New BMW is a super-commuter
Sportiest midi-scoot yet could tempt us off bikes for run to work
BMW’s new mid-size scooter should offer class-leading performance when it goes on sale this autumn. Destined to cash in on the 35,00045,000 big scooter sales in Europe each year, they have taken it seriously enough to build an all-new scoot, which is competitively priced due to the fact it is built to BMW’s exacting standards by Lonchin in China. The heart of the BMW C400X is a 350cc, SOHC water-cooled 4v motor with CVT (twist and go). BMW have tailored their CVT for acceleration and the C400X is nippy off the line while also delivering good levels of torque, virtually no vibrations (the mirrors remained clear at all speeds) and the ability to pull the bike up to an indicated 86mph. Not to mention a claimed 80mpg and a tank range of over 220 miles.
BMW have given the bike more of a sporting edge. It lacks a traditional feet-forward riding position to keep it short and agile and as a result its
‘Its riding position isn’t feet-forward, making it agile’ MCN’S FIRST RIDE IMPRESSION
storage space is a bit more limited. As well as two lockable cubby-holes (one of which has a 12V plug-in point), the C400X has enough underseat storage to fit an open-face lid and other items, but it isn’t that generous. A 30-litre top box is an optional extra.
In town, an excellent turning circle allows the C400X to easily be U-turned and its light feel and narrow girth means you can zip through gaps. The riding position means feet are always close to the ground. Although the brakes lack some feel, they are strong enough and the ABS isn’t too intrusive. BMW claim it will cost just over £6000, although once you add extras it will inevitably be the most expensive mid-sized scooter on the market.
It’s fun to ride and handles well, but the BMW is lacking a bit in terms of practicality due to its smaller size. The C400X looks and feels like a premium scooter and has an excellent array of accessories, so it’s down to what a rider’s priority is, either agility or practicality, whether they opt for it over a Far-Eastern rival.
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C400X is expected to cost just over £6k