KYMCO AK 550 (2018 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
Power: 53 bhp
Seat height: Medium (30.9 in / 785 mm)
Weight: Medium (498 lbs / 226 kg)

Prices

New £8,879
Used £5,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Kymco have stepped up their game with this latest addition to their range. The AK550 is made to a high spec and top quality parts used. There’s been a lot of effort to match the class leading Yamaha TMAX but with the marque not as well known in the UK and the dealer network as large as Yamaha’s, possibly the price difference could do with being a little larger. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s spacious and comfortable, with ample room for my 5’10” frame and at 785mm the plush seat is low and inspires confidence, as feet easily drop to the floor when stopping. The narrow, angular, front fairing make it easy to negotiate city traffic, while it offers sufficient protection from the elements as speed increases. The long wheelbase and 15-inch wheels mean it’s stable at speed, while still being maneuverable in traffic.

There’s Metzeler Feel Free tyres and the Brembo four-pot radial front calipers are usually the preserve of exotic Italian machines, not a humble maxi-scooter.

Rider comfort’s been considered, both the screen and the plush seat’s lumber support are manually adjustable. The screen, in particular, is fiddly to alter and once in place you’d be best to leave well alone. The heated grips, with their three heat settings, actually keep hands warm, which make winter rides more comfortable.

It weighs in at a hefty 226kg dry, you can add around 20kg for fuel and liquids, so it’s a heavy beast when pushing it around the garage. The weight disappears once on the move.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

For changing weather conditions there are two riding modes. Flick to rain mode and it’s a more subdued ride with initial throttle response reduced, traction control’s at it most responsive and there’s a noticeable lag as the 53bhp twin comes to life. Dry mode is the ‘go to’ mode, with full throttle available it’s more fun to ride. Once on the open road, the AK550 is swift to get to motorway speeds and like other maxi-scoots has enough left to nip through traffic.  

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Taiwanese manufacturer, Kymco, have been building scoots for over half a century. There are few reported issues with other models in their range and we’d expect the high specced AK550 to be no different.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

It is a little over priced but to justify the price tag Kymco has used quality parts and there’s extras, such as heated-grips, fitted as standard. 

Service intervals are the same as others in this maxi-scooter class, 3000 miles for an intermediate service and 6000 miles for a full service.

Fuel economy is lower than expected, during our test we averaged 53mpg, which gives a 175 mile range. 

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Fitted with Kymco’s unique ‘Noodoe’ technology, the AK550’s LCD dash can be connected, via bluetooth, to your smartphone. It is simple and easy to use. Personalise the dash with your own clock designs and when you turn the scoot on you’ll be greeted with your choice of photo. You can receive text and social media messages, park up and you can keep tabs on your machine’s last location.

Heated grips come fitted as standard, along with adjustable screen and lumber support.

Specs

Engine size 550cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled in line twin, DOHC, 8 valves
Frame type Lightweight aluminium
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 226kg
Front suspension 1mm USD telescopic forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension Adjustable single rear shock
Front brake 270mm twin discs, four-piston radial Brembo calipers
Rear brake 260mm single disc, twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15
Rear tyre size 60/60 x 15

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Annual road tax £73
Annual service cost £250
New price £8,879
Used price £5,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 175 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

New model.

Owners' reviews for the KYMCO AK 550 (2018 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their KYMCO AK 550 (2018 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KYMCO AK 550 (2018 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
4 out of 5 Kymco AK550 2 year review
01 November 2021 by Andrew Aibangbee

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

Overall this is a great bike, lovely to ride, lots of immediate power and chock full of helpful gadgetry. Comfort levels are excellent, fuel economy is very good and the brakes are awesome! Only downside is the lack of dealer support.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brilliant to ride in town or on the motorway. Surprisingly agile when filtering. The design of the mirrors really help with this. The bike is actually easier to maneuver through traffic than my Vespa GTS which is a much smaller vehicle. Great with or without a pillion and can hold a fair amount of luggage too

Engine 5 out of 5

Excellent engine, very fast off the line, lovely throaty rumble when accelerating

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

All the panels fit well together, bike feels lovely even after 2 years as a daily commuter.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Servicing comes to about £250, Would love to have a few more Kymco garages closer to home. This is probably the worst thing about the bike lack of a decent dealer network

Equipment 5 out of 5

The heated grips are excellent, too hot to use with ungloved hands! The Noodoe system is a gamechanger! Integrated satnav, bike location and dashboard customisation are things I'd never needed but now really enjoy using.

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