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The new Kymco AK550 takes scooter­ing into the space age.

The new Kymco AK550 has the curves of a su­per tour­ing scooter and wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a new Bat­man movie. It fills the senses with more than just a nice side-on, or a tan­ta­lis­ing tail-end view. From all an­gles this Tai­wanese ma­chine pours gor­geous­ness into your life.

The fu­tur­is­tic front end re­minds me of an alien space­craft from an episode of Star Trek, while for some rea­son the cock­pit takes me back to the orig­i­nal Bat­tlestar Galac­tica TV se­ries. Sud­denly I’m back to be­ing a small child want­ing des­per­ately to be Star­buck, launch­ing in his Colo­nial Viper to fight the might of the Cy­lon Em­pire. With­out even turn­ing on the key­less ig­ni­tion sys­tem I was dream­ing of blast­ing through the skies, let alone along B-roads and dual car­riage­ways; as looks go, this is one mighty fine scooter.

The un­der­seat stor­age space (which has a weight ca­pac­ity of 10kg) takes a stan­dard open face hel­met, or a small-shell full face, plus a few ex­tras (say a set of wa­ter­proofs). What is a nice touch is the LED light that comes on when the seat is lifted. Ad­di­tional stor­age space is pro­vided by two small front com­part­ments, one of which houses a stan­dard 12v power out­put to charge your phone or sat nav.

WORDS: Jonathan Schofield PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Gary Chap­man

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