AIMExpo scootery haps
While there’s an auto show happening in Seattle, there’s also a motorcycle show happening in Orlando, Fla.: The second annual AIMExpo is looking to become America’s EICMA, a show not just for the public, but for the media and the powersports business. While scooters were not a big part of the show, there were some interesting introductions.
Yamaha announced the U.S. debut of its SMAX scooter Thursday. Yamaha sees Honda’s PCX 150 as the SMAX’s main rival.
Power comes from a liquid-cooled 155cc 4-stroke single with electronic fuel injection and a 4-valve cylinder head. There are big hydraulic disc brakes on both ends; wheels are 13-inchers. Yamaha claims a wet weight of 328 lbs., 81-mpg fuel economy and underseat storage big enough to hold a full-face helmet. Really. If you don’t believe me, watch the video! 🙂 (Please ignore the reference to the 8½-gallon gas tank… the gas tank is actually 2 gallons (7.6 liters))
The SMAX will be arriving at dealers any day now. MSRP is $3,690, color choices are dark blue (duh, it’s a Yamaha) and matte gray.
Thursday also saw Kymco introduce its Super 8 50X and 150X. Rocking camo body panels and a naked headset, the new Super 8s look ready for the Zombie Apocalypse (or the Ebola pandemic). You’ll notice the scoot in the picture has the previous Super 8 50’s hinged buddy seat/backrest; no word on whether that feature will be on the 150X as well.
The year 2014 marks Kymco’s 50th anniversary in the U.S. market; to commemorate that milestone, Kymco offers a 50th Anniversary Edition of its Like 200i retro-styled scooter, which comes in a unique color and features special badging.
There’s no word on when either of these new Kymcos will be available at dealers.