KYMCO PEOPLE SERIES - 50 / 150 / 250


Kymco People 150 - Ivory
Kymco’s line of ‘People’ scooters were an original part of their lineup when they entered the USA market in 2001 and they continue to enjoy a long run with the 50cc and 150cc models still being offered as of the 2012 model year. Unlike the similarly named ‘People S’ line of scooters, the People 50cc, 150cc and 250cc scooters have never been offered in the Canadian market.

Models
Kymco originally debuted the People 50, People 150 and People 250 scooters to the USA market in 2004 as part of their first lineup of nine scooters. The People scooters filled the niche of a highly practical large wheeled scooters. Large wheeled scooters are quite popular in Europe and in many other parts of their world for their increased stability and ride quality on uneven roads. With 16” wheels, the People scooters are one of the best scooters to be on when you’re encountering a pothole, bumps or a broken pavement. In the USA, the main competitors to the Kymco People series of scooters have been
Aprilia’s Scarabeo series and Honda’s SH150i scooter, which also use 16” wheels.

The 250cc People scooter was offered for a total of five years before being dropped for the 2009 Kymco USA lineup. Most likely, the largest People scooter was dropped due to high degree of similarity to the newer People S 200 and 250 scooters. The People S line debuted in 2007 in the USA market and initially included smaller 50cc and 125cc models, but after two years Kymco apparently decided to keep the People S style for their larger offerings (200cc, 250cc) and offered just the People style in the smaller 50cc and 150cc market segments.

KymcoPeople250
The People 250 scooter was an entirely different machine than the smaller two People scooters. The People 50 and 150 shared the same frame and body style but with different engines, while the People 250 got its own more stocky style. Unlike it’s smaller siblings, the short lived People 250 got a rear disc brake, an accessory plug in socket and liquid cooling.

Engines
The smaller People 50 scooter utilized the same 2-stroke engine found in all of Kymco’s 50cc 2-stroke models. This motor is a clone of Honda’s nicely designed AF18E/AF16E motor found in North American scooters like the ’94-’01
Honda Elite SR. This motor is hugely popular worldwide and has quite a following of aftermarket parts. You can read all the in-depth information this motor including information on derestricting it on the Kymco Super 9 page.

With Kymco being a strong believer in sharing engines across their lineup, the People 150 uses the same 152cc powerplant as the Kymco
Bet & Win 150 and Super 8 150. This air cooled 4-stroke motor has proven to be a reliable engine and a reasonable custodian of fuel. The People 150 achives about 75 mpg in real world conditions, which means you can travel about 125 miles on the 1.8 gallon tank. 70-75 mpg is also what the 2-stroke People 50 typically musters. Since the People 50 is capable of being derestricted to cruise at up to 50mph, a lot of buyers may find the 50cc model to be the more practical choice. You can enjoy similar milage and a still respectable top speed for a lower MSRP and ongoing insurance costs. Licensing laws also typically favor the 50cc model. The People 150 is capable of indicated up to 70 mph on the speedometer, but it’s quite an optimistic speedometer with actual top speeds closer to 60mph. The People 250 was powered by the same liquid cooled 4-stroke engine that Kymco has also utilized in their Xciting 250, Grandvista 250 and People S 250 scooters. This engine is capable of around 70mph.

Storage & Convenience
Kymco People 50 - Wineberry
All of the People scooters share a modestly sized underseat storage area which is capable of swallowing some 1/2 or 3/4 helmets. Most of the space under the seat is occupied by the fuel tank, which is why other scooters that locate the gas tank under the floor board can typically offer more storage. All of the People scooters are equipped with a nice luggage rack behind the seat and a glove box which is handy for securely storing bulkier items.

Comparison
Overall, the People scooters are highly practical choices with their stable and forgiving large wheels and numerous storage areas. The motors are proven to be reliable, so if a low cost yet practical and well made scooter is what you are looking for then the People 50, 150 and 250 scooters are a good choice. The seat heights do tend to be a bit high and floorboards tend to be a bit small, so the actual fit of the scooter may not fit with all body types. For 2009, Kymco lowered the MSRP on the remaining 50cc ($1999) and 150cc models ($2799) by several hundred dollars, which gave them a notable MSRP advantage over their Japanese competition. Prior to 2009, the People 50 was $2449 and the People 150 was $3199 which was actually more expensive than competing scooters from established brands.

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Pros:
* Large wheels
* Reliable motors
* Glovebox & underseat storage

Cons:
* Tall-ish ride height
* Small foot area on floorboard
* Older technology (engines date back to the 90’s)

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JustGottaScoot.com - Nice review of the
Kymco People 50 and People 150
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OEM Kymco Parts Look Up - Nice for viewing exploded diagrams and ordering parts.

Key Specs - People 50:
* Engine: Air cooled, 49cc, single cylinder, 2-stroke
* Transmission: CVT
* Power: 4 HP @ 7000 RPM, 3.3 ft/lbs @ 6000 RPM
* Bore & Stroke: 39mm x 41.4mm
* Compression Ratio: 7.2:1
* Fuel Delivery: Carb with Auto Choke
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 50”
* Weight: 210 lbs
* Starter: Electric and Kick
* Seat height: 31”
* Spark Plug: NGK BR8HSA
* Fuel Tank: 1.53 gallons
* Brakes: Single Piston Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Adjustable Single Shock
* Tires: 80/80-16 (front), 100/80-16 (rear)
* Colors: Silver, Wineberry, Black & Ivory, Blue & Ivory, Green & White
* Years Sold: 2004-2012 USA
* MSRP: $2449 (’04-’08), $1999 (’09-’12)

Key Specs - People 150:
* Engine: Air cooled, 152cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Transmission: CVT
* Bore & Stroke: 57.4mm x 57.8mm
* Fuel Delivery: Carb with Auto Choke
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 53”
* Weight: 245 lbs
* Starter: Electric and Kick
* Seat height: 31”
* Fuel Tank: 1.8 gallons
* Brakes: Single Piston Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Dual Shocks
* Tires: 80/80-16 (front), 100/80-16 (rear)
* Years Sold: 2004-2012 USA
* Colors: Silver, Wineberry, Black & Ivory, Blue & Ivory, Green & White
* MSRP: $3199 (’04-’08), $2799 (’09-’12)

Key Specs - People 250:
* Engine: Liquid cooled, 249cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Transmission: CVT
* Bore & Stroke: 72.7mm x 60mm
* Fuel Delivery: Carb with Auto Choke
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 59.6”
* Weight: 367 lbs
* Starter: Electric and Kick
* Seat height: 30.9”
* Fuel Tank: 1.53 gallons
* Brakes: Single Disc (Front & Rear)
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Dual Shocks
* Tires: 110/70-16 (Front), 140/70-16 (Rear)
* Years Sold: 2004-2008 USA
* MSRP: $3999
* Colors: Wine, Grey