The oddball cousin of the adventure bike segment seems to have a new contender, with Kymco Australia announcing the arrival of the DT X360 adventure crossover scooter.
While Kymco distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Mojo Motorcycles, is yet to confirm whether the DT X360 will be heading our way, its arrival in Australia (priced at 8,790 + orc) seems to give weight to the adventure offshoot that it hasn’t previously enjoyed.
Based on Kymco’s Downtown 350i platform, the DT X360 gives the step-through far more potential for adventure thanks to dual-purpose tyres and a rejig of the Downtown chassis.
This includes a wider handlebar to assist in maximising leverage, and a higher seating position of 800mm to maximise rider visibility.
Compared to the Downtown 350i, the DT X360 also has a shorter wheelbase and isn't as high or long.
While it sure won’t be tackling any seriously gnarly terrain, limited by its 14-inch wheels and the quirks of step-through scooter ergonomics (you won't be standing up attacking a dirt track), it is a well-sorted travel-ready scoot that also doubles as a nifty commuter.
Peak power from the 321cc single-cylinder is claimed at 28.4hp and is backed by 30Nm of torque, while Kymco claims a range of “about 300km between fuel stops” which is in part thanks to the choice of a traditional CVT transmission to get power to the ground.
Other highlights include traction control, keyless ignition, all-LED lighting, a full-colour LCD digital screen and two USB ports. Underseat storage is roomy with enough space to accommodate at least two helmets.
"There's been plenty of interest around the DT X360, and for good reason with its wider remit than your normal scooter," said Michael Poynton, the director of Kymco Australia.
"And with all that outstanding Downtown DNA, the foundations for an excellent scooter are already there – but this time with the ability to take on a wider variety of terrain.
"Kymco's engineering prowess is exceptional – and recently endorsed by Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle arm choosing the Taiwanese manufacturer as a strategic partner – and the DT X360 is yet another shining example of its ingenuity."
KYMCO DT X360 Specs
Type: Liquid-cooled, four-valve, SOHC single-cylinder
Bore x stroke: 75.3mm x 72mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Power: 28.4hp (21.2kW) at 7250rpm
Torque: 30Nm at 5750rpm
Type: Continuously Variable Transmission
CHASSIS & RUNNING GEAR
Frame: Steel tube
Front suspension: 37mm fork, 110mm travel
Rear suspension: Twin shocks with preload adjustment, 108mm travel
Front brakes: 260mm discs with three-piston floating calipers, Bosch ABS
Rear brake: 240mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper, Bosch ABS
WHEELS & TYRES
Wheels: 14-inch (f), 13-inch (r)
Tyres: 120/80-14 (f), 150/70-13 (r)
DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES
Seat height: 800mm
Fuel capacity: 12.5 litres