BMW C 400 X
The C 400 X is BMW’s first mid-sized adventure scooter. It was announced in fall 2017 for a worldwide release in 2018 including the USA and Canadian markets. It joins BMW’s larger C Evolution electric scooter and C 650 Sport/GT in their C series of maxiscooters.
The C 400 X is BMW’s contribution to the medium sized maxi scooter segment - a niche that’s gotten quite popular over the last couple years with new entrants from Suzuki (Burgman 400) and Yamaha (X-MAX 300). The C 400 X was first revealed at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, with production beginning shortly thereafter for a mid2018 introduction in North America - perhaps as 2019 models.
Propulsion is provided by a single cylinder engine which displaces only 350cc, despite the name of this scooter. The engine is equipped with the usual range of motor features (liquid cooling, fuel injection, OHC) and an impressive 11.5:1 compression ratio.
The result is 34 hp (7500 RPM) and 25.8 lbs-ft torque (6000 RPM). That yields a 0-60 mph time of 9.5 seconds which sounds slow compared to the car world, but is quite good for a scooter. Most manufacturers don’t release 0-60 times, but the C 400 X should be faster than Suzuki’s new Burgman which despite an extra 50cc, actually makes less power (30.5 HP) and hauls around another 25 lbs of weight. Yamaha’s 28 hp X-MAX 300 should be in the rear view mirror as well.
Top speed for the C 400 X is electronically governed to 86 mph, which seems fair but is slower than Suzuki’s 95 mpg Burgman 400. Fuel milage has not been released, but’s likely around 60 mpg, which gives a range just over 200 miles on it’s 3.4 gallon tank.
The C 400 X brings a unique style to the scooter world. It’s sized like a touring scooter, but the style is decidedly an adventure scooter with blacked out sections of bodywork, an asymmetrical headlight and a short beak under the headlight similar to the larger adventure bikes from BMW.
As such, this maxiscooter achieves an aggressive off-road look that work to dispel the wimpy image of scooters. In a sense, it feels like a BMW version of a grown up Honda Ruckus.
Braking and Handling
ABS is standard on the C 400 X like all scooters from BMW. This ABS is linked to dual rotors (265mm) and 4 pistons up front, while a simpler single rotor (265mm), single piston disc brake suffices in the rear. The braking bits are from Brembo (under the BYBRE brand) so they should be more than capable of controlling a relatively light 450 lbs machine. For comparison, Suzuki’s Burgman 400 tallies 474 lbs on the scale, while smaller 300cc machines from Honda (Forza) and Yamaha (X-Max) weigh 400 - 428 lbs.
Also standard is traction control (aka ASC or Automatic Stability Control). While the C 400 X certainly looks like an adventure bike, it doesn’t have the suspension to back up that look with only 4.3” of travel in the front (BMW’s adventure bikes have around 7” of travel). It does have dual shocks in the rear though with adjustable pre-load, so the C 400 X should be a capable machine even if it can’t quite live up to it’s look.
Features and Amenities
BMW has equipped the C 400 X with their “Flexcase” storage - an idea first seen on their larger C 650 Sport. The Flexcase is basically a trap door in the bottom of the underseat area. It opens and expands downward to increase capacity. It’s a clever idea as it enables a passenger to sit lower, but you wouldn’t want to forget it’s deployed when you ride off or it would rub on the rear wheel.
Without the Flexcase deployed there is moderate space under the seat (one helmet can fit at the front), and then with it deployed you can stow two helmets. In addition to the underseat area, the C 400 X has two small storage areas up front, one of which has a 12V plug for accessories.
Other notable features include an LED headlight, folding passenger pages and an optional color 6.5” TFT screen like BMW’s larger adventure bikes which bluetooth integrates with your phone. It’s too bad the screen is optional, because it looks fantastic. Other optional features are heated grips, heated seats, two styles of top cases, racks, taller windscreen, keyless ride and a lower seat. With the keyless option, you can stow the keys in the front storage cubby instead of inserting them into the ignition.
The C 400 X is a great looking scooter. It pulls off the aggressive look better than Yamaha’s X-MAX (which is nicely styled too) and is, arguably, the best looking mid-sized maxi-scooter on the market. Given the nature of BMW’s pricing and more limited dealer network, the X-MAX should outsell the C 400 X, but the Bimmer is the nicer machine. The X-MAX retails for $5600 USD, while the C 400 X is priced at $7540 in Canada and likely around $6-7g in the USA, which is impressive. Suzuki’s Burgman 400 looks uncompetitive on price at $8099 in the USA.
It’s great to see BMW offering a smaller scooter at a more attractive price point (the C 650 Sport is $10g). Compared to BMW’s larger machines, the lower up front cost of the C 400 X plus better fuel milage and lighter weight, will appeal to a much larger audience. It’s a nice move by BMW and it should transform them into a more well known manufacturer of scooters.
It’s worth noting that Suzuki is regarded as the king of maxiscooters for a reason - they’ve got touring comforts nailed down. The new 2018 Burgman 400 moves away from this a little bit towards a more aggressive style and is quite a bit more expensive, but it’s still worth looking at if you’re envisioning touring in your future. The Suzuki wins on touring attributes like storage space and top speed. But at a lower price and with BMW engineering, the C 400 X is going to be popular for good reason.
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* Engine: Liquid cooled, 350cc, 4-valve OHC single
* Power: 34 hp @ 7500 RPM, 25.8 lbs-ft torque @ 6000 RPM
* Bore & Stroke: 80mm x 69.6mm
* Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
* Transmission: CVT
* Fuel Delivery: Closed loop fuel injection with catalytic converter
* Wheelbase: 61.6”
* Weight: 450 lbs
* Starter: Electric
* Alternator: 316 watt
* Seat height: 30.5”
* Fuel Tank: 3.4 gallon / 12.8L
* Front Brake: Dual 265mm discs, 4 piston with ABS
* Rear Brake: Single 265 disc, 1 piston with ABS
* Front Suspension: Telescopic 35mm fork with 4.3” travel
* Rear Suspension: Dual shocks with adjustable preload
* Tires: 120/70-15 (front), 150/70-14 (rear)
* MSRP: TBA (USA), $7540 (Canada)
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