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2007 Kymco Super 9 Road Test


by Amyot Bachand ,

A high-performing 50-cc engine
This is what impressed me the most about the Super 9. Despite its small displacement, the engine produces 3.5 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. It will effortlessly spin all the way to 8,000 rpm, allowing the scooter to cruise well beyond 75 km/h. Meanwhile, most competitors get tired between 60 and 65 km/h. For 2007, this monoblock powerplant relies on a liquid cooling system; next year, it will come back to a forced-air cooling unit without losing the slightest bit of efficiency. In fact, it will meet the new emission standards for two-stroke engines. Power is unhesitatingly sent to the front wheel by way of a continuously variable automatic transmission. I reached 50 km/h in 7.8 seconds and 60 km/h in 12.6 seconds from takeoff. While the Super 9 employs an electric starting device, an easy-to-use foot-operated starter is also found. Finally, the 7-liter fuel tank allows reasonable range.

Starting in 2008, the engine will use a forced-air cooling system.

Another nice surprise comes from handling. The Super 9 has no problems threading its way among other vehicles on the road, even in dense traffic. It won't slow down faster cars on country roads nor will it annoy other drivers in the rightmost lane of freeways. The two disc brakes deliver solid stops without requiring the rider to apply too much pressure.

My only complaint comes from the fact that the suspension, as effective as it may be, was a bit too firm to my liking. As a result, comfort was slightly affected.

A top-notch urban scooter
The Super 9 will appeal both to beginners and intermediate riders. It fits equally well in the city, the suburbs and the countryside. At $3,199, this scooter might seem a bit expensive, but it's all worth it. The inherent performance levels provided by the Super 9 will deter young owners from tuning their engine, as is often the case with traditional 50-cc mills.

Top speed
Riding position

Slightly firm suspension


Photo Credit : Philippe Champoux
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