KYMCO REVAMPS FOR 2018 WITH LIKE 150, X-TOWN 300 & XCITING 400
January 14, 2018 Filed under: 2018 Models | Kymco
THREE NEW MODELS AND THREE ON THE WAY OUT
No stranger to mixing up their scooter lineup, Kymco is back at it for 2018 with three new nameplates.
New for 2018 is the Xciting 400, which replaces the Xciting 500 as the largest scooter in Kymco’s line. The Xciting 400 slips a freshly designed 399cc engine into the same body/chassis as last years Xciting 500, so it’s a new motor in a familiar package.
The power output is down, as you might expect with a loss of 100cc, but it’s not down that much with 35 horsepower on tap instead of 37.8. Torque is also down about 10% but so is the weight (425 lbs instead of 462) such that the power:weight ratio is unchanged at 17 lbs per pony.
Raw power probably isn’t the leading reason anyone buys a scooter though. The practical appeal of the new Xciting 400 is admittedly a bit tough to find, but the best candidate is the improved milage, which rises to about 55 mpg from 50. Also noteworthy is a next generation Bosch ABS. Price tag for the new 400 is $5999 - the same as the outgoing 500 model - so overall the new Xciting 400 is a fairly unexciting. A bit less power and bit better milage.
More exciting is probably the new X-Town 300. Kymco has dropped both their Downtown 300 and People GT 300 models to make room for the new X-Town. At first glance the X-Town also doesn’t look like a great improvement over the outgoing models, as the power dives to 23 horsepower (vs 28 for the outgoing scooters) to meet stricter Euro-4 emissions regulations, but the low emissions are nice and when you see the price tag you won’t care about the 5 horsepower loss.
The new X-Town retails for a mere $3999 - a huge savings over the outgoing Kymco’s that were priced around $5399. That’s $1400 less than the outgoing models and even more compared with scooters like Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 and Piaggio’s BV 350 (both $5599). The styling is also reasonably nice - although a bit generic. Folks looking for a practical mid-sized scooter will want to give the X-Town 300 a close look.
Lastly, Kymco has introduced a new generation of their Like scooter. This new generation debuts as the Like 150, and is being sold alongside the older Like 200 for 2018. Despite being badged as a 150, the new Like has almost as much displacement as the 200 (149cc vs 163cc) and actually has more power (13.5 HP vs 11.3HP).
The new styling also looks great. To the undiscerning eye, it looks close to the newest Vespa’s and Lambretta’s. When you consider that the new Like 150 includes standard ABS, it becomes a no-brainer choice over the old Like 200 at just $100 premium ($2599 vs $2499 for the Like 200). In Canada both models list for $3399, so the new 150 is a no-brainer.
It’s also going to be stiff competition for the Italians. A new 150 scooter from Vespa comes with a long list of extra amenities, such as liquid cooled motors and metal construction, but the Like 150 will tempt a lot of folks with half the price tag.
As mentioned, the Xciting 500, Downtown 300 and People GT 300 are on their way out. It’s surprising that Kymco has elected to return the Like 200 alongside the new Like 150, but presumably they’ve got inventory to clear and these older Like 200’s will be sold at a discount.
Kymco’s smaller scooter models (Agility, Super 8X, Compagno) are returning unchanged
MODELS: Agility 50 / 125 (USA Only), Super 8X 50 / 150, Compagno 110i, Like 150 / 200, X-Town 300, Xciting 400i ABS
NEW SCOOTERS GALORE AT EICMA AND TOKYO SHOWS
November 11, 2017 Filed under: 2019 Models | BMW | Vespa | Honda | Lambretta | Kymco | SYM
NEW ELECTRICS AND A SMALL BMW
Each year the Japanese and European scooter manufacturers unveil new concept and production scooters at the Tokyo and Milan (EICMA) motorcycle shows. These shows occur at almost the same time, so it’s the peak time of year for scooter news.
Thankfully 2017 did not disappoint with interesting concept and production machines from a wide range of OEMs. Notable machines this year were electric scooters from Vespa and Honda that are actually headed on sale, new maxiscooters from BMW, SYM and Kymco, and some vintage nostalgia courtesy of Honda (CC110) and Lambretta (V-Special)
Vespa displayed an electric version of their Primavera last year called the Elettrica, but it was a non-functional concept. This year Vespa returned with a fully developed Elettrica they actually plan to start producing next year. Vespa is claiming they are going to sell this new scooter in many markets, so we’ll see where it winds up and if they’re serious.
The Elettrica puts out 4kW of peak power (5.35 horsepower) but can only do 2 kW on a sustained basis, so the power is comparable to a 50cc but the cruising speed probably isn’t quite there. Vespa hasn’t disclosed the battery size, but they did say the range is 100km (62 miles), so we expect that comes from a battery size around 5kWh.
Vespa has designed this scooter for faster speed “level 2” charging, but not ultra fast charging, so it still takes 4 hours at best (and probably 8-12 hours at home). If you’re worried about the range, Vespa is also going to produce a “range extended” version with an on-board gas generator to charge the batteries called the Elettrica X. Mostly likely this version will make an already expensive scooter even more pricey.
HONDA PCX ELECTRIC
Honda is also going to start producing a serious electric scooter. They revised their popular PCX design to come up an electric version that is uncreatively called…..the PCX Electric. Unfortunately Honda hasn’t started with a clean sheet design here, so they’ve had to stuff the batteries in under the seat which cuts the storage space.
Honda has actually teamed up with Yamaha on the battery side of this, so they’re using standardized and swappable batteries that are supposed to be compatible with a range of Honda and Yamaha machines in the years to come. We’ve been skeptical of battery swapping here in the past - particularly when it’s mandatory like Gogoro who disallows home charging - because people like to own all of their scooter. Having the option to swap is fine, as long as manufacturers work towards faster charging as well.
Honda hasn’t released any specs on the PCX Electric yet, but they do claim it’ll go on sale in Asia next year. They’re also prepping a hybrid version of the PCX, which is basically the regular PCX plus regenerative braking and a small battery to store the regenerated electrons. The PCX Hybrid cleverly uses the starter motor to deploy the regenerated power.
BMW unveiled a sweet looking and production ready new scooter called the C400X. Despite the C400X name, this adventure maxi-scooter is actually a 350cc. So it’s quite a bit smaller than BMW’s other C series models and hopefully quite a bit lower cost as well.
BMW has released all the specs for this machine, so we know it’s a 450 lbs, single cylinder scooter with a peak output of 34 horsepower @7500 RPM (that’s 4 HP more than the new Burgman 400) and an 86 mph top speed. The C400X also has standard ABS, traction control and dual 270mm disc brakes up front. Full info here.
The styling is reminiscent of the larger C series models, but it also has an adventure scooter look to it. BMW seems pretty serious with this model as they’ve already announced it will arrive in Canada and the USA in spring 2018.OTHER NEW SCOOTERS
A few other noteworthy scooters this year including the new Lambretta V-Special (above), which is being launched in 50cc, 125cc and 150cc sizes which is a SYM based scooter built in collaboration with the Lambretta Consortium. There’s also a nice looking 465cc maxi from SYM called the MaxSym TL and an interesting 550cc adventure scooter from Kymco called the AK550. Finally, Honda unveiled several new variants of their Cub at the Tokyo show, including the handsome CC110.
THIRD GENERATION SUZUKI BURGMAN 400 DEBUTS FOR 2018
October 19, 2017 Filed under: Suzuki | 2018 Models
BURGMAN 400 GETS SPORTY
Suzuki USA has brought their Burgman 400 back to life for 2018 with an all new third generation of this popular maxiscooter. The Burgman 400 originally went on sale in North America fifteen years ago for 2003, with new generations debuting for 2007 and now 2018.
The new Burgman 400 departs from the ideology of its ancestors by targeting more of a sports touring niche rather than comprising a pure touring machine. The new Burgman moves towards the “sports maxi” segment in numerous ways, including a more forward seating position, slimmer body work, a larger 15” front rim, shedding 14 lbs, more aggressive styling and a trimmed tail that reduces storage space.
The lighter, slimmer new Burgman 400 is quite a bit more handsome than the stocky second generation Burg 400, and should be more fun to ride, but you might want to look elsewhere if you’re after maximum comfort and storage. For that, there’s still Suzuki’s Burgman 650.
For 2018 Suzuki is only offering the Burgman 400 in Pearl Glacier White. The nice charcoal shade shown above is being offered in most markets, but Suzuki’s practice the last few years has been to only offer a single color of each model in North America.
The new Burgman 400 arrives with an MSRP of $8099, which is reasonable $100 increase over the departed second generation last offered for 2016. Head over to the Burgman 400 page for more info on the new generation.
The rest of Suzuki’s line up is largely unchanged for 2018, with both the Burgman 200 and 650 arriving back in American showrooms. The Burgman 200 is unchanged in both price ($4999) and color options (silver), while the 2018 Burgman 650 receives a new shade of white and a $50 price increase to $11,049. No word yet on Suzuki’s Canadian lineup.