So here’s the thing. Most of the scooters are not very cool. Vespas get a pass, of course. The Honda Ruckus too, because it’s weird and useful. A Lambretta of the type Quadrophenia-Cosplay would have my respect too, but anything else? It’s going to be a tough sell.
Take the BMW C400x, for example. Is there anything particularly wrong or strange about that? No It’s decent and affordable motorized transportation that I’m honestly a fan of. I can’t get over the inherent non-motorcycling skill, however, which is why a concept from a Florida company called NMoto has my stoke level set.
The kit was recently launched and is called the “Golden Age”. As you can see in the pictures, it takes the humble C400x and turns it into a piece of Art Deco brilliance of alternative history. How does it do it Well, the kit hasn’t made its official debut yet, but we suspect it will involve a not insubstantial chunk of the money and a similarly weighty chunk of your time, but the results seem well worth it.
I like the Golden Age fenders and the round headlight sleeve, but I love the narrow pre-war BMW kidney grille on the front. The whole thing is done much better than it should be.
If you’re curious about the C400x this concept is based on, it has a 350cc engine that delivers 34 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque. This energy is passed through a CVT transmission, which is pretty common for a scooter. The thing also has a lot of storage space, a large fuel tank and again a nice, relaxed driving position, because: scooter. After all, BMW charges $ 6,795 for this, which makes it expensive to ride a scooter but is cheap compared to a car or most European motorcycles.
NMoto says the design work is done but is still in the prototype phase and expects the Golden Age to debut sometime in the spring of 2020. That should give me enough time to look for gear that makes me look more like the title character from Disney’s The Rocketeer.
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