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★★★★☆

“good all round ”

Written on: 17/05/2014 by banger705 (2 reviews written)

Brought this bike from new 1,499 and only had a few faults to start of with fuel cap need replacing,and delivery from Taiwan took too long 1 month which that stuck in a fuel preservative that made the bike a bit more of a handful for a few months. but it now a Great little bike.pulls from start where and when you want it. mirrors are a bit awkward the tend to move a-lot so readjustments are necessary.works well on british roads 30- 70 mph. tank is 16 Liters and the oil is 1 liter tank. … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Gets you where you want to go ”

Written on: 21/06/2013

After owning a 100cc Yamaha this bike was my first 4 stroke bike it has done 42 miles a day everyday and hasn't broken down once. The dealer was helpful and as long as it is serviced in line with its service intervals and is given time to start up it will last forever. I did a 200 mile round trip on it and I was as comfortable as you could be on a train. Overall a nice bike well built and if looked after it will look after its rider. Mph about 10 litres of petrol will do about 200 miles on fast… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“awful product ,avoid!!!!!”

Written on: 17/04/2013 by jut1973 (1 review written)

got a brand new kymco pulsar on finance 5 mths ago,been back to the dealer 5 times because of problems ,engine stripped and parts replaced,exhaust replaced,light bulbs blown,exhaust bracket bolts come loose and fell off and back break went when riding it and finally sproket teeth and chain worn!!! all work to repair was done under warranty so never had to pay but ive lost a total of 14 days of work because of it!! rang the finance company ,dealer and kymco direct al un helpful,so ive stopped… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Does the job and more”

Written on: 04/08/2012 by Astandane (6 reviews written)

The Kymco Pulsar is definitely worth a look if you are learning to ride or in need of a cheap, reliable and usable commuter. I passed my CBT around 4 months ago and although I rode on a Japanese bike, I don't regret buying the Kymco. From day one I have had only one real problem and that was nothing more than a loose wire. Doing a 15 mile round trip five days a week, the bike hasn't caused me any problems at all. On the country roads it has no issue with keeping pace, but obviously it… Read Full Review

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“Kymco Pulsar 125cc”

Written on: 17/06/2012

I bought my Kymco Pulsar 125 a couple of weeks ago .Some faults became apparent after riding it a few miles .The mirrors are next to useless, in particular the right one .All I can see is my right shoulder despite fiddling endlessly with the adjustment.The vibration from the bars is cruel and after 10 miles of riding my hands are crying out for a rest . I recently got back into biking after a 30 year absence.The last bike I had was a 50cc MZ Simpson with 3 gears. It would do 40 mph flat out and… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Get what you pay for”

Written on: 27/04/2012 by HamishPK (1 review written)

This is a perfectly useable bike for commuting or learning. It's cheap to buy, and you do notice some weaknesses, but I think it's good value considering a 2nd hand Japanese bike can still cost more than this. Some of the controls feel very "plastic". The mirrors are more or less useless, even for my wife who has narrower shoulders than me! And the tyres don't give me much confidence, especially in the wet. BUT, the engine works nicely, starts every time, and pulls as hard as I would expect a… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Good quality motorcyle”

Written on: 17/10/2011

It has good endurance prformnce,it's vry strong especially when I drive ths bike going to d mountains.It doesn't left me on d road.I like this bike for it has 5 speed gears.The fastest speed I ran with this bike was 126 kph.All original parts.No sprocket change.Good!This time, I have wiring problem.doesn't have lights for weeks now.Still looking for harnish wire… Read Full Review

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“I took my CBT back in January '09 and it was on a...”

Written on: 07/04/2011

I took my CBT back in January '09 and it was on a Kymco CK125 (the older brother of the Pulsar 125).

The riding school only used Kymco's and said they were reliable and cheap to run. I also looked at a Yamaha YZR and a Honda CG but decided to go for the Kymco. It genuinely seemed like alot of bike for the money and has never let me down.

In the 14 months i've had it I have had to replace the fork seals, get a new battery (although it started fine everytime on the kick start when the battery… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Bought the bike from new £1,499 no problems for the...”

Written on: 07/10/2010

Bought the bike from new £1,499 no problems for the first 3 months then
i could only start it via the kick start( battery was at full charge)
then leaving it on the side stand petrol leaked out took it back to the shop they changed the carb with one out of shop.
it vibrates a lot no one can sit on the back without having to stop after 30 mins bum very sore
speedo cable snapped.
When started from cold it takes time to tick over but 2 ON TACO
When hot the engine runs at 3 ON TACO so you cant win… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I bought the bike back in febuary 2009 mine is the...”

Written on: 24/07/2010

I bought the bike back in febuary 2009 mine is the facelifted model introduced in 2008, this bike is rubbish and the build quality is really poor first the front brake disk warped beacaus the material of the brake disk isnt up to the job, ive been having gear box issues since i bought the bike 2nd gear jumps back into neutral on its own and 3rd gear gets stuck and wines loudly as you let off the throttle, now my rev counter cable has snapped and to top it all of the weld that holds the gear… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This is my first motorcycle, bought as a cheap and...”

Written on: 20/01/2010

This is my first motorcycle, bought as a cheap and reliable commuter. To this end it is perfect. 1500 quid new, over 100mpg, probably 250miles to a tank when rode steadily. The engine starts everytime, it handles well and power is adequate for a novice. Mine has over 10,300 km on the clock now, but whilst the engine is reliable, it has had it's problems. The tachometer cable broke and needed replacing, the kickstart broke and needed replacing (even though i'd never used it). The chain does seem… Read Full Review

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Written on: 28/06/2011

Why have you not tightened the chain it only takes a few minutes?

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★★★★☆

“I spoke to as many bike retailers as I could and...”

Written on: 31/07/2009 by Graham Rogers (1 review written)

I spoke to as many bike retailers as I could and explained my needs. 1) safety 2) economy 3) reliability, in a commuter bike. I was pointed towards the Kymco Pulsar. I am glad I was. For the equivalent price of a "big name" bike I bought the bike and all the safety gear including a top box and CBT test. The bike starts always, drives easily, does 100+ mpg and gets 18 stone of me 25 miles over hilly terrain with little effort. The engine is willing, forgiving and eager to please and it has… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The Kymco Pulsar 125 is a good cycle but a few things...”

Written on: 15/05/2009

The Kymco Pulsar 125 is a good cycle but a few things are a little bit nerving. The Main Stand is too big and it carves at the bottom when you drive a curve to the left… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“When I first purchased my Kymco Pulsar 125 (Brand New)...”

Written on: 29/04/2009 by Peplow (1 review written)

When I first purchased my Kymco Pulsar 125 (Brand New) it was my pride and joy then 3 weeks later the exahust gasket went. I had only done 600miles so it needed its first service. I took it in and a few days later I received a call telling me that the bike was unsafe to ride because the disks in the Sproket Carrier where metling and the back brakes were not working properly and probably had not been since I purcahsed the bike, after that I was told I would get the bike back by the end of a week… Read Full Review

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“Mine is a 2002 model which I purchased second hand in...”

Written on: 12/01/2008 by fyolfdyl (1 review written)

Mine is a 2002 model which I purchased second hand in 2005 The exhaust silencer was very rusty, but I soon sorted the problem by removing the rust and riveting a stainless steel plate over it. it has 50,000 Km on the clock and has never broken down. The bike was badly damaged due to an accident 18 months ago. I left it standing in an open compound for 12 months when I when back to it I put a new battery in and to my surprise it started 6th kick and the engine still ran beautifully. The… Read Full Review

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Robarrowsmith's Response to fyolfdyl's Review

Written on: 23/01/2008

I also found kymco parts to be expensive but if you look for 1995-1998 honda cb125 parts most of these fit and are pretty cheap

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★★★★☆

“Have owned my 2002 Kymco Pulsar now for around 4months...”

Written on: 11/01/2008 by robarrowsmith (2 reviews written)

Have owned my 2002 Kymco Pulsar now for around 4months and ridden it right through winter. It accelerates quick, and is so easy to handle in any weather. Its a perfect first bike for those who have just passed their cbt. One recommendation ive found is that its worth while changing the chain on the bike as i found the one fitted on mine was rather loose and had a habit of coming off. Apart from that i don't have any gripes about the bie except those you find with all 125s lack of top speed… Read Full Review

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353344_Ck125's Response to robarrowsmith's Review

Written on: 21/03/2008

I've got the CK125, and chain problems. Twice it's come off and 2 new chain. Any idea why chain stretches so quick. Do you know the correct chain free play, as dealer not much help?

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Robarrowsmith's Response to robarrowsmith's Review

Written on: 02/04/2008

Hi, correct chain play is checked by checking tension all the way around the chain after it has been tightened. the correct play should be about a fingers with or so either side the whole way around. Best idea is to get the chain nice and tight by undoing back wheel pulling it back till chain is tight and then tightening the wheel back up (making sure its straight) then use the chain adjusters located just behind the rear wheel nut to adjust it correctly. Kymco chains dont tend to last that long thou as had to put a new chain on mine after 6000miles due to over stretching. best idea is to get a non kymco replacement and go from there (make sure its the right size thou).

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★★★★☆

“The welding is not the best as far as finishing goes,...”

Written on: 16/06/2007 by toonamp (1 review written)

The welding is not the best as far as finishing goes, but for strength and reliability this is a great bike as long as you don't expect it to do the racing speeds that bikes built as racers do.
It's a commuter bike after all… Read Full Review

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“For the price, this bike is utterly amazing value for...”

Written on: 17/08/2006 by MarkSV (1 review written)

For the price, this bike is utterly amazing value for money. Brand new, it's half the price of some other 125s.

I rode a Kymco Pulsar all year round prior to moving onto Direct Access. The negatives are the same as any 125. However, as 125s go, this was great. Totally reliable, almost regardless of any neglect on my part, and with brilliant extras for new (and indeed experienced) riders as standard: gear indicator and a fuel gauge… Read Full Review

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“Kymco Pulsar 125 FINISH & EQUIPMENT ”

Written on: 04/06/2006 by Floydy (2 reviews written)

Kymco Pulsar 125 FINISH & EQUIPMENT

The finish is mostly good but let down by sharp edges around the flanges of the petrol tank. Given that Taiwan builds frames for nearly all of the big name mountain bike manufacturers; I was surprised to see untidy TIG welds around the fairing brackets, steering headset and swing arm drop hangers. The Pulsar is available in red or graphite (should be called 'John Major Grey') for the UK market but in other parts of Europe there is a silver variant which… Read Full Review

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Karen P's Response to Floydy's Review

Written on: 09/09/2009

I found this review very helpful because...I have a Kymco 125 and have just compared some of the experiences mentioned with my own, which is a relief to find it's the motorcycle, not the rider, at fault! Thanks.

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