I just sat on it. They are having a promotion where you pay a few thousand NT to ride the thing around a parking lot in a couple of weeks, but I figure I’ll wait until July when theoretically I can do it for free at a dealer.
I talked with a typical motorcycle dealer/repair guy last night, and he said that their association would be meeting in July on the subject. Apparently the government has yet to get off its ass and realize that anything is going to happen. A range of licenses, the present one, one for 150-400(250?)cc, and one for (250?)400cc+ bikes, will be implemented, with different tests and road access for each class. I’ve heard that no bikes will be allowed on the freeway, but that would be a bit pointless on a motorcycle anyway.
I suspect that, however, since 100% of the legislators either drive or are driven around in black benzes, they couldn’t care less about anything two-wheeled.
Another thing is the price. Kymco wants to sell the thing for NT$180,000, but a quick search on google will reveal that it’s selling for the equivalent of NT$139,000 in France and an estimated NT$112,000 in the states. The bike is produced in Kaohsiung. One reviewer said it had a hard time getting moving, so I guess it’s going to be pretty slow, but I wouldn’t be buying it for the speed (my present motorcycle is likely faster already than the Venox), but rather the feeling and stability. I don’t mind the look of the thing, either.