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KYMCO AK 550 (2018-on) Review

Published: 09 April 2018

Kymco have stepped up their game with this latest addition to their range.”

KYMCO AK 550  (2018-on)

Kymco have stepped up their game with this latest addition to their range.”

  • At a glance
  • 550cc  -  53 bhp
  • 53 mpg  -  175 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)
  • New: £8,879

Overall Rating 3 out of 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 4 out of 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 3 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £8,879
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 41 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 53 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Specification
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

History & Versions

Model history

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