A big bad scooter comes to town | What are the first things that come to your mind when you read the word ‘scooter’?
What are the first things that come to your mind when you read the word ‘scooter’? Light, very easy to maneuver at low speeds, and not meant for roads with a posted speed limit above 80 km/hour. The 2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i does not fit any of these definitions. This ‘King of Scooters’ as I so keenly named it, weighs just over 600 pounds–compared to an average scooter weight of about 245 pounds, this scooter is clearly earmarked for hypermiling those wide open highways, and not urban city centre streets. As the name suggests, the MyRoad intends to give you the impression that every road, is indeed your road for the taking. Going into the week, I had no idea what to expect. Though, after reading reviews of its competitor, the Suzuki Burgman 650, I was eager to see what this large scooter from Taiwan could accomplish.
The MyRoad 700i only comes in the white and black colour scheme. With a futuristic front fascia and a body style with sleek lines, this large scooter still manages to be an eye catcher on the road. The passenger pegs on this scooter fold up into the body work keeping the sleek and smooth look flowing throughout. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the front end, specifically the headlight assembly, somewhat resembled the one used on the Suzuki GSX-R series of sport bikes. Integrated LED brake lights and turn signals added to the premium look of this scooter, and with a very premium price tag of $10,295.00 I was definitely hoping for a premium ride experience to go along with it.
My only performance related gripe with this scooter is the tanker-like weight to it, which is immediately felt as soon as you stand the scooter up. Once that mighty feat is completed you are greeted with a 2 pod analog instrument cluster and a center mounted LCD display, and an ignition switch that looked like it was inscribed with hieroglyphics. I felt as though a simple ON, OFF, LOCK, and Fuel Door positions would have made the starting procedure much smoother, instead of having to randomly turn the key until the needles swept across the gauges, signifying that you were ready to hit the electric start button. Grabbing onto the handlebars you are met with adjustable brake levers and switches that are in the perfect position for your thumb to operate. Some of the plastic does feel a little below standard, but nothing I encountered felt overly cheap or poorly executed.
The comfortable seat dips down to 30.7 inches for the driver and then gets higher for the passenger, which can be really appreciated for such a large bike. This being my first ever ride with an automatic CVT transmission, I had to get used to the fact that my clutch lever has now become the lever to control the rear brake. Power was fed from a liquid cooled, fuel-injected 700 cc 4 stroke parallel twin with 59 horsepower it was a breeze keeping up with highway traffic above 100 km/hour. When it came time to pass other vehicles, a slight twist of the throttle was all that was needed. Over the week with the MyRoad 700i I observed 5.1 L/100km which is not bad for a scooter this size. That gives the 15 litre tank running on a required octane of 91 or better a possible range of around 300 kilometres.
Cruising with the MyRoad 700i is obviously its strong point. Telescopic forks in the front and dual adjustable shocks in the rear paired with the Electronic dampening system with settings of hard, medium and soft made riding on any type of road surface a pleasant experience. The 150/70-14 rear tire and 120/70-15 front provided lots of grip and provided me with a lot of confidence when riding in the rain. Further adding to my confidence was the Anti-Lock Braking system that was onboard this scooter. The front dual 280mm vented dual piston calliper brakes and the single 240mm vented disk rear brake was able to bring me to a quick stop. Even with the rain the ABS did its job and brought the massive scooter to a halt in a straight line without any excess drama. The only windshield that comes with this scooter is plenty big, yet I still had more wind turbulence than I would have liked or expected, Kymco should really look into adding some options for windscreens.
Storage on the MyRoad 700i was also a strongpoint. The scooter has a deep storage bin below the handlebars and enough storage underneath the seat to fit two full-face helmets. Furthermore the scooter has a 12v power outlet so I was able to charge my electronic devices while riding.
Unfortunately like I had mentioned earlier if it wasn’t for the massive weight of this scooter I could see myself using it on a daily basis. However I would be really surprised for someone of my stature, 6 foot 1 and 220 pounds was be able to use this massive scooter as a daily commuter into city centres. The MyRoad 700i’s center LCD could be designed better as I found using the trip meter was a hassle having to hold down the button for over 5 seconds just to see what my Trip A or trip B was. Also the asking price is a bit much. For about the same amount of money I would rather pick up a 2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 or a 2014 Triumph Street Triple. This scooter may not fit my current lifestyle, but I could imagine that those that need a motorcycle for long trips with plenty of storage space, power, a comfortable riding position, and no ‘hassle’ of shifting gears manually, the Kymco MyRoad 700i would be a perfect companion.
2014 Kymco MyRoad700i Gallery