Minnesota Buys 21 KYMCO Quannon 150’s For Statewide Motorcycle Safety Program

| February 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

KymcoSpartanburg, SC — The State of Minnesota is adding twenty-one (21) new KYMCO 2010 Quannon 150 motorcycles to the fleet of bikes that serves its extensive rider education and safety program.  The KYMCO vehicles were chosen after a competitive bidding process that evaluated quality, performance and price.

“The Quannon proved to have enough power to do well on the training range, and it is a very manageable bike for beginner riders,” said Bill Shaffer, Administrator of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program.  “What we look for is a very reliable bike that will start every time, even in cold weather.  And it must stand up really well to novice riders. We need a motorcycle that can endure a fall-over and still be able to be put right back into service.”

Shaffer also cited the Quannon’s rider-friendly seat height of 31 inches adding,  “We really liked the price, too.”

The Minnesota program operates 31 training ranges spread throughout the state, and more than 8,200 riders were trained in 2009 alone.  Over 200 rider coaches teach both beginner and refresher courses every weekend from April through October, and the coaches serve the dual function of license-endorsement testers.  The courses are based on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) curriculum.

The Quannon 150’s are being purchased from Starr Cycle in North Mankato, MN, a KYMCO authorized dealer and Southern Minnesota’s powersports leader.  Starr’s owner, John Zendor, and his staff have been busy prepping the new bikes prior to delivery in time for the mid-April start of the safety course.  The Quannons will be added to the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program’s fleet, which numbers about 330 machines. Starr Cycle maintains the entire fleet under a separate contract with the state. (www.starr-cycle.com)

Additional information on the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program is available at www.motorcyclesafety.org, or on Facebook.


KYMCO’s roots in the motorsports industry go back to its founding in 1963 as the Kwang Yang Motor Company, Ltd., with headquarters in Taiwan.  Long a leader in quality, fuel economy, and versatility, today KYMCO manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs at five plants in Asia, including the main facility in the city of Kaohsiung.

KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan and currently exports to 88 countries worldwide. All KYMCO plants use the latest technology for the engineering and production of reliable engine, chassis, and other components. Since 2004, KYMCO has been officially accredited for ISO-9001 quality in manufacturing.  KYMCO is committed to maximum customer satisfaction and constant innovation, making use of the most advanced CAD/CAE tools to bring superior engineering and design to their products.

The company’s partner in the United States is KYMCO USA with headquarters, marketing and distribution centered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. KYMCO USA is dedicated to building the brand’s reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions, strategic industry partnerships, and excellence in dealer network support. KYMCO USA has a reputation and expertise gained through over 30 years in the U.S. motorsports industry.

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