New Kymco is ca­pa­ble of head­ing for the hills in com­fort

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ali­son Sil­cox MCN OF­FICE MAN­AGER @MCNNEWS mo­tor­cy­cle­news

The Kymco X-town 300 takes the good-around-town scooter con­cept to a whole new level with an abil­ity to leave the ur­ban sprawl be­hind and head for the hills.

The A2 li­cence-friendly scoot is an evo­lu­tion of the pop­u­lar Down­town but with an updated chas­sis and re­designed body­work, which is slim­mer and more an­gu­lar. The engine meets Euro4 regs and the scooter has ABS as stan­dard. At £4600 it is priced to com­pete with the Yamaha T-max 300.

We know small-ca­pac­ity scoot­ers are great for the daily com­mute but with this 276cc engine, can the X-town tackle longer jour­neys in com­fort?

Around town the engine is smooth, nippy, re­spon­sive and once out on the open road the Kymco gains pace quickly and sits eas­ily at mo­tor­way speeds. The long wheel­base makes the X-town 300 sta­ble and at slow speeds it’s ma­noeu­vrable enough to weave through busy city streets.

The pe­tal discs look the part but there is one slight nig­gle – the stop­ping power of the front brake, when used in iso­la­tion without the rear, is poor.

With a well-padded, sculpted seat and am­ple legroom it’s com­fort­able over dis­tance, too. A tinted screen and large fair­ing of­fer great weather pro­tec­tion and the twin LED head­lights are stylish and light the road well on night rides, while the X-shaped tail light is an eye-catch­ing ad­di­tion to the rear.

The X-town 300 has touches that you’d ex­pect to find on a scooter with a much higher price tag, which in­clude span-ad­justable levers, an­gled tyre valves and those pe­tal brake discs.

A clear and sim­ple LCD dash boasts analogue speedo and rev counter. A dig­i­tal read­out shows air and engine tem­per­a­tures, along with a fuel gauge, odome­ter and trip. Stor­age space is well thought out – the roomy un­der-seat com­part­ment is big enough to hold two full-face lids, has a light and there’s a glove­box com­plete with USB charger.

Main­te­nance costs are low with ser­vice in­ter­vals ev­ery 6000 miles, other scoot­ers in the class need to be ser­viced ev­ery 3000. It also re­turns a gen­uine 70mpg.

It’s an im­pres­sive pack­age.

Ba­sic dash but it’s got the essen­tials

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