New BMW is a su­per-com­muter

Sporti­est midi-scoot yet could tempt us off bikes for run to work

MCN - - THIS WEEK -

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

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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

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