When it comes to scooters, is bigger really better? Clearly many people and scooter manufacturers seem to think so. Joining the established Honda Silverwing, the Suzuki Burgman 650, newcomer BMW with its C 600 Sport and C 650 GT is KYMCO’s top-of-its-line MyRoad 700i. This new maxi will be arriving in the US in 2014. As I was reading Motorcycle USA’s First Ride report on the new behemoth (this beast weighs in at 608 lbs dry), the phrase “damning with faint praise” kept coming to mind. While lauding the MyRoad’s braking system and responsive throttle, the reviewer was not so crazy about the bike’s heavy, bulky feeling, awkward handling at slow speeds and less than stellar build quality — particularly for the price of $9,699.
Salient details: KYMCO’s big, bold parallel twin includes ABS, a 4 gal. gas tank, a rather tall 30.7 inch seat height and substantial storage. It is BIG in size (nearly 92″ long, almost 33″ wide) and price. Yet for the nearly ten grand the MyRoad will cost you, it will only come in white in America. Summing up, Motorcycle USA declares the MyRoad 700i “a capable tourer but [it] needs additional refinement or a substantial price reduction to be a true contender in the class.”
It’s great to have more choices, but where scooters are concerned, maybe it’s possible to have too much. Too much size, weight and cost, perhaps? Read the full report and let us know your thoughts.