Scooter Review: BMW C 600 Sport ScooterFile

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ScooterFile First Ride: BMW C 600 Sport

Let’s keep simple. The BMW C 600 Sport is a midsize motorcycle in a scooter form Yet this split personality is no — Hyde dichotomy at with its identity.

Instead, two symbiotic aspects of the C 600 Sport’s are what make this two wheeler remarkable. By purposefully segment-leading performance with convenience, BMW has done a cannonball the maxi scooter market

I had the opportunity to spend two days the BMW C 600 Sport last week around all the best parts of Los California. In that time I the streets and canal bridges of Beach, I lane-split through throngs of bumper-to-bumper car traffic, I double black diamond roads, and I blasted down the freeways and the Pacific Coast

I threw everything the road has to at the C 600 Sport, and it shrugged it all off like an sprinter walking to the mailbox. Senior Editor, Eric is spending an extended review with the C 600 Sport, so he’ll a more in-depth review for us in the weeks. For now, here are my impressions of BMW’s new foray scooters.

Focused on performance

At the C 600 Sport shares an engine with the top of the normal maxi displacement range. The Suzuki 650 comes to mind. Yet while the two are similar in weight, the BMW is intended for a kind of riding life.

the Burgman is most often by scooterists as a long haul machine, BMW intends the C 600 Sport to more directly with TMax sport scooter. the C 600 Sport’s big brother, the C 650 GT, does the Burgie in its sights, both have a performance focus one only expect from

This performance focus both bikes decidedly something that from a scooterist’s point of view, the C 600 Sport somewhere fairly new in the It’s not a touring machine, it could easily be used as Instead, it’s really of a muscle scooter.

The C 600 Sport’s twin drivetrain makes 60 which is more than to motivate the bike’s quarter ton of This scooter is fast, and I properly fast. Not just fast” like a Genuine SS220i or my Honda Elite As quick as these smaller are at speeds below 60 mph, the BMW C 600 makes speed seemingly effort all the way up to its top speed of 109 mph.

While this might gratuitous at first, all that serves a rather practical With significant acceleration with just the flick of my I was able to put the C 600 Sport anywhere I it in the flow of traffic. Be it stop-and-go traffic, mid-speed highway or high-speed freeway sprints, scooter was powerful in more one sense of the word.

Powerful in it instantly made speed, but also in that it gave me the control over where I was in

Because of the CVT transmission in the C 600 Sport, all the it’s able to deliver can be without any delays for shifting and no possible user error the clutch. Joining speeding traffic was a breeze, even a … stop. Gaps in I don’t attempt on my 1,100 cc were no trouble for the C 600 Sport. truly a grip-it-and-rip-it machine.

Yet all of power is delivered with the smoothness and predictability. If those 60 hp intimidating, believe me when I say not. The throttle response was and precise. The drivetrain responded by exactly the amount of power I’d for. And because it’s a CVT, there’s no worry giving it too much throttle and loose the rear wheel.

BMW has a fantastic job setting up this which holds the engine in its output sweet spot from 30 mph all the way up to 70 mph. So in that range, I had instant access to everything the BMW could give me, and it give me a lot. That’s not

That’s power you can use.

handling and braking

The suspension on the C 600 Sport felt very It’s comfortable, if just firm, and tuned for superb As I snaked my way through the canyon of the Santa Monica mountains, I my own limits far before finding the This is thanks to sport style upside-down front and the typical BMW single-sided rear arm.

The C 600 Sport has an impressively low center of thanks to how they’ve packaged the the suspension and the chassis components. didn’t just make it and eager to turn in on the winding roads.

This BMW will all but up on its own at low speeds. At speeds where scooters require the dragging of one or the other, the C 600 Sport would confidently. U-turns and parking lot were effortless. Threading in stopped and slow-moving cars (a wonderful Californian affordance) almost no handlebar gyration to on track.

Coming to a straight at a stoplight, I can imagine the occasional tip from a rider who would forget to put his or her feet down. The of the bike side-to-side as well as is something into which BMW put a lot of thought and engineering effort. The is a scooter of utmost stability, no leaning bias one way or the other.

In the C 600 Sport was smaller than I from its photographs. So much that I was surprised to see a pair of brakes on the front wheel. a disk rear as well and BMW has the C 600 Sport with ABS as standard. As one expect, this BMW stops well. Lever feel on the brakes is nice and responsive, for confident stopping, and both are adjustable.

Big brakes are a must on scooter, not because of its size, but of its weight and its power.

The ABS system’s to arrest this big scooter the perfect safety balance to all machine’s power. BMW understands as as anyone that proper is just as important as horsepower to a complete performance package. brakes were never but perfectly responsive and predictable.

Yet let that sound like aren’t powerful.


The C 600 Sport could easily harder than my own ability to myself back from the Using the bike’s upper, floor boards became a during spirited riding. position let me better brace my against the rather impressive force generated at both At one point, I had to put the C 600 Sport’s brakes to use on the PCH to avoid a merging van.

A quick tug from two fingers on hand had me and the bike a full car behind the action before the driver could even his ill-considered maneuver. At least he after.

In terms of feel, the C 600 feels about 75% motorcycle in of its riding dynamics. With 15″ it’s definitely more motorcycle than scooter in of its suspension and brake setup. Yet not a criticism. It just is what it is.

The is still terrifically responsive, and its size and weight, I don’t I’d want it to be as twitchy as it would be on wheels.

Good looks, technology and clever features

a BMW, the C 600 Sport is focused not on performance, but also on premium and features. The fit and finish are as tight and as one could ever expect plastic body panels. Our machine bore a set of terrific satin blue body in a color BMW calls Reef

It’s a color exclusive to the C 600 with five colors in total across both C In general, photographs don’t do justice to how good looking machine is in person. It’s the only bike in the maxi space that sports a unique and attractive exterior — and I the BMW C 650 GT when I say that.

The C 600 Sport is a machine that inspires an envy the bloated spaceship of other maxi scooters can’t compete with.

The were comfortable and the seat was a balance between firm and soft comfort. With two board positions to choose it was easy to find a sustainable position. Switches and touch were solid and attractive, but I had a of niggles, which I’ll get later.

Beyond the ergonomic the C 600 Sport also featured rather clever details.

On the hand control is a button INFO, which cycles the C 600 digital gauge display various information readouts

Real-time mpg

Average mpg

Tire front and rear (in psi)


Outside temperature

Oil status

Today’s date

I was especially impressed by the availability of pressure and oil level status. able to check my tire and oil level on the dash is the kind of luxury feature I’d happily pay money for. The other two features of the C 600 Sport were on the right hand control:


Heated seat

You that correctly. Heated and a heated seat on a scooter. On its that sounds ridiculous, but the California sun had set and the desert temperatures 20º, I was thrilled to have

They actually became my thing about the C 600 Sport. I now to retrofit these to ever two I own.

Another clever of the C 600 Sport is its under-seat storage. up the seat (which is conveniently by a pneumatic cylinder), I found space deep enough for a my XXL face helmet in the front and about half as much in the rear section. Yet this is the C 600 Sport gets extra


BMW has designed an expandable storage called the Flexcase that like an accordion out of the floor of the storage. It all but rests on top of the rear This pouch was just big to hold my XXL helmet.

The pouch be collapsed and snapped back up place before the bike start again, but having helmet storage regardless of else is already in the under-seat is a pretty significant design run for BMW in my opinion.

As if that weren’t the C 600 Sport also features a of lockable cubbies in the dashwork are big enough for gloves, sunglasses, etc.

If there’s one technological the C 600 Sport is missing, I’d vote for control.

Few complaints

Overall, the C 600 is remarkable, but not perfect. The engine doesn’t sound half as as the bike looks. The exhaust much more like an mower than a muscle

What’s more, because the CVT is the bike at a constant RPM through legal road speeds, BMW sounds labored the whole even though it isn’t.

For a premium machine, the C 600 Sport had a few details. The turn indicator felt sloppy in comparison to the switches onboard and knobs for the adjustable windshield had a decidedly tote” feel to them. and I’m sure durable, but not at all as nice as of the other details on this

There’s one design detail on the C 600 that’s rather unfortunate in well, let’s go ahead and it a failure. This scooter the ignition cylinder to open the under-seat storage and release the for the gas cap. Push the key in and turn it one way for the storage and the other for the gas cap cover

Trouble is, if you turn the key hoping for the release, but instead open the gas cap the cover will tip partially Because this cover through the front of the seat, if you try to open the seat before closing the gas cap cover, you can actually the cover. It won’t cause gas to or do any practical damage, but it’s a bad

A $10,000 price tag

When I ScooterFile readers on Twitter they wanted to know the BMW C 600 Sport once I had my hands on the first question was a big one. Why is it so With an MSRP of $9,590, the C 600 is actually less expensive the Burgman, yet about $1,000 expensive than the TMax, named competitor.

Given the BMW C 600 performance, its standard ABS and plethora of comforts, its pricing seems aggressive. I’d say the BMW is definitely $1,000 bike than the TMax though it be). Our test reported a mixed-use fuel-efficiency of mpg. This included riding as well as about 100 of high-speed freeway use.

The claims 47 mpg on its best days, though the BMW has 16 more horsepower.

For nearly $10k is too much for a let alone a scooter. Yet I’d argue if I were going to spend on this scooter, I’d at least be my money’s worth. It’s a specialized machine with a list of features and performance Is it for everyone? Of course not.

Can you get a lot of for a lot less money? Absolutely. You can get a lot of for less money too. you can’t get at any other price, is a bike with the BMW C 600 Sport’s of power, handling, ease-of-use, and features.

It’s a high price, but I argue that it isn’t an price.

Who is this scooter

BMW built the C 600 Sport specifically to the maxi scooter space in of performance and premium features. my two days aboard this I’d say they’ve succeeded. It’s a capable machine and were I in the for a maxi scooter, I’d have taking a Silverwing or even a seriously.

The burning question is who is this bike actually

I’ll be going more on BMW’s strategy for both of the scooters in a coming feature, but for now say this: I think that the BMW C 600 is going to appeal primarily to It’s introducing scooter and ease of operation into the space. It’s creating an premium offering for returning, or new riders — especially new riders who own a BMW automobile.

Yet while BMW does to attract current scooterists in a larger scooter, what’s offered is much closer to the end of the experience spectrum. As a scooterist and a this is fine with me. Yet if the Vespa GTS or Genuine Buddy wanted a motorcycle, wouldn’t already have one?


The two days I spent the BMW C 600 Sport were utterly I was spoiled for comfort, convenience and I could go anywhere, outrun around me and be comfortable doing it. what happens when you a sport motorcycle into a For the time being, BMW has disrupted the scooter market, but major like Aprilia and Honda are on their tail.

Will the BMW C 600 be able to outrun them? see.

Stay tuned for in-depth review in the coming

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