EPA Certifies 2019 BMW C400X and Unannounced C400GT Scooter
Last fall at EICMA, BMW announced its first middleweight scooter, the C400X. But, following a trend in recent years set by the G310R, G310GS, F750GS and F850GS models, we’ve had to wait longer than we would like before seeing the C400X land in North America.
The wait seems to be coming to an end, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the C400X for 2019. And it looks like it won’t be alone, as it was certified along with a yet-to-be-announced C400GT model.
According to the certification documentation, both scooters share the same 350cc liquid-cooled four-valve single overhead cam single-cylinder engine. BMW claims an output of 34 hp at 7500 rpm and 26 lb-ft. at 6000 rpm. Like the C400X, the C400GT will be produced in China.
The EPA document doesn’t provide any detail about how the C400GT will look or how it may differ from the C400X. From its name, we can assume a more conventional maxi-scooter style along the lines of the C650GT rather than the more robotic-looking C400X. As a “GT” model, we can also expect a taller windscreen and more comfortable seating for both the rider and a passenger (the fold-out passenger pegs visible above will likely be replaced by full foot boards.)
The C400X is equipped with a 35mm telescopic fork with twin preload-adjustable rear shocks. The GT version will likely have similar suspension. The brakes will likely be similar as well, which would mean twin 265mm discs with Bybre four-piston radial-mount calipers up front and a single 265mm disc with a single-piston caliper on the rear wheel.
ABS is, of course, standard on all BMW models, and we expect the C400GT will use the same Continental MK 100 MAB two-channel ABS unit as the C400X. Likewise, expect the C400GT to also use the same Automatic Stability Control system.
The 2019 BMW C400GT will likely debut at one of the fall’s big motorcycle shows, either Intermot in October or EICMA in November. We’ll have the latest information here on Motorcycle.com as it becomes available.
IMHO, 300-400 is the ideal size for an all-purpose scoot. I bleve maxis are done, or soon will be. I've got a Silverwing, which I really like (power, ride, comfort and room), but it's a little bulky, 'specially since I've reached ol' phardt status. This new Bimmer, along with the Piaggio 350, Burg 400, Vespa GTS (if I really wanted to blow my allowance) or maybe even a Kymco 400, would be on the list....how 'bout a comparo?....Gabe?
Is this made in China as the article states or by Kymco in Taiwan? I thought the C650's are made mostly by Kymco. Don't know the C400 would be any different.