The BMW c400X is the Motorrad’s first attempt at a segment that has for years been dominated by the Chinese. Nearly every option in the scooter segment is mass-produced in China, all with the same parts and mechanics, and the only thing separating them being the badge affixed to the fender. Great of BMW to join the party and offer something different in an otherwise stale corner of the two-wheeled space.
BMW Motorrad didn't skimp on any niceties just because they were building a scooter. The c400x is as premium as its nameplate suggests. The features on this scooter include BMW’s signature LED daytime running light, a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen with amazing graphics and features, and last but not least a heated seat as well as the all-important grips.
This is the one scooter which accommodates the needs of tall people with its gracious legroom, add to that the fact that it looks good. Unlike the conventional scooter which leans more towards the feminine side in design, the C400x breaks the mould and strives for masculine with its hard lines and edged design.
The engine lacks refinement, you can hear it eagerly thumping away from the word go, and it's not a great soundtrack. No matter how hard you try to ignore it the drumming sound is relentless in getting your attention and it doesn’t fit in with what the rest of the motorcycle is, which is a premium piece of machinery from a renowned German manufacturer.
It’s quite refreshing to come across an offering that comes comprehensive with all the bells and whistles as opposed to a lengthy options list which adds a considerable amount to the original asking price. For R138 200 this scooter comes fully specced, with more goodies than many bikes in other more attractive segments. The fact that is looks different and can easily exceed the 120 km/h mark if required makes it all the more attractive as a package.
Price: R138 200