All Tests – Kymco MyRoad 700i Test: the assault on GT maxiscooters – Healthy and consistent behavior

Kymco MyRoad 700i test: attacking GT maxiscooters

All Tests - Kymco MyRoad 700i Test: the assault on GT maxiscooters - Healthy and consistent behavior

After four long years of gestation, the Kymco My Road 700 is finally making its appearance on the GT maxi scooter market. Site was able to try it in preview in the vicinity of Nice during its official presentation to the press. Test.

Healthy and consistent behavior

The handling of the My Road 700i does not pose any particular problem. The seat height is reasonable (780 mm), as is its width, refined on the front part dedicated to the driver. Most drivers’ templates will therefore easily take place on board, but the little ones will regret the absence of notches at the level of the running boards to make it easier for them to put both feet on the ground when stationary..

Just lift the machine from its side stand to get an idea of ​​the heavy weight of the whole: with 281 kg dry, or nearly 300 kg all full, the My Road 700 is undoubtedly the heaviest of the maxi current scooters. However, from the first turns of the wheels, it displays neutral and balanced behavior, with a well-located center of gravity and a relatively manoeuvrable and agile front end..

Firmly stationed on its 15 and 14-inch wheels, fitted with Maxxis radial-structure tires, the Kymco scooter effectively demonstrates benevolent stability in line and reacts healthily, without reluctance or excessive liveliness, to the setting on the angle. This was not a priori the case with the Michelin Pilot tire watch unfortunately remained on one of the test models, the profile of which induced too much liveliness when entering a curve..

With the Maxxis no problem of this kind, these tires having also shown satisfactory grip throughout our test on roads with relatively smooth and slippery surfaces. However, we did not have the leisure to test them in the wet.

Chassis side, the My Road 700i does not call for major criticism and has a frame clearly well suited to its generous size. Winding roads negotiated at good speed, large bends in support, constraints on the angle: nothing has really succeeded in disturbing the balance of the whole, except perhaps the significant mass transfer undergone during braking pressed forward when entering a curve. Nothing too bad, but we then perceive the limits of this chassis, more intended for conventional road use than sporting.

The Bosch ABS works perfectly by being completely forgotten, to the point where one wonders if it was triggered during this route alternating between urban areas, small winding mountain roads, country roads and sections of tracks fast !

Well installed, the driver takes full advantage of the protection offered by the windshield and the large front apron. The controls fall naturally to hand and it is possible to choose between a "feet forward" or "feet on the ground" position. On the other hand, the latter highlights the low height separating the running boards from the top of the saddle, inducing a riding position with the knees slightly higher than the pelvis which can prove to be tiring in the long run..

Tall drivers (1.80 m and over) will see their knees flirt with the upper part of the apron in both positions. The seat is decent, but a little firm in use compared to saddles with more consistent padding. Driver and passenger are however well placed with well-positioned footrests and large grab handles for the latter.

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