Hi. I own a Kymco RCK 180 ABS + motocam.
It was perhaps the best purchase I have ever made (13 months, 14,000+km). I also did months of research before buying it, and I’m so glad I got it, it completely blows all other scooters out of the water (as far as I’m concerned), the only one that even comes close is the PGO Tigra 150 ABS, which is also VERY good. Before buying the RCK180 I went to the factory in Kaohsiung and had a nice chat with the engineers about the differences. In addition to that I did a lot of research online. Mobile01 wrote a great article about the 180, comparing it to the PGO Tigra 150 and the Yamaha Smax 155. mobile01.com/newsdetail.php?id=15295
For starters, let’s get this out of the way. ABS on scooters is amazing. It will save your life. It makes the scooter handle so much better when you use the brakes in all situations. On wet pavement the scooter handles like other scooters do in dry conditions. After riding with ABS for a year, I feel unsafe driving anything without ABS. This is a no brainer, for a new scooter, I would not consider any models that do not have ABS. Safety first.
About the models. The only difference between the models is the addition of ABS or a camera. The i is just different branding over seas.
It’s fast: Significantly faster than all scooters in it’s class except for the Tigra 150 ABS which is almost as fast as the RCK180. (RCK180 0-50kmph in 3.5 seconds, 0-100 in 15.8 seconds, top speed ~145 (takes forever)). Other fast bikes include the Tigra 150, G6, the Tigra 125. Bikes such as the RCK150, Smax155, Cygnus 125 (Cygnus 125 0-50 in 5.5 vs Tigra 125 0-50 in 3.6), are much slower. However aside from the Tigra 150, other scooters in this category have much less power, so not just about speed, uphill with passengers+air resistance plays a bigger role.
It’s safer: The RCK180 has 2 disks in the front, one in the back. Big disks. Normally this would not be good but because of the ABS, when stopping you should use the front and back brakes as the same time. Slamming on both brakes at 100kmph just stops the bike. No tail wobble, no skidding. Just stops. I’m more concerned about being hit from behind now than crashing into something in front of me.
Liquid cooled - pros/cons, heavier, but doesn’t over heat (been on 8 hour mountain rides with it). Other bikes like the Smax 155 are also liquid cooled.
RCK180 cons, the 175cc (yes it’s not 180) engine is in a higher tax category. Smax is also in this category, Kymco G6, Tigra 150, Sym Fighter, RCK150 are all in lower tax categories.
MotoCam: Piece of crap. Low quality, keeps breaking. Kymco warranty fixes it for free. I still like having it there for insurance purposes, but don’t expect to get travel videos out of it. Possible that this years camera is better, if so, I want an upgrade.
Fuel Economy: ~33-35 km/liter
Other thoughts: It’s comfortable, good for shorter people (I’m 165cm tall), handles well off road, lights are bright, body scratches very easily, handles mountains like a champ, seems to have good resale value, my passenger (girlfriend) prefers the seat to that of the smax 155, it’s comfortable for both riders on long rides, at first I hated the foot peg placement, but now I like it. It’s perfect for the driver when the front space is full. Storage is ok, other bikes probably have more, but I pack a lot on the back. Liquid cooling means there are no important air vents that get covered, so you can pack the front part tight. Driving it makes me happy on a regular basis, it’s an enjoyable ride. Heavier an harder to park in tight spaces than old 125s, quiet, low vibration, comfortable ride, will make you smug and look down on other scooters (except the Tigra 150/125 ABS which holds their own). 12 volt charging port is very convenient.
Price: Ignore online price. Go to a kymco shop, they will have a paper on the wall. Listed price was 112k, I paid 106k (went to a bigger dealer. RCK180 ABS+Motocam). The shop doesn’t really make any money on the sale, so expect ~2k discount for a small shop, bigger discount from a regional dealer. The factory won’t sell directly.
I hope this helped. I’ve rented a lot of different scooters and a year late I still think I made the best possible decision. The only other one I’d consider is the Tigra 150ABS. However, the RCK180 ABS is a real deal. Adding the ABS option to 150s adds 15-20k, but adding it to the 180 only adds 10k. And… there is one more ABS module than the other ones have (3 vs 2, since the KYMCO RCK180 has 2 front disks)
Almost every day I thank my ABS. No matter what bike you decide to go for, if you’re buying new, only get one with ABS. It will help your resale value later (eventually the law become all new bikes need to have ABS) and for the life of the vehicle, it’s very likely to save you from a wreck (EU transportation safety board study shows that 60% of crashes would have been avoided with ABS). As much as it rains here, it’s really dumb not to get a scooter with ABS. Did I mention ABS enough? It’s just really that good. No exaggeration for how much nicer driving is with good ABS brakes.
Here’s a compilation of all the wonderful places this bike has taken me: followxiaofei.com/
Note: speed of bikes as tested by mobile01, obviously depends on type of tires and weight of the rider. Sorry for spelling/grammar and repeating things.
[quote=“JPGGGGG12”]Hi everyone, I am looking for some advice/information on the Kymco 180 racing king. I have spent hours researching all the websites and am still confused as to exactly what you get. From what I can tell there is a
Standard Racing King
ABS Racing King
ABS + camera Racing King
And then also, in foreign countries at least there appears to be a new 2016 Racing King called the Racing King 180i which says it has a liquid cooled engine (but no camera). Although I cannot find any information about this model in Taiwan. Is it just being sold under a different name?
I would like to buy the whole package, ABS + camera + liquid cooled. Is there such a model? If not, how much better is the liquid cooled one? Or are they all liquid cooled now?
I am looking to buy brand new and Im wondering which is the best model to buy. Will use it for many years so Im not really bothered about the price difference.
Also, is it possible to get the two year plan without a permanent ARC? (I have a normal ARC) Would I need a Taiwanese citizens name down for security issues? And, do you recommend buying online or going to a dealer or ordering directly from kymco?