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Steve Farrell  says:

BMW maxi scooters delayed

Production of BMW’s two new maxi scooters has been delayed while the firm tries to remedy quality issues. The C650 GT and C600 Sport were due to go on sale this month on the continent and next month in the UK but dealers are still waiting for news on when they will arrive. BMW said: 'In order to ensure the product...

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boybilly1967

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boybilly1967 says:

I like the look of these scooters, very sporty.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

Where are they built? I know the engine and transmission aren't german, but where does the rest of the scooter originate?

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rlf3

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rlf3 says:

Taiwan

The engines are made by Kymco in Taiwan.

Other parts may come from other places...?

The bits are shipped to Germany for final assembly.

A kit of Taiwanese (or wherever) parts bolted together in Germany doesn't really merit a price tag of ten grand imo.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

You're not kidding, but BMW are about selling a badge. Look at the 4x4s they build in the US. The build quality is questionable but they don't come with price tag usually associated with US built cars. Indeed I'll bet most owners think their car was built in Germany.

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STRESSED1

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STRESSED1 says:

BMW SCOOTING OUT.......

I'm not surprised they're delaying the launch.......£9-10000+ for a scooter,no matter how sophisticated and luxurious is absolutely criminal. BMW if i were you i'd show the other manufacturers how its done and take a BIG step forward and launch them at £6,500-7,500 max respective. Maybe then you may sell more and get your money back?

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morristhemog

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morristhemog says:

 

£10,000 for a Kymco scooter. "Just stick one of our BMW badges on it. No-one will know.."

Ridiculous.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

morristhemog

Could it be that BMW thought they could improve the build quality of a Kymco scooter to BMW levels if they just assembled it themselves, but found out too far down the line that it takes more than that? Hence the delay while they figure out how to fix it. Potential buyers better hope they don't fix the problem by throwing money at it because that will only put the price up. It already looks like a cheap copy of the new Honda Integra, but costs 2 grand more. And from what I can gather they are not as technically advanced as the Honda. I for one would prefer Honda build quality over Kymco build quality (BMW involvement notwithstanding) even if the scooters were the same price. WTF were BMW thinking? Or have they only just found out about the price and specs of the Integra.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

They were probably thinking Euro signs

Pay in Yuan, sell it for the same number of Euros / pounds.

Having owned a couple of Chinese branded bikes, I'm sure they'll look lovely when they come out of the crate, not so hot a few winters down the line.  The rubbers and plastics are a particular issue, they perish like vampires in the clean light of day.

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romford4

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romford4 says:

Kymco

Downtown 300i... MCN Best Scooter 2011 Runner Up.  £3999 on the road.  Everything you'd ever need from a scooter at a fraction of the BMW's price.  Why would you?

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Chinese Scooters

My Honda NHX110 Elite (Lead 110 in the UK) is built in Wuyang China, and has no defects or quality issues so far. So it can be done, but requires much involvement to maintain quality control.

As for the BMW scooters, I will wait for the next generation Honda Silver Wing or Suzuki Burgman if I want a maxi-scooter.
 

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