Has Honda’s oddball X-ADV adventure-tourer-scooter crossover started a new class of bike?
Strange as it seems, that might be the case as Kymco has revealed images of a concept that goes down the same route.
The Taiwanese brand last week revealed an image of the C Series concept at the
AK 550 super-scooter launch at the Motegi circuit in Japan.
It is based on AK 550 but gains a new look with the typical adventure bike ‘beak’ at the front, a tall screen and jacked-up suspension.
It’s likely the actual concept bike will appear at shows later this year, with a production version expected to follow about 12 months later.
From a technical perspective, the bike appears to be based directly on the AK 550. That means it will use a 39.3kW, 550cc parallel-twin driving through a continuously variable transmission.
Kymco also announced that it will reveal a revolutionary electric bike next March, currently dubbed ‘Project New Electric eXperience’.
By Ben Purvis