The direct competitor of the TMAX remakes the look and enriches the electronic package. Now there are maps and ABS cornering, traction control and cruise control, as well as a number of goodies such as an electric windshield and heated grips. The new commands are not very intuitive
The substance does not change: on the AK550 Premium (the standard remains on the market) the engine and chassis remain unchanged. But the dress and the electronics change. The first was curated by the Kymco Europe style center in Bologna, led by Gian Felice Marasco, the second was enriched. Mainly, the A license scooter – it is too powerful for the A2, but there is a “depo” version – receives effective ABS Cornering, traction control and ride-by-wire, which allows the introduction of engine maps and of the cruise control. The rest are details, important as the standard heated grips, the electric windscreen or the new switch blocks, but still details.
As in every high-end Kymco there is the Noodoe system which allows turn-by-turn navigation. The engine is powerful and efficient and it is a pleasure to reach speeds that scooters usually dream of. The electric windshield protects the body and head well in a raised position, even if some turbulence filters and shakes the upper part of the helmet. Leg protection is quite good, but not complete. The smoothness of the transmission and the precision of the throttle go along with the engine very well. The brakes are powerful and extremely modular and the cornering ABS adds safety to a very effective system. The sound, sought after in scooters in this category, is rather “polite” and hardly disturbing for passers-by. The new commands seemed more cumbersome than necessary. Two examples: you cannot change maps on the go. Why? There is a single dedicated key, it’s a single click. The name of the map is missing: only the colors of two graphic signs change: orange for Sport and blue for Rain.