KYMCO 2016: XCITING 500 REPLACES MYROAD 700
MYROAD DROPPED AFTER TWO YEARS
Kymco USA has released their 2016 scooter offerings. The big news for 2016 is the demise of the MyRoad 700i, which was teased for the North American market for several years before being launched in 2014. The biggest Kymco has been available overseas since 2008, but it wasn’t a match for North America and didn’t make the cut for 2016.
The most likely culprit here is the high MSRP Kymco set for the machine. At $9699, the MyRoad listed for a similar price as a BMW C 600 and about a grand under premium touring machines like the BMW C 650 GT and Suzuki Burgman 650. The MyRoad was reported a nice enough machine, but once prices get near 5 digits most buyers are going to opt for machines with more of a reputation.
In it’s place, Kymco USA is resurrecting the Xciting 500 (shown right) for 2016 at a more palatable $6899. This Xciting is known as the Xciting Ri 500 ABS and it’s the same machine that was introduced for 2013 and last offered in the USA for 2014 (not to be confused with the single headlight ’09 - ’12 Xciting Ri 500). As the name implies, ABS is standard.
The rest of Kymco’s line is returning unchanged. Even the prices are all the same including for the Downtown 300 which has never seen an MSRP boost in the 6 years it’s been on the market.
To freshen the rest of their line, Kymco has revamped the color palette for their lineup except the Agility 50 / 125. Most of the new colors are nice standard choices. The except is the new “light green” option for the Campagno 110. This mint shade is pretty unique color that will stand out.
No word yet from Canada.
USA MODELS: Agility 50 / 125, Super 8X / 8R 50, Compagno 110i, Super 8X / 8R 150 Like 200, People GT 300i, Downtown 300i, Xciting 500 Ri ABS
HONDA LAUNCHES NEW LIQUID COOLED 2016 METROPOLITAN
REVAMPED METROPOLITAN HEADLINES HONDA’S 2016 SCOOTER LINE
The Metropolitan has been majorly upgraded for 2016 with an all new motor, revised style and improved amenities. The new Met gains liquid cooling, an in-floor fuel tank, larger underseat storage and a small glovebox with 12V charging socket. This new Met is essentially Honda Japan’s new Giorno Clip model, which is replacing the discontinued regular Giorno in Asian markets. In Canada, Honda is also offering this new model but under the overseas Giorno name.
The 2016 Met utilizes Honda’s new AF74E liquid cooled motor. This new motor is similar to the GET2 design in the 2002-2009 Metropolitan, with a clever side mounted radiator and reversible alternator that doubles as the starting motor. Power from the new motor is similar with 0.1 less horsepower (now 4.4) but coming at a lower RPM (8000 vs 8250). The main appeal of the new motor is the improved efficiency, made possible with higher compression (12.0:1 instead of 10.1:1) and an idle stop system, although the idle stop system appears seems to be nixed from the North American market. In Japan this model is rated at a staggering 132 mpg in real world conditions (180 mpg in Japan’s wildly optimistic 30km/hr test), which is 13% better than the departing Metropolitan which was rated at 117 mpg. Honda USA is sticking with their 117 mpg claim, but it’s likely they haven’t had the chance to run the new model past the D.O.T. yet, either that the axed idle stop system contributed that much.
In terms of the style, it’s the same core machine but Honda reworked the side flanks with new horizontal streaks and freshened up the front of the legshield. Also new are the 8 spoke rims and instrumentation, which gains a digital trip odometer. There’s also new black shrouding under the floor, which conceals the relocated 1.2 gal fuel tank. The frame itself appears to be the same and the wheelbase is unchanged at 46.5”. There’s a good video walk around of the new style here.
In terms of amenities, the revised Met replaces the open legshield storage cubby with a smaller one under the ignition good for a bottle of water and then a more useful but small glovebox on the left side. This glovebox has a small 12V outlet perfect for charging a cell phone.
Colors for 2016 are Pearl Blue, Pearl White and Red. Pricing is not yet announced but is likely$50-$100 more than the 2015 Met. So our guess is $2099 USA / $2399 Canada.
YAMAHA READIES NEW ZUMA 125 FOR 2016
NEW 2016 ZUMA 125 WHILE REMAINING SCOOTERS CARRY OVER
Yamaha released the better part of their 2016 scooter line up this week for both the USA and Canada.
The USA announcement includes the return of all 2015 scooters except for the TMAX and the Zuma 125. So the Vino 50, Zuma 50, Zuma 50 FX and the SMAX are all back unchanged in design and price. As usual there are new color options, with the Vino 50 available in a particularly fantastic Rosewood Brown.
The absence of the TMAX is understandable since Yamaha surprised everyone with a really late 2015 TMAX announcement this spring, so most likely they’re going to hold off a bit on announcing the 2016 TMAX or maybe they’ll skip the year entirely if inventory is high, but we’ll see the TMAX back at some point as soon as inventory is low enough.
The really interesting news is the lack of the Zuma 125. By itself it would be a worrying sign but a look at Yamaha’s Canadian 2016 lineup (which typically mirrors the USA) provides some exciting insight. In Canada is similar except it includes a heavily updated BWs 125, which is the Canadian name for the Zuma 125. Most likely Yamaha USA has delayed announcing their 2016 Zuma 125 because it’s not quite ready for showrooms and they don’t want to tank sales of the outgoing version, but we should see an announcement in the next few weeks.
At first glance, the new BWs/Zuma 125 looks like an all new machine. The styling is hardly recognizable as a Z125, particularly in the rear where the exposed tube frame is gone. Likely Yamaha’s got a new sub-frame here. The front is also way different, with the classic bug eye lights being replaced by somewhat bulgy but more integrated dual headlights. Also new are the rims and the gauge setup.
Style aside, Yamaha gave this machine some nice functional upgrades. The front brake moves to a larger disc (245mm vs. 220mm) and with twin pistons in the caliper instead of one. There’s also a sweet disc brake in the rear now instead of a drum. The suspension details aren’t all announced but the front forks are larger diameter (31mm vs 27mm) and the rear suspension looks different.
Yamaha also bumped up space in the cockpit with a claim of more knee room, which is great because the outgoing model was a bit tight here for 6 footers. With that said, it still looks a bit tight in the photos. There’s also nice new folding passenger pegs, a 10% larger fuel tank and somehow Yamaha got almost 50% more space out of the underseat storage area (7.6 gallon vs. 5.2). It looks like this was achieved by extending the butt of the scooter and making it a bit deeper.
What’s not changed seems to be the engine, which has all the same specs. Even there the are some obvious external changes (i.e. exhaust cover, fan cover) so it’s possible Yamaha’s even tweaked this. Hopefully we get some more details and a USA announcement soon.