KYMCO is from Taiwan, and they’re not to be taken lightly. Pffft..I hear you say. But before that, you need to go out check out their cool AK550 maxi-scooter that they paraded in Intermot 2016. Anyway, the K Rider 400 is their latest creation, and apart from the funny name, it looks promising. Partly because it is based on the Kawasaki ER4n’s flesh and bones, and partly because its new skin is even more attractive than the slightly staid looking Japanese power commuter/ street fighter.
Because its based on the ER4n, the K Rider 400 is powered with a smooth Japanese heart – a 399 cc, parallel twin, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine rated at 42 [email protected] rpm and 37 [email protected] rpm. Other bits like the frame, exhaust system and the swing-arm are shared with the ER4n as well, albeit with slight modifications, but the suspension and brakes are KYMCO specific. In place of the ER4n’s telescopic front forks, the K Rider 400 employs a couple of sexy, 41 mm, gold hued USDs, while the brakes on the Taiwanese street fighter look like they’re bigger than those on its Japanese counterpart.
As for the styling, its pretty radical, given that the ER4n chooses to look understated. The front end is drawn to a close with a couple of sharp headlamps mating, while the sides feature slivers of aggressive bodywork. The rear end gets a dual toned, compact LED tail lamp, and the tail section looks neat. The K Rider 400 weighs 210 kg (wet), which is just 7 kg more than what the ER4n does, while the dimensions of both models remain pretty much the same. The KYMCO K Rider 400 will launch in the Taiwanese market first, and soon after in various countries. The price is yet to be announced, but we’re guessing its going to undercut the ER4n’s price by a small amount.