The concept of an journey scooter could appear unusual, as “scooter” and “journey” aren’t precisely two phrases you’d use in a sentence. That stated, the once-niche sub-segment of scooters has form of made its approach to the mainstream. It began with the Honda X-ADV, and shortly thereafter, different producers have tried their hand at a go-anywhere scooter, the most recent of which comes from Peugeot within the type of the XP400.
When you transfer over to the Asian market, you may discover that there are much more adventure-style scooters. These are, nonetheless, much less for exploring backcountry roads and trails, and extra for conquering pothole-laden streets and closely congested city roads. Take, for instance, the KPV150 Professional from Chinese language motorbike producer Lifan.
The KPV150 Professional has been round for fairly a while now. The truth is, we have talked about it earlier than. For the 2023 model-year, nonetheless, the small-capacity journey scooter has been given fairly an attention-grabbing slew of updates. As an example, the bodywork has been redesigned, and the headlight seems prefer it’s been taken straight off a BMW R 1250 GS. The scooter’s bodywork is far more adventurous, too, because it will get an angular facet fairing and a sharp tail part. There’s additionally a silver panel on the base of the scooter giving it a fake stomach pan.
On the tech facet of issues, the KPV150 Professional seems prefer it has the bottom clearance to sort out extra than simply pothole-laden metropolis streets. The inverted entrance forks supply way more journey than normal scooters, and the dual-purpose tires appear like they’re simply ready to be ridden off-road. On the efficiency entrance, in the meantime, the scooter has additionally been fitted with a greater engine. The up to date 150cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine has been upgraded with dual-overhead cams, and pumps out a fairly wholesome 16 horsepower and 9.8 pound-feet of torque.
Apparently, the Lifan KPV150 Professional can also be out there within the Malaysian market because the WMoto Xtreme 150i. In Malaysia, the adventurous scooter carries a retail worth of RM 9,588, which interprets to roughly $2,168 USD. For reference, within the U.S. market, the Honda ADV150, a scooter with comparable traits because the Lifan KPV150/ WMoto Xtreme 150i, retails for $4,349 USD – almost double the worth of the Chinese language-made machine.