2010 KYMCO Quannon 150 First Look

December 23, 2008
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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2010 KYMCO Quannon 150
The new KYMCO Quannon 150 is an all-new $3449 option for entry-level riders.

KYMCO, the good folks from Taiwan, have stepped up to challenge Kawasaki’s entry-level sportbike dominance with the introduction of the Quannon 150. KYMCO chose the recent IMS show in Long Beach to launch its all-new sportbike model.

Powered by an air-cooled 149.3cc Single, the Quannon will debut in the US as a 2010 model. Sporting a 62 x 49.5mm bore and stroke, the air-cooled mill produces a claimed 14 horsepower. While the hp isn’t overwhelming, the beginner bike should enjoy phenomenal fuel efficiency (70-75 mpg claimed) with the four-valve engine and five-speed transmission. Combined with the 3.6-gallon tank, a rider can expect a range of over 250 miles on the little commuter/beginner motorcycle.

A steel frame chassis is mated to a telescopic front fork and a rear monoshock (no indication of adjustability on KYMCO press material). Stopping the 299-lb (claimed) bike comes via single discs, front and rear. The Quannon’s 17-inch wheels should help the little bike handle like a bigger machine, similar to the Ninja 250 it will always be compared with (which increased its wheel size to 17-inch with its 2008 redesign). Seat height is 31.5 inches (an inch taller than the Ninja).

KYMCO Quannon 150 Photo Gallery

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The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has long been the unchallenged newbie-friendly sportbike, but the Quannon at $3449 actually bests its rival in MSRP, with a $550 price break (the Ninja saw a $500 price bump this year). And the little Quannon comes with a standard two-year warranty – as well as an optional four-year extended warranty available at the KYMCO dealer.

Available in red and blue, the Quannon 150 maintains a true sportbike look and isn’t half bad in the styling department. As for the Quannon’s future success, there figures to be plenty of entry-level riders to go around (the Quannon would do well just poaching sales off dealer’s standing Ninja 250 waiting lists). Either way, another option is a good thing for the entry-level market.

KYMCO Quannon 150 Specifications 
Engine: Air-cooled 4-valve Single 
Displacement: 149.3cc
Power Claims: 14 HP
Bore/Stroke: 62 x 49.5mm
Cooling: Forced air
Ignition: Electric 
Transmission: Five-speed
Chassis: Steel frame 
Front Suspension: Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension: Mono shock
Front Brake: Single disc
Rear Brake: Single disc
Front Wheel/Tire: 110/80-17
Rear Wheel/Tire: 140/70-17
Dimensions (LxWxH): 81”x28.5”x46.2”
Seat Height: 31.5 in.