The Movie 150 first entered the North American market as a member of Kymco’s 2013 scooter lineup in both Canada and the United States. It was positioned as Kymco’s premium offering in the 150cc segment. it remained for sale in the us. uu. (until 2014) before being discontinued, while in Canada it lasted an additional year.
with the movie, kymco was well represented in the midsize sport scooter class (125-170cc) with its super 8 150 and agility 125 (us only) sitting below the movie 150 as choice of options. lower cost. the flick 150 justifies its higher msrp with the inclusion of some cool features like a new high-output engine, front and rear disc brakes, plus beefy dual-shock rear suspension that’s great for heavier riders.
kymco’s “movie” name for this scooter may seem a bit unusual to North Americans. in fact, it’s quite unique for a scooter name. Kymco’s model names are created by its global operations in Taiwan, where apparently movie-related nicknames have a bit more flair. since name changes for foreign markets don’t happen very often, the film’s name remains. kymco have changed some names (ie the grandvista was called ‘grand dink’ overseas), but they usually leave them unchanged. At the very least, it makes it easier to buy spare parts on international websites.
In Asian markets, the film nameplate has been in use for a while, with the current generation debuting in 2010. The 150 film is also known as “150 racing” in some places.
The 150 film does a good job of taking a sporty style and adding a more mature element to it. It’s less sporty than the Super 8, with a design that will appeal to buyers of all ages. the only negative that some will find with the style is that it is quite safe. Kymco hasn’t broken new ground here like he has with his unique and beautiful people gt.
While the overall look may not be anything radical, the details are quite nice in the movie. the rear taillight uses leds and sharp edges to give it a nice look and the gauges are really nice. the combination of a digital speedometer and an analog tachometer works very well. Kymco has also paid attention to the smaller details, like the ignition switch and fuel filler cap, to give them a more premium feel.
Overseas (top photo), the twin clear lights on the handlebars act as front turn signals (made possible by the orange bulbs), but in the US (below) these signals do not meet the requirements of points, so kymco slid two little orange blinkers under the handlebars. the situation is the same at the rear, where small external turn signals have been added (often not shown).
What motivates the 150 movie is a new 149cc 4-stroke engine that makes 13.5 hp. this particular grinder is a stock concept (air cooled, carbureted) except for the nice 4 valve head which takes the power and mileage up a notch. This engine is a new Kymco design and is therefore not shared with any of their other mid-size models. while the fuel mileage ways of a fuel injected engine would be nice (and this is standard overseas), the movie is capable of around 70mpg in actual use, which isn’t much fuel if you factor in that it puts out a healthy 13.5 horsepower.
Vespa’s 150cc scooters feel peppy with 12.0 horsepower and Honda’s PCX 150 cruises at 65 mph with its 13.0 ponies, so the specs indicate the Movie 150 should be quite a performer. The actual performance is good, with crisp acceleration but no top speed advantage due to a redline at 65 mph. Bigger riders interested in a mid-sized scooter may want to pay close attention.
brakes / suspension / handling
The film continues to cater to the larger rider and/or the performance-oriented scooterer with braking and suspension hardware. Dual shocks are used at the rear to add stiffness and strength to the rear, which is something heavier riders will find a refreshing change from the single rear shocks used on many mid-size scooters. /p>
Film stopping is done by a large dual-piston disc brake at the front and a smaller disc brake at the rear. the use of a rear disc brake is not common in the mid sized scooter class, but with the power and suspension capabilities of the movie, a proper rear brake fits the bill well and makes this scooter a very capable machine on all aspects.
Storage & Convenience
In addition to the reasonably sized under-seat storage, the film will accommodate more belongings in its storage compartment located in the leg guard. This open top area can be useful for quickly stowing items away, but it’s less useful than a closed glove box where items can be left unattended.
Unlike its foreign fuel injected counterparts, the North American market 150 film features a kickstarter in addition to the electric starter. this is a useful backup that is sure to prove its worth one day.
Instrumentation includes the usual: speedometer, odometer, clock and fuel gauge. Unlike other manufacturers, Kymco usually equips its scooters with a clock which can be very useful when you have a tight schedule and don’t want to take out your phone or wrist watch while riding.
the film 150 certainly seems to be a capable scooter. It has ample power, robust braking and good suspension components. As such, buyers won’t be left wondering if this is a quality scooter, but rather if it can justify its msrp.
At $3199/$3595 (USA/Canada), the Movie slots in at a premium over Kymco’s other sports scooter – the Super 8 150. The Super 8 150 boasts dual rear shocks like the Movie and uses a similar but older engine design, so most of the extra cost seems to be going toward the new generation of motor and the safer rear disc brake.
by pricing it over three grand, kymco is directly competing with some really good scooters like the yamaha zuma/bws 125 and the honda pcx 150. in this competitive segment. Kymco dealers tend to be a little more “open to discussion” on purchase price than other brands, so it’s possible that Kymco simply left a bit of wiggle room in the MSRP.
the 150 film is a nice addition to the kymco product line. as we’ve seen with the gt and downtown folks, kymco is moving toward higher-end scooters that compete on quality rather than sheer low price. Kymco still offers several lower-cost scooters in the midsize segment, but the movie presents an interesting opportunity to move on to something a little better.
- front and rear disc brakes
- double rear shock absorbers
- small touches (led taillight, indicators)
- no fuel injection
- higher msrp
motorscooterguide forums – Visit the forums on this site to discuss this scooter. kymcoforum.com – a good place to get more information about kymco
key specifications – 150 film:
- engine: 149 cc, 4-valve, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke
- power: 13.5 hp
- transmission: cvt
- diameter & stroke: 59.0 x 54.5mm
- compression ratio: 11.0:1
- fuel supply: carburetor
- drive: belt
- wheelbase: 50.55”
- weight: 250 lbs
- start: electric
- seat height: 30.7”
- fuel tank: 7.5 l / 2 gallons
- brakes: disc (front), disc (rear)
- front suspension: telescopic fork
- rear suspension: double shock absorber
- tyres: 110/70-12 (front) / 130/70-12 (rear)
- years sold: 2013 – 2014 usa USA, 2013 – 2015 (Canada)
- 2013: Mandarin, Black
- 2014: Mandarin, Black
- 2015: Mandarin, Black (Canada only)