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Kymco Downtown 300i

First Ride: Kymco 300i review — 300i Page 2

It’s to say that me and the Downtown 300i get off to a good start. In fact, I got to the lockup and wondered just how few I could get away with in to write a review.

Sometimes I get with bikes, I think this is the one that’s going to back?’ But come on, it’s a scooter. Alright it’s a big but a scooter none the less. It not defeat me..

Turns that sensor is a speed not ABS. There won’t be any ABS in the UK, no matter what a certain Mr Ash (of The Telegraph . don’t you know?) you..

A couple of hours the Downtown and I are going down (and slightly across) as I from N1 to SW3. The commute to and work through London separates bikes that are to tell apart, for example, sportsbikes; they might all be on a country road but show the city and some end up hot and bothered, reveal their lack of or lust for revs. Some some times.

For scooters, the commute to work is the be all and end If they can’t cut it here, it. For the first mile or so, it feels the Achilles’ heel of the Downtown is its width to be precise.

It feels but in actual fact, it’s not too No wider than your … bike. The lower does a good job of covering legs but gives the impression as wide as a tourer.

I slide through the gaps between as I recalibrate just how much I can get with on this super-size However, the bars are your and stick out far more than the — so no different to anything then.

Off the line, the Downtown has a laughable of grunt. And by laughable, I mean be giggling to yourself as you fizz at the front, leaving behind you a of revs and the stench of slipping (probably). It is geared (if you can call it so well for town. It racks up 30 from the get-go and will through 60 with ease and out at 90. Plenty fast enough for

On a long run of lights through I came up against an SV650, who a fist full of revs and a of clutch could only pip the Downtown to 40. All I had to do was wind open the Easy.

Fuel consumption is good It drinks from its 12.5 tank, like a budgie water from its bottle. reckon you can get 200 miles from a and I don’t disagree. 60+ mpg? Yes

It’s not all smiles on the Downtown, you Despite a cavernous underseat area, its weird layout it’s actually quite to fit a lot of things in. It’s moulded to a to fit two full-face helmets but I couldn’t get the closed with two in there.

yes, but two, no.

FAIL, as the would say.

However, fit my weekly shop in; 21 packets of noodles and eight Mars I just had to unpack half of it the shopping bag and space it nicely the moulding for it to fit. I have yet to a scooter that stores two lids, so it’s not like the is lagging behind but it would be to lift the seat of a scooter and be able to chuck everything in, you can with a car.

Is that too much to ask?

The loves pillions. It was noticeably lethargic off the line two-up but you can’t expect miracles 30 horsepower. Once you get going, peppy enough and retains its characteristics; plenty of roll-on enough to shift in and out of gaps leaving a trace of fairing on front wing..

My pillion it was the most comfortable bike been on. She’s only on three others. But the Downtown has a pillion seat and I can believe sofa-like comfy back And instead of footpegs it’s got little platforms that your pillion to get sure

Nothing more annoying a pillion swaying around a fishing boat, while trying to thread your way increasingly smaller gaps. pillion friendly, without a

The Kymco has the build quality to the established opposition. It’s a bit plastic overload but it offers headlights, a 12v charging socket, a dash and a tyre pressure all for £3999.

After a month of and almost 500 miles, there’s one thing I’d want to on the Downtown 300i and that’s the brake. No, I’m not suggesting it ABS — although that be a nice option — it needs more bite and power. The trouble is, the Downtown up 60mph in just a few seconds but the 260mm disc and twin-pot struggle to scrub that

Two-up the Downtown weighs than a sportsbike ridden yet the sportsbike will have 320mm discs, chunky and more capable tyres. The is under-endowed.

If your commute is around 50 a day and involves town, motorway and a bit of whatever else is thrown at then you’d be hard to want for more. Just go asking too much from the

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