbs (50i), 200 lbs (110i)
* Starter: Electric
* Seat height: 29.1”
* Fuel Tank: 1.4 gallon / 5.5 liter
* Brakes: Dual Piston Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Adjustable Single Shock
* Tires: 90/90-10 (Front & Rear)
* Years Sold: 2012 (Canada)
* MSRP: $2845 (50i), $2995 (110i)
* Colors: Black, Tan, Red, Blue (2012)