2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i Review

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

The largest-displacement scooter in America

The MyRoad 700i represents a milestone for Kymco. Its 699.5cc parallel-Twin engine is larger than anything the Taiwanese company has ever mounted in a two-wheeler, 200cc bigger than the Xciting 500i. The MyRoad also boasts three-way electronically adjustable suspension, radial-mount brakes and passenger footpegs that flip out to deploy in James Bond style. Hop aboard, Ms. Moneypenny.

2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i

Editor Score: 73.5%
Engine 16.5/20
Suspension/Handling 8/15
Transmission/Clutch 8/10
Brakes 9.5/10
Ergonomics/Comfort 5/10
Appearance/Quality 9/10
Desirability 7.5/10
Value 7/10
Overall Score73.5/100

The MyRoad faces stiff competition swimming in the deep end with market leaders such as Suzuki’s Burgman and BMW’s C650 – both of which represent the crème de la crème of big-bore scooter style and performance. But with 14 models of varying engine displacements (50, 110, 125, 150, 200, 300 and 500cc), Kymco’s no stranger to scootering.

Pile on Kymco’s 13 ATV and 11 side-by-side models (eight of which own 700cc engines) and it becomes obvious that Kymco’s not afraid of taking the fight to its more established rivals. This begs the question of when will Kymco produce and export to the U.S. a proper motorcycle? Proper being the operative word, which discludes the Quannon 150 imported here a few years ago.

For now, though, Kymco’s confining its U.S.-bound two-wheelers to those of the scooter variety, the new MyRoad 700i being the flagship scoot. Our job: To determine if the MyRoad sinks or swims.

Unlike its contemporaries, the windscreen does not adjust electronically nor manually, but it, in combination with the fairing, supplies more than adequate protection without any excessive wind buffeting. The MyRoad is a good looking scooter except for those cartoonish mirrors, and available in any color you want as long as it’s white.

Initial impressions of the MyRoad are of it being an attractive scoot with a distinctively modern visage from its trio of headlights up front to its sleek bodywork ending with an integrated taillight/blinker assembly. There’s 50 liters of underseat storage capacity (enough to fit two full-face helmets) and a luggage rack rated with a carrying weight of 11 pounds. So far, so good.

COMPARISON: 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Review

The first thing anyone sitting on the MyRoad will notice is the compactness of the rider triangle and generous width of the seat. The seat’s backrest doesn’t allow enough rearward movement, making you feel as though you’re tyrannosaurus-rexing the handlebars. There’s also insufficient legroom for taller riders. Both front and rear brake levers are adjustable, but we had them at the closest setting leaving the remaining three settings for people with giganto hand syndrome.

All the information’s there, even the unnecessary tachometer, but a simple task like resetting the trip meter requires pushing two buttons simultaneously. Yes, we’re nitpicking, but only because it took us a while to figure out what should be a no-brainer. In the age of Apple, we expect intuitive design.

Gauge cluster arrangement includes an analog speedo and tach separated by a small digital display – informative but nothing fancy. The ignition switch is multi-functional, as it opens the fuel lid and unlocks the seat, but the operation is somewhat complicated. On the left side of the dash is a small, unlockable storage compartment, while above the rider’s right foot resides the parking brake that requires an exceptionally hefty tug to release.

The two most annoying aspects of the cockpit are the fugly, misshapen mirrors and a blinker module that emits a click-clack audible two turns into the future.

The lever the hand model has his finger on deploys the passenger footpegs. Like adjusting the trip meter, the ignition switch is more overly complicated than it should be when it comes to unlocking the seat or opening the gas cap.

The fuel-injected, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-Twin fires easily and settles in to an audible, vibey idle. “The engine’s a little sluggish off the line and annoyingly buzzy at freeway speeds,” says Associate Editor, Evans Brasfield. To which Scooter Boy Editor, Troy Siahaan adds, “I expected more power from the 700, it feels like it lags a bit finding the right transmission ratio, say, when trying to overtake another vehicle.”

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In the handling department the 633-pound (wet) MyRoad skillfully masks its girth and displays commendable chassis stability – especially notable considering its scootering tires sizes of 15 and 14 inches, front and rear, respectively. The MyRoad’s greatest handling compromise is the unsorted damping of its suspension and ill-functioning electronic damping adjustments.

Despite the disappointing performance of the MyRoad’s suspension components, it remains a good handling scooter. The only thing restricting its cornering ability is limited clearance by way of centerstand and exhaust can.

“I was looking forward to experiencing the joys of electronically adjustable suspension on the Kymco but was mostly frustrated with it,” says Chief Scooterist, Kevin Duke. “It was surprisingly harsh on its softest setting, so there was no reason to adjust it firmer. After reducing rear shock preload to the lowest setting, overall suspension compliance improved. However, the front end still displays a harshness I’d blame on excess high-speed compression damping.”

+ Highs

  • Surprisingly sharp handling
  • ABS and radial-mount brakes with steel braided lines
  • Weather protection

– Sighs

  • Suspension damping needs better calibration
  • Electronic suspension adjustments are ineffective
  • Compact rider triangle

The MyRoad’s braking system has unusually high specifications for a scooter. It boasts dual four-piston radial-mount front calipers and a two-piston rear caliper, both with steel braided brake lines and featuring standard ABS. Braking power, while not mind blowing, is ample for a 600+ pound scooter, with a firm lever but a soft bite. Toothier brake pads could prove to be a performance gain considering the high-end components.

Under-seat storage fits two full-face helmets, but only just. A nice touch is the trunk light and power outlet.

Carrying a retail price of $9699 keeps the MyRoad at the lower end of competing MSRPs (Honda Silverwing $9270, BMW C650GT, $9990, Suzuki Burgman $10,999) but is it enough to sway a scooter shopper away from the better-known name-brands? We’re in the process of determining where the MyRoad stacks up against these other scoots and will soon be bringing you the results.

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Until then, Duke best sums up Kymco’s 700i saying, “The MyRoad is a solid effort in this segment, but it’s relatively unrefined next to its challengers. Another six months of R&D – improving mirrors, turnsignal-indicator noise and engine vibration – would’ve been time well spent.”

Kymco MyRoad 700i Specifications

Engine TypeDOHC 4-Stroke Parallel-Twin 8-Valve
Engine Capacity699.5 cc
Fuel SystemEFI
HorsepowerClaimed: 59 hp @ 7250 rpm
TorqueClaimed: 46 ft-lbs @ 5500 rpm
TransmissionCVT Automatic
Front Suspension41mm telescopic fork with S, M, H Electronic Damping
Rear SuspensionTwin shocks with with S, M, H Electronic Damping
Front Brakes Four-piston radial-mount calipers, 280mm discs with ABS
Rear Brakes Two-piston caliper, 240mm disc with ABS
Front Tire120/70R15
Rear Tire160/60R14
Seat Height30.7 inches
Curb Weight633 lbs (approximate)
Wheelbase63.6 inches
Fuel Capacity4.0 gal
WarrantyTwo years
Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous on Feb 08, 2018

    Do you suppose there are a lot of soccer fans that just buy this stuff for the bragging rights?

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Feb 08, 2018

    First off I'll say that I'm a devotee of Italian bikes due to the superior workmanship and quality. I don't trust my neck to anything else. Now with politics in the picture and everything changing there isn't much in the US market in this class. It might be good enough, but the price? Forget about it!