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Spade 150
Spade 150
  • Model: 2018 Spade 150
  • Manufactured by: Kymco

Price:   $3,421.00
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No need to swing a leg over the new Kymco Spade - just go ahead and walk up from behind and plop down on the 28-inch seat. Crank up the engine, twist the throttle wide open and let the engine fly through the gears. In your mind you'll be burning up a race track. In reality, you'll barely be in danger of breaking the speed limit. What's not to love?

The Spade is a 150cc motorcycle that taps into the the retro/custom fad in motorcycles on a miniature scale: A low seat, 12-inch tires, one cylinder and air cooling. It's happy carving up your urban commute or rocking a back roads jaunt. And it's yours for a paltry $2,995. (Plus $200 freight & setup).

While the Taiwanese company is best known for its reasonably-priced scooters, it has been making motorcycles and engines since it started as a manufacturing partner for Honda in the 1960s. Kymco bought out Honda's stake in 2003 and has since been focusing on selling motorbikes, ATVs and side-by-sides around the world since.

Everybody in the motorcycle industry is hyperventilating about losing the millennial demographic. Bikes are too expensive, they say. Bikes are over-powered and too high-tech, they whine. Give us something cheap, simple and hip, they plead. Maybe then all that ails us will be cured!

The Spade seems to hit on all those points: It's easy to ride, it's not going to scare the daylights out of you on city or back roads, and it's a conversation starter (I had several people ask me what it was at gas stations and at stoplights.) "Where's the rest of it?" was my favorite good-natured jab.

Most importantly, it's great fun to ride.

So this may all sound familiar if you've ever heard of the Honda Grom or the Kawasaki Z125 Pro. Both come in at about the same price (the Honda is about $300 more), and all three roll on 12-inch tires and have similar dimensions. Where they differ is in style. The Honda and Kawasaki have that futuristic street fighter look, while the Spade looks more like a Universal Japanese Motorcycle of yore.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.