BMW C 400 X

BMW XC400

BMW motorcycle are now given names just numbers and letters. So when I found out about the BMW C 400 X I assumed that that it would be another conventional LAMS/Commuter motorcycle, of course I was wrong. The C400X is a scooter class motorcycle!

In terms looks the C 400X is a look looking futuristic motorcycle and as a scooter it is more than just a city or suburban cruiser or run about. All the mechanicals are hidden under carefully shaped plastic that has clues of BMW’s adventure  motorcycle in the windshield and uneven lights. I think it’s one of the best and more unique looking scooters.

In terms of specifications the C400X has a powerful single cylinder 400cc engine that produces almost as much torque as the traditional LAMS sports styled motorcycles like the Ninja 400 although the BMW is down on power. The C400X is a surprising heavy weight at 200kgs which curbs it’s on road performance. Apart from the engine the instrument panel being introduced on all it’s models is worthy of a mention as it’s basically a small tablet and has connectivity to your smartphone for not only the basics of speed and distance but GPS navigation, tyre pressures, music and phone. Sure these things a basic functionality in cars but this is a first for a motorcycle and indeed a scooter.

Is the BMW C 400X any good? Yes, probably when it is finally released later in 2018 and I can safely say it’s one of the most advanced scooters ever sold. The price for the C 400 X hasn’t been announced yet but logically it will probably be under $10,000AUD since the older 650 version is priced just under $15,000AUD. One can wish for a $7000 price tag which would  be tempting considering the spec. Hmmm Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs BME C 400 X would be interesting as they would be the same price! However not all is good, the only problem with the C 400 X is whether you good on it and based on what I’ve seen, probably not.

KBMW C 400 X Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 350cc
Power/Torque: 25 Kw @7500 RPM 35 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 204 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 12 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 775 mm
Dimensions: L2210 x W835 x H1305
Recommended Retail Price: $TBA (2018)

 

Honda Forza 300 (2018)

Honda Forza 300

OMG! I’m checking out scooter motorcycles! From the fastest motorcycle in the world to some of the slowest in the world oh how I’ve fallen…or have I? This spec and showroom review is purely because I’m looking at these types of motorcycles to see if their worth buying.

This week I’m looking at the Honda Forza 300 for 2018, but there’s an all new model due out later this year. So while I checked out the current model I wouldn’t buy it rather wait for the new one just around the corner.

The Honda Forza 300 design was released world in about 2013 but the styling was clearly 2000’s more than 2013 so it looks old. The design was also resembled the 2000’s Suzuki Skywave which which was more popular and then became the Burgman.

Technically the Forza is a classified as a maxi-scooter since it’s over 250cc and much larger and the most powerful in the Honda scooter range apart form the Silver Wing 600 which is not available in all countries. Despite being 300cc it is still LAMS compatible so worth a look for any rider looking for a commuter or learner motorcycle.

Is the current Honda Forza 300 worth it? The answer is probably not.  The Honda Forza 300 is currently priced at $7500 AUD which is expensive for  the spec and that there are regular motorcycles with more power priced lower.  The only problem with this Forza 300 is that there is a new 2018 model yet to be released. The new model is a underskin and design refresh and it’s quite a change from this model that I would definitely wait for the new one.

Honda Forza 300 (NSS300) Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SHOC  (EFI)
Capacity: 279cc
Power/Torque: 19.5 Kw @ 7000 RPM xx 27.2 Nm @ 5750RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 184 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Approx 3 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 716 mm
Dimensions: L2166 x W755 x H1190
Recommended Retail Price: $7499 (2018)