RideFast November 2019


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Ride impressions.

The C400X handles very well.

The chassis has a 50/50 weight

distribution, and the telescopic

fork and twin rear shocks give a

really comfortable yet firm ride.

Smacking into the odd pothole

doesn’t feel nearly as harsh as

you might expect from a scooter,

and even when we accidentally

launched the scoot over a

lurking speed bump it didn’t get

too out of shape. Loading the

aforementioned youngster on

the back when we fetched him

from school, we did notice that

the rear suspension could be a

bit firmer… it bottomed a bit on

the bumps. The rear shocks are

adjustable, we checked them

out – standard they are on the

softest setting, so if you are

going to carry a pillion, stiffen

up the back a bit. It is a fairly

simple task. In traffic, the C400 X

is great fun, with a tight turning

circle and easy handling.

On open roads, the 400cc mill

pulls well and is great much fun

in twisty bends. There’s a lot of

fun to be had on a twist-and-go

like this. Freeway work is easy,

She’ll sit at 130/135kmh all day

and even at an indicated top end

of 145kph, the engine never felt

stressed and the wind protection

is very good even with the little

windscreen. The scoot also feels

extremely stable. According

to the book, the CX weighs in

at 204kg. It carries its mass

extremely well, without feeling

‘big’ or top heavy.

Sean Says:

It is no secret that I have

always been a huge

protagonist for

smaller cc bikes

and scooters.

Don’t get me

wrong, I really

enjoy the big

powerful stuff;

they separate the men

from the boys, get your

adrenalin pumping

and sort out your

relationship with

whatever deity you

choose to believe in. The

smaller cc bikes, I think,

improve your riding skills

because the power is not

intimidating thus you tend to

push harder, try the corner

faster with more lean angle

and later braking accelerating

out earlier so when you get

onto more powerful stuff

“On open roads, the 400cc mill

pulls well and is great much fun in

twisty bends. There’s a lot of fun to

be had on a twist-and-go like this.”

you are more skilled and

confident. The same is true

for scooters and DCT bikes,

but my passion for scooters

goes way back to the late 70’s

ad early 80’s. My old Man had

a Lambretta 150cc, I was into

the Mod’s and Rockers culture

and these were the bikes of

choice. Always wildly modified

and customized, ridden with

piss pot lids and

generally just a carefree way of

riding. My mates always used

to tease me with the old joke,

“What’s the similarity between

doinking a large lass and riding

a scooter ….. both fun until

your mates catch you!”, let me

tell you, do not underestimate

a large lass in the sack.

Things have changed

however, the best golfer in the

world in not white,

the best rapper in the world is

white and there are more cars

parked outside the local pub

on a Sunday than outside the

church and the likes of Justin

Bieber is considered a super

cool rock star. However, not

everything is messed up in the

world today, scooters are still

cool and that negates a lot of

the other nonsense.

The BMW C400X is that

scoot, it reminds me of all

these ‘Cross’ and ‘X’ cars

like the Polo ‘Cross’, Livina ‘X

Gear’ and Sandero ‘Stepway’,

standard cool little hatch

backs with slightly raised

suspensions, rugged black

fender over riders and

meaty bumper making

them look a bit tougher

and ready for

anything. The

C400X has a

similar aesthetic

with a GS inspired

headlight, windshield

& duck bill front fender,

tougher looking footwells,

big chunky wheels, stepped

seat and black body

over riders below the

pillion grips and rear

carrier. It almost has a bit

of an off road appeal about it,

needlessly encouraging us to

find the odd dirt road short cut

here and there.

Glenn mentioned its comfort

and ergonomics even for my

stretched chassis. I was really

expecting to feel a bit cramped

as I have on one or two the

other maxi scooter I have


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