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Scooter KYMCO Downtown 300i Maxi Scooter Test

02:50PM Dec 15th, 2010

been testing scooters for a now; I’ve also riding scooters for pleasure for 25 years and I must admit I don’t get excited too often days by new scooters, they all much do what it says on the

They all twist and go, and offer a bit of and weather protection. Some of do things a bit better than or offer good value for while others have a bit of character or style. As much as I riding the latest machines not very often that upset to see them go back at the end of a

Occasionally though I’ll a bit of sadness when they’re to their rightful owners.

The Downtown 300i was one such to fall into that group. It’s the latest to the company’s stable and it’s a competent machine. We should included this one in our quarter-litre test during summer, but it arrive in the country in time, was a shame.

Never mind, at least it us a chance to test it out on its own.

The thing you notice with the is its physical size. It looks a larger capacity maxi and could easily pass as The size helps to give it a presence on the road and earns it a bit of from other road

Having said that the sheer size of it isn’t a and once you start to use it that disappears and it’s certainly no

Most machines in the 250-300cc deliberately overstate their for instance, the Honda PS 300i the scales at 279.1cc, which is higher than the Vespa GTS 300 at 278cc, the SYM GTS 300 Evo is 263.7cc, the Yamaha is 249.78 and the Peugeot Satelis a 244cc. The KYMCO Downtown showing off, but it comes a powerful 299cc fuel engine which puts out a 29.5bhp (measured at the crank) and let me be the to tell you that those few cc’s make all the difference you’re out on the open road.

I like my scooters to look they don’t necessarily to fit a stereotypical image, but they do to be easy on the eye and the Downtown is a good-looking from any angle. It’s built very well and on it looks to be of good quality. All the look and feel strong; fit well, line-up properly and rattle about.

Even the plastics look shiny and which is quite often an that can let some of the less scooters down. Couple with large and powerful halogen headlights, complete LED side lights, an attractive and front screen, digital complete with trip clock and fuel gauge, an tacho and speedo and you’ve got a pretty nice scooter.

Add a seat with riders support and room for two lids it, a very comfortable pillion with grab rail, a glovebox behind the legshields charge point inside) and well on the way to having a useful scooter. If you look closely at the wheel you’ll notice the inner ring which accompanies an ABS system.

It’s not fitted to this yet, but you can bet that it’ll be an before too long. There’s provision for tyre air pressure so expect a premium version of the in 2011.

Kymco Downtown 300i

I briefly touched on the before. It’s a powerful fuel injected 299cc, valve OHC with twin shaft to reduce vibration. On acceleration there’s a momentary and I do mean momentary probably than a second and then the catches up and propels the scoot quite quickly towards its top

Despite the lag, it will beat most other away from the lights, when carrying a pillion (my half loved being on the of the KYMCO). Those extra ccs and torque make a difference in the and help to increase the top end significantly as

Most 250/300cc scooters just about top 80mph in the conditions (that’s a true GPS not indicated) but the KYMCO hit 88mph on the GPS and it much faster than my GTS 300 Super and I’m sure top 90mph in the right conditions. extra bit of power is very when overtaking, during use or for simply powering out of corners.

The is marketed as a sports tourer and got that description bang-on. You can have some fun with machine, or cover a few hundred in total comfort, either on own or two-up. I tend to ride quite hard (it’s of a small capacity syndrome I feel like I’ve got to up for the public’s perception of a scooter slow).

Luckily the Downtown to be ridden hard; you can be as aggressive as you with it and it’ll behave as you want it to. I was throwing it around the like I would a bike; it has good handling characteristics and brakes are superb (the are span adjustable as well).

I only had the scooter for a couple of and during that time get chance to use it for longer trips, was a shame because I’m it would have been nice to ride long on the motorway. The extra bit of power really come in useful on a 200 journey, as would the comfortable and riding position. The only I have is that unless vertically challenged you would to put your feet in the forward

The usual 90 degree bend is adequate though and you can stretch legs a bit if need be. Not to worry, only a minor thing but noting.

My final ride on the was only a 20 mile trip on a autumn afternoon, but included a section of dual carriageway, a town centre and some twisty roads. The Downtown up to its name and can handle stop/start speed traffic with manners and balance, but it’s as willing to have some fun you leave town behind. I every minute of my time on and felt a bit sorry that the would soon be gone the garage; it left an empty usually that space is filled by something else, but not sure what will the Kymco void.

Words photos: Iggy

Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i
Kymco Downtown 300i


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