The Venox interests me. I want to get a new bike in the next few months and I would like to hear what anybody has to say about Venox and Ego bikes.
I started out in Taiwan with a used Zing 150 (Kymco) and then went to a Yamaha FZ-150. I loved that bike and sold it to joesax about a year after I bought a Kymco Dink 150. (I only sold the FZ because I knew it would be in good hands–thanks, joesax). I still love that bike.
Now, at nearly 35,000km, one fairly big crash, and several scrapes, I want to retire the Dink to an errand-running bike and get a new bike that is an in-city and long-trip bike to eventually replace it. I am not interested in buying a 500 or 1000cc bike, for right now.
The Dink is good because you can load it up with stuff: under the seat and on the floor-board. If that’s all I want, an Ego should be the next logical step. However, I am a control-freak and miss shifting gears–especially on mountain roads. If I get a Venox, maybe I can find saddle-bags or something for it. I saw a Venox a few days ago that had a huge UFO-shaped “trunk” or “boot” that would be nice but terrible for parking.
Dinks are very good bikes. The Dink’s flaws are that the rear-view mirrors are expensive and break off easily. One time one broke off while simply riding on a rough road. The oil is 900cc and most stores only carry 800cc or 1l. Parts are expensive and sometimes impossible to buy on the weekend–when you need them the most. I had to “baby” a trip home once when my rear brake wore through to the metal.
I would like anybody’s input on this. I hope to see any Venox or Ego experience here. Also, I am not a Kymco-only guy. Kymco bikes seem to be what I want and they are within my price range.