BMWs new 350cc urban scooter is a lively and stable steed for getting around town. Terry McCarthy stepped through for a whip around Hobart.
One of my beasts went in for a major service, so I was given the choice of any demo bike. There are 9 of them at Hobart BMW Motorrad.
I had never ridden the 400cc BMW scooter so I chose the C400X ion as the weather was a little inclement it ended up being a great choice.
What a great commuter! It was Black storm metallic and typically finished to the usual high standard found with this marque. For $14272.17 ride away in Tasmania it comes with heated seat and grips, LED headlight, keyless ride, daytime riding light and BMW’s superb TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity, 12V power socket and USB charging interface.
The machine is equipped with the now obligatory ABS, twin brake discs up front and a single disc looking after the rear, the bike also has automatic stability control. Whilst it is a little dear for a scooter, remember these machines come with a 5-year warranty which backs them to the hilt.
Weighing in at 206kg fueled and ready to go, with a 775mm seat height I had no problem putting both feet down and I am only 178cm tall with a short inseam. The bike has a low centre of gravity so is easily handled off the side stand and easy to put on the centre stand. The scooter had more than adequate power for its intended roll with 34hp being available from its single-cylinder engine. Surprisingly smooth with an exhaust note that was not embarrassing.
Under the seat is the usual space needed to carry things and there is what is known as a flexcase that provides room for a helmet when the bike is parked.
Power delivery was good with more than adequate performance to deal with any commuter situation whether you are travelling in an urban setting or on 110km/h highways. Roll on throttle performance was refreshingly good.
Handling was pleasant, with the 15” wheels handling potholes and rough road far better than expected. Front suspension was excellent with the rear perhaps a little firm but certainly not uncomfortable. Low-speed handling was very easy with the bike featuring a low centre of gravity.
The TFT screen is state of the art and provides Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect your smartphone and helmet to the bike, for navigation, media and even to make or receive calls.
Put your phone in the right glove box and you will find a USB port to keep it charged.
Seriously worth of consideration particularly if brand and warranty is important in your decision-making process.
Engine: water-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder 350cc developing 34hp and 35Nm
Maximum speed as listed 139km/h
Fuel type 95 RON can be downgraded to 91 RON
15” front 14’ rear wheels
Seat height 775mm
Tank 12.8 L
Unladen road-ready weight 206kg
Republished with permission from Riding On Magazine