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KYMCO PEOPLE 50 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1 Do not remove this Owner’s Manual from the vehicle. Read this manual carefully before operating the vehicle, as it contains important safety information.
  • Page 2 Read this manual carefully. This Owner’s Manual contains important information on the safety, operation and maintenance of your KYMCO scooter. Anyone who operates your scooter should carefully read and understand the contents of this manual before riding the scooter. For your safety, understand and follow all of the warnings contained in this Owner’s Manual and the labels applied to your scooter.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Specifications (People 50) ................. 59 Break-in Recommendations ............... 18 - 19 Specifications (People 150) ............... 60 Tire Break-in ....................19 Emission - KYMCO Clean Air System ............61 Troubleshooting ..................19 Emission Information & EPA Warranty ............62 Pre-ride Inspection ................20 - 30 KYMCO Limited Scooter Warranty ............
  • Page 4: Section 1 - Safety

    Due to improvements or other changes, there may be information in this manual that differs slightly from your vehicle. KYMCO reserves the right to make product and publication changes at any time, without notice, and without incurring any liability.
  • Page 5: Scooter Safety

    You will find many helpful recommendations throughout this approved by KYMCO for this scooter. manual. Here are some very important safety tips: Inspect your scooter before riding...
  • Page 6: Scooter Safety

    SCOOTER SAFETY PROTECTIVE APPAREL 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 For your safety, always wear an approved motorcycle or scooter helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long- sleeved shirt or jacket whenever you ride your scooter. 3 3 3 3 3 Helmets and protection Your helmet is your most important piece of riding gear be-...
  • Page 7: Load Limits & Guidelines

    LOAD LIMITS & LOADING GUIDELINES These general guidelines may help you decide how to add accessories to your scooter and how to load it properly. 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 Load limits These specifications are the load limits for your People scooter.
  • Page 8: Accessories & Modifications

    Never modify your scooter through the improper instal- operating conditions. It is not possible for KYMCO to test each lation or use of accessories. All parts and accessories accessory on the market, or all of the combinations of the avail- added to this vehicle should be genuine KYMCO or able accessories.
  • Page 9: Section 2 - Controls & Features

    SECTION 2 - CONTROLS & FEATURES Location of parts & controls 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 2 2 2 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 1 1 1 1 1...
  • Page 10 CONTROLS & FEATURES Location of parts & controls 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 5 5 5 5 5 9 9 9 9 9 4 4 4 4 4 AT AT AT AT AT 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1...
  • Page 11: Vehicle Identification Numbers

    CONTROLS & FEATURES VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS You scooter had identification numbers stamped into the frame and engine cases during manufacture. 1 1 1 1 1 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) or Frame Number To view the VIN 1, remove the cover on the frame cover by releasing its tab with a flat-head screw driver.
  • Page 12: Keys

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Ignition switch & Steering lock Keys Your People scooter is equipped with an ignition switch 1 Your People scooter is supplied with two identical ignition that can turn on or off the vehicle’s electrical power supply, but switch keys.
  • Page 13: Right-hand Handlebar Switch

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Right handlebar switch Locking the steering Turn the handlebar fully to the left. Press in and rotate the 1 1 1 1 1 ignition switch key counterclockwise to the “LOCK” posi- tion. The steering will now be locked. Remove the ignition switch key.
  • Page 14: Left-hand Handlebar Switch

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Left handlebar switch 3 3 3 3 3 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 9 9 9 9 9 Turn signal switch: Headlamp switch -- UP 3 3 3 3 3 : The upper switch position turns the headlight high beam on.
  • Page 15: Under-seat Storage Compartment

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Under-seat storage compartment Your scooter is equipped with an under-seat storage compart- ment that permits you to secure cargo and other items. Never exceed the maximum weight limit of the storage compartment, as vehicle handling and stability may be 1 1 1 1 1 severely affected.
  • Page 16: Helmet Hooks

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Main stand (center stand) Your People scooter is equipped with a main (center) stand. Do not ride your scooter with a helmet hanging from a helmet hook, as this can interfere with your ability to control your scooter, and may cause an accident. Engine heat may cause the under-seat storage com- partment to become warm.
  • Page 17: Instruments

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Instruments & Indicators 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 Your People scooter is equipped with a multifunction meter along with a indicator set. This multifunction meter includes an analog speedometer, an odometer, fuel level display, and a digital clock.
  • Page 18: Front Luggage Box

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Adjusting the clock time: 4. Again, use the Mode Button 9 9 9 9 9 momentarily to cycle Turn the ignition switch “ON” and use the Mode Button 9 9 9 9 9 and through the displayed digits until you reach the desig- the Adjustment Button AT AT AT AT AT to adjust the clock’s time setting.
  • Page 19: Rear Shock Absorbers

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Rear shock absorbers Passenger foot rest Your People scooter is equipped with foot rests 2 that swing You can adjust the spring preload of your scooter’s shock out for use when you are carrying a passenger. absorbers to match the load it will be carrying. 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1.
  • Page 20: Section 3 - Operation

    SECTION 3 - OPERATION Break-in recommendations The first 600 miles (1,000 km) of riding are the most important sure that this mating process occurs. Do not, however, apply in the life of your scooter. Following proper break-in procedures excessive load on the scooter's drive line. during this time will help ensure maximum life and performance Avoid constant low speed operation: from your new scooter.
  • Page 21: Tire Break-in

    Maintenance Schedule section. Unless you have formal training as a service techni- cian and have access to KYMCO technical reference materials, it is strongly suggested that you have the initial service performed by a KYMCO dealer.
  • Page 22: Pre-ride Inspection

    After one month of use or 200 miles (300 km) of riding, 2. Tires: Check condition and inflation pressure (pages 21 & 22). which ever occurs first, contact your KYMCO dealer to perform an initial service on your scooter. 3. Fuel level: Fill fuel tank when necessary (page 23). Check for leaks.
  • Page 23: Engine Oil Inspection

    OPERATION PRI - Engine oil level inspection NOTE: Park your scooter on the main stand, on level ground. Use extreme caution when performing the oil level in- spection or any other checks if the scooter’s engine 1 1 1 1 1 has been recently operated.
  • Page 24 Replace worn or damaged tires immediately for the safety of you and your passenger. Consult your KYMCO dealer for tire repair or replace- 3. Check the tread depth 4 at the wear indicator points 5. If ment service.
  • Page 25: Fuel Level / Filler Cap

    OPERATION PRI - Fuel level inspection / Refilling When the fuel level gauge needle approaches “E” (indicating the tank is nearly empty), refill the tank with unleaded gasoline. To open the fuel filler cap: 1. With the engine “OFF”, place the scooter on its main stand 3 3 3 3 3 and open the seat (see page 12 of this manual).
  • Page 26: Brake Inspection

    If your scooter requires brake shoe riding, you should inspect the brake lever free-play, the rear replacement, see your KYMCO dealer for this service. brake shoe wear, the front brake fluid level and the front brake pad wear.
  • Page 27 5 5 5 5 5 nants (dirt, water, etc.) to enter the brake fluid reservoir. See your KYMCO dealer for this service. Make sure the cutout on the adjusting nut 6 6 6 6 6 is seated on the brake arm pin 5 5 5 5 5 after making adjustments.
  • Page 28 OPERATION 2. Visually inspect the front brake pads on your scooter for 1. Verify that the brake fluid level is between the “L” mark and wear. Each pad’s surface has grooves 8 that will indicate the “F” mark in the brake fluid reservoir window 7. See the amount of life left in each pad.
  • Page 29: Steering & Handlebar Inspection

    If the steering does not move smoothly or feels ob- structed, do not ride your scooter. See your KYMCO dealer immediately for repairs or adjustment.
  • Page 30: Instrument Inspection

    5 illuminates. 3. Operate the turn signal switch to make sure the turn signals NOTE: Contact your KYMCO dealer for repair of your 6 flash. Make sure each of the four signals flash, and the scooter’s instruments if they are not functioning properly.
  • Page 31: Chassis Inspection

    Because all of these systems are vital safety items, con- License plate: Make sure your license plate is securely tact your KYMCO dealer for replacement bulbs or elec- mounted and your registration is current. trical system repair should there be any malfunctions.
  • Page 32: Starting The Engine (electric Start)

    OPERATION Starting the engine (electric start) Reflectors: Look to make sure all of the safety reflectors are To start your scooter using the electric starter motor, follow still mounted to your scooter. Replace any missing or dam- this procedure: aged reflectors. NOTE: Before starting, check the engine oil and fuel lev- els.
  • Page 33 If the scooter does not start, con- tact your KYMCO dealer, as your scooter may need to have its fuel system cleaned and adjusted. 3. Press the starter button 2 without rotating the throttle grip.
  • Page 34: Starting The Engine (kick Start)

    OPERATION Do not press the starter button once the engine is run- ning or the starter motor and engine may be damaged. Starting the engine (kick start) To start your scooter using the kick start lever 4, follow the electric starting procedure, but use the kick lever in place of 5 5 5 5 5 the electric start button.
  • Page 35: Riding Your Scooter

    OPERATION Riding your scooter NOTE: After starting, allow the engine oil to circulate be- fore riding your scooter. Allow sufficient idling time after warm or cold engine start-up before applying load or rev- ving the engine. This allows time for the lubricating oil to reach all the critical engine components.
  • Page 36 OPERATION In hot weather the engine could overheat if it idles for a long period of time. Very slow-speed traffic could also cause the scooter to overheat. To promote engine lon- gevity, permit the engine to cool in these situations. Avoid sudden acceleration and prolonged high-speed use that can accelerate engine wear.
  • Page 37 OPERATION NOTE: Decreasing the scooter’s speed with a balanced 5. Limit the maximum speed of your scooter during the first application of both brake levers and a reduction of throttle 600 miles (1,000 km) of operation. Keep the road speed will reduce the distance required to stop.
  • Page 38 OPERATION NOTE: At certain speeds your scooter will turn more ef- fectively by leaning your body, than by applying pressure Reduce your speed when riding on uneven or loose on the handlebars. Practice steering in an open, traffic- road surfaces. When riding downhill, use less throttle free area until you are familiar with the handling charac- and brake intermittently to control the vehicle’s teristics of your scooter.
  • Page 39: Parking Your Scooter

    OPERATION Parking your scooter Use the following procedure and suggestions when parking your scooter. 1. Place the scooter on level ground. 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9. After leaving traffic and when you stop the scooter, press the center of the turn signal indicator switch 7 to cancel the signal flashing.
  • Page 40: Section 3 - Operation

    OPERATION The scooter may fall over if it is not parked on level ground. Make sure flammable materials such as dry grass or leaves do not come into contact with the exhaust sys- tem when parking your scooter. Lock the steering of your scooter (see pages 10 &...
  • Page 41: Section 4 - Maintenance

    If your scooter tips over or becomes involved in a crash, nomical and trouble-free riding. It will also help reduce air pol- be sure your KYMCO dealer inspects all major parts, lution and maximize fuel economy . even if you are able to make some repairs.
  • Page 42: Maintenance Schedule

    * Should be serviced by your KYMCO dealer , unless you have the proper tools, service data and are technically qualified. * * In the interest of safety , we recommend these items be serviced only by your KYMCO dealer . KYMCO USA recommends that your KYMCO dealer road test your scooter after each periodic maintenance service is completed.
  • Page 43 MAINTENANCE Maintenance Schedule - People 50 & 150 MILEAGE 200 mi 600 mi 1850 mi 3100 mi 4300 mi 5500 mi 7000 mi Pre-ride inspection page 300 km 1000 km 3000 km 5000 km 7000 km 9000 km 11000 km...
  • Page 44: Tires

    MAINTENANCE Tires NOTE: Check the tire inflation pressure and tire tread con- dition at the periods listed in the Periodic Maintenance Failure to follow these warnings may result in an acci- Schedule. For maximum safety and good tire life, the tire dent due to tire failure.
  • Page 45: Engine Oil

    MAINTENANCE Engine oil Engine oil recommendation Use a premium quality, 4-stroke engine oil to help your scooter The engine and related components can become very hot. attain its highest possible service life. Only use oils that have Use care when inspecting or adjusting the oil level to avoid injury.
  • Page 46 MAINTENANCE 3. Replace the drain bolt/oil strainer cap 1. Tighten it to the specified torque. Oil drain bolt/cap torque: 18 lb-ft (25 N-m) 4. Add engine oil through the oil filler/dipstick hole. Engine oil capacity (50): 0.9 US qt. (0.85L) Engine oil capacity (150): 0.96 US qt.
  • Page 47: Transmission Fluid Change

    MAINTENANCE Transmission fluid change 1. Place the scooter on its main stand. Transmission fluid type: SAE 90 Transmission fluid capacity (50): 0.13 qt (0.12 L) 3 3 3 3 3 Transmission fluid capacity (150): 0.25 qt (0.21 L) NOTE: The fill amount specified is the amount to use after completely draining the used transmission fluid.
  • Page 48: Air Filter Maintenance

    2 2 2 2 2 4. Install the cleaned or new air cleaner element. Use a KYMCO genuine air cleaner element or an equivalent air cleaner ele- 2. Remove the air cleaner case cover 2. Remove the three ment specified for your scooter .
  • Page 49: Spark Plug

    In such a situation, you should replace the standard spark plug with a spark plug that has a colder heat range (usually a higher number; consult with your KYMCO dealer when selecting an alternate spark plug). Recommended spark plug 2 2 2 2 2...
  • Page 50: Fuel System

    Replace any fuel system components that are leaking fuel. Battery removal & installation Contact your KYMCO dealer for fuel system service, re- The battery is in a compartment under the scooter’s right body pairs or engine idle speed adjustment.
  • Page 51: Battery Removal & Installation

    MAINTENANCE 1. Make sure the ignition switch is “ OFF”. Remove the two 4. If the battery voltage is below 12.4 VDC, charge the bat- body panel screws 1 to access the battery cover . tery 4. 4 4 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 5.
  • Page 52: Fuses

    7. Replace the battery cover , body panel and all screws. 5 5 5 5 5 NOTE: Always keep the ignition switch OFF when servic- ing the battery. See your KYMCO dealer for electrical 4 4 4 4 4 system diagnosis and repair.
  • Page 53: Wire & Cable Covers

    Always keep ignition switch OFF when servicing the the electrical terminals are not contaminated by moisture, electrical connectors. See your KYMCO dealer for dirt or corrosion that could af fect their electrical integrity . any electrical system diagnosis and repair.
  • Page 54: Brake Lever & Shoe Adjustment

    (see page 24). and may need to be replaced. If your scooter requires 1. Measure the free-play at the left brake lever end 5: brake shoe replacement, see your KYMCO dealer for 0.4 - 0.6 in (10 - 20 mm). this service.
  • Page 55: Cleaning Your Scooter

    MAINTENANCE Cleaning Clean your scooter regularly to protect the surface finishes and inspect for damage, wear , and oil, coolant or brake fluid leakage. Avoid cleaning products that are not specifically designed for scooter, motorcycle, or automobile surfaces. Nonspecific clean- ers may contain harsh detergents or chemical solvents that could damage the metal, paint, and plastic on your scooter .
  • Page 56 MAINTENANCE Removing road salt 6. Test the brakes before riding the scooter . Several applica- tions of the brakes may be necessary to restore normal brak- The salt used in some communities to prevent road icing can ing performance. become very corrosive to your scooter . Wash your scooter as soon as possible if it comes in contact with road salt (or sea water).
  • Page 57: Storage

    MAINTENANCE STORAGE GUIDE 3. To prevent rusting in the cylinder , perform the following: Extended storage, such as for the winter months, requires that Remove the spark plug cap from the spark plug, using tape or you take certain steps to reduce the ef fects of deterioration string to secure the cap to any convenient plastic body part so from the non-use of your scooter.
  • Page 58 Removal from storage 1. Uncover and clean the scooter . 2. Change the engine oil if more than 1 month has passed since the start of storage. 3. Charge the battery as required (use a quality charger de- signed for use on a maintenance-free type battery). Install the battery.
  • Page 59: Maintenance Record

  • Page 60: Section 4 - Maintenance

  • Page 61: Specifications (people 50)

    SPECIFICATIONS - PEOPLE 50 Dimensions Chassis Overall length .......... 72.8 in (1850 mm) Tire size, front ............80/80 - 16 Overall width ..........26.9 in (685mm) Tire size, rear ............100/80 - 16 Overall height .......... 42.3 in (1075 mm) Chassis material ............Steel...
  • Page 62: Specifications (people 150)

    SPECIFICATIONS - PEOPLE 150 Dimensions Chassis Overall length .......... 76.7 in (1950 mm) Tire size, front ............80/80 - 16 Overall width ..........27.1 in (690 mm) Tire size, rear ............100/80 - 16 Overall height .......... 42.3 in (1075 mm) Chassis material ............Steel Wheel base ..........
  • Page 63: Emission - Kymco Clean Air System

    KYMCO Clean-Air System The KYMCO Clean-Air System is a secondary air suction system that helps the exhaust gases to burn more completely . When the engine's exhaust is sent into the exhaust system, it contains some unused fuel. This exhaust is still hot enough to burn the unused fuel.
  • Page 64: Emission Information & Epa Warranty

    Do not modify the engine, intake or exhaust components, as doing so will affect compliance with these noise level requirements. Please do not modify or change any KYMCO-designed components that may alter the sound or emission level from your People scooter.
  • Page 65: Kymco Limited Scooter Warranty

  • Page 66: Index

    Steering & Handlebar Inspection ...... 27 Left-hand Handlebar Switch ......12 Storage ............55 - 56 Emission - KYMCO Clean Air System ....61 Load Limits & Guidelines ........5 Emission Information & EP A Warranty ..... 62 Table of Contents ..........1 Locations of Parts &...
  • Page 67: Identification Numbers Record

    The ignition switch key identification code is stamped on tab 1 supplied with the key. If you require a replacement key, you will need this code to obtain a new key from your authorized KYMCO dealer. Record the key number in the box above.
  • Page 68 5 Stan Perkins Road Spartanburg, SC 29307 Telephone: (888) 235-3417 FAX: (864) 327-4745 Prepared: June 2009 T300-BA30AC-US-A5...

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