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Title: AK550 to the US!
Post by: minimac on September 25, 2020, 03:04:15 PM
I got a notification that the 550 will be landing in Florida @ Solano Cycle very soon. It has been on my 'short list' for a long time. Figures, I just about have my Silverwing where I want it to be   :hs1:


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: sonuvabug on September 25, 2020, 04:30:19 PM
I got a notification that the 550 will be landing in Florida @ Solano Cycle very soon. It has been on my 'short list' for a long time. Figures, I just about have my Silverwing where I want it to be   :hs1:

I thought the rule was you are allowed to have 2 bikes PER location.  You're all set with NY and FL.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on September 25, 2020, 04:46:02 PM
I got a notification that the 550 will be landing in Florida @ Solano Cycle very soon. It has been on my 'short list' for a long time. Figures, I just about have my Silverwing where I want it to be   :hs1:

I find that the AK550 has some seriously good mechanics, suspension, breaking, etc but....

The seat is the worse I've ever owned!! If I'm going more than down the street to collect the shopping I use either gel gel pad or an AirHawk or I'll never get to sit comfortable again.

Then, there's the lack of lower body protection. Totally missing. I've tried some add-on wind deflectors but the direct sunlight pretty well cooked them off.

Then there's parts... I don't know if it's the dealer I bought it from, the local importer, or Kymco but 3 times I've needed or wanted parts and it took almost 2 months the first 2 times and I'm still waiting after almost 3 this time. So, find out, if you can, what kind of supply line they've got. If you lose one of the key-fobs you're looking at a 4 digit replacement.

I'm actually looking forward to the Forza 750 that supposed to be coming soon.

Any questions?


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: redeye on September 26, 2020, 12:32:05 AM
Nice to see the AK550 available in the US. Hopefully other larger displacement scooters will follow.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: ozark on September 28, 2020, 03:41:41 PM
I had to look it up.   http://kymco.com.ph/products-list/ak550/ (http://kymco.com.ph/products-list/ak550/)


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: klaviator on September 28, 2020, 05:16:34 PM
Is this real or just a rumor?  I haven't seen this anywhere else.  I find it hard to believe that Kymco would try to sell the AK550 here given how badly other maxi scooters like the Tmax have sold here.  The only way this thing will sell here is if its significantly less than the Tmax was.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on September 28, 2020, 07:27:29 PM
Is this real or just a rumor?  I haven't seen this anywhere else.  I find it hard to believe that Kymco would try to sell the AK550 here given how badly other maxi scooters like the Tmax have sold here.  The only way this thing will sell here is if its significantly less than the Tmax was.

Over here the prices were almost the same. You, maybe, could have had a Happy Meal at McD's with the difference.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Maggie on September 29, 2020, 03:07:59 PM
That's great news!


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: minimac on September 29, 2020, 04:30:19 PM
The notice I received mentioned $8995. IIRC, the TMax was over $12,000.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on September 29, 2020, 04:51:46 PM
The notice I received mentioned $8995. IIRC, the TMax was over $12,000.

I starting to feel ripped off!


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: klaviator on October 04, 2020, 11:29:21 AM
I guess this is for real.  Its on Kymco USA's website now:  https://kymcousa.com/2021-scooters/2021-ak-550/# (https://kymcousa.com/2021-scooters/2021-ak-550/#)


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Clampett on October 04, 2020, 07:23:11 PM
What is the service interval for oil & belt replacement?

Edit: another question,
the photo shows the integrated turn signals. Did they get a waiver for those? DOT has disapproved them previously.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on October 04, 2020, 07:37:50 PM
What is the service interval for oil & belt replacement?

And I can assure you that you'll NOT be changing the oil filter unless you have a lift. A serious amount of tupperware has to come off just to get at it.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: redeye on October 05, 2020, 03:27:15 AM
...another question,
the photo shows the integrated turn signals. Did they get a waiver for those? DOT has disapproved them previously.

Will be interesting to see how Kymco sets this model up for export to USA. The dimensions I recall are 9" separation between the rear turn signals, and 16" for the front.

My 2009 TMax has a wrap around rear light setup, not sure whether it should be called 'integrated' though, but the turn signal bulbs have sufficient separation. Don't know the current rear turn signal separation on the AK550.

Yamaha added horizontal stalks up front to provide sufficient separation on the TMax, although some owners remove them and install turn signals intended for non-US markets. Kymco may have to do something similar if the AK550 has less than 16" separation.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on October 05, 2020, 04:59:48 PM
The front turn signals, center to center measure @40cm & 50cm outside  (15.7 & 19.7in). The rear are @32cm (12.6in) apart.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: rjs987 on May 02, 2021, 02:50:24 AM
Just for information... The USA maintenance schedule for the AK 550 seems to be a bit different than for non-USA. At least for the initial break-in service...

See this post on the ADVRiders forum:
https://advrider.com/f/threads/ak550-super-touring.1484423/page-2#post-41970974


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on May 02, 2021, 06:03:58 AM
0.6 x 1,000M = @1,000Km

That's close to the same.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: rjs987 on May 20, 2021, 07:39:31 PM
0.6 x 1,000M = @1,000Km

That's close to the same.

Yep, same as my Burgman 650 and a few other bikes I've owned. Better than the 187 miles (300 km) indicated in the Euro version of the service manual I downloaded for the initial service.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on May 21, 2021, 04:39:37 AM
0.6 x 1,000M = @1,000Km

That's close to the same.

Way back in the "olden days" that 1st oil change was to remove a pound or two of shavings but, at least, my last 3 machines have been clean so I've regarded the 1st service more like an inspection to make sure all the nuts & bolts have remained fixed in place and the other bits 'n pieces are still hanging on. My philosophy has always been "ride it like you stole it and take good care of it in between". I might be wrong but it works for me.



Yep, same as my Burgman 650 and a few other bikes I've owned. Better than the 187 miles (300 km) indicated in the Euro version of the service manual I downloaded for the initial service.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on June 11, 2021, 12:49:58 AM
I am seriously looking for the AK550. Anyone have any positive thoughts about them. I know that dealers can't seem to get them and they move off the floor within a few weeks.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: EZMark on June 11, 2021, 10:49:26 AM
I am seriously looking for the AK550. Anyone have any positive thoughts about them. I know that dealers can't seem to get them and they move off the floor within a few weeks.
If I didn't already have a Tmax, I'd seriously look at an AK.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: klaviator on June 11, 2021, 01:10:37 PM
There are a number of people on ADV who have bought one of these in the USA.  There is a long thread on the AK550 here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/kymco-ak550-in-the-usa-for-2021.1470001/ (https://advrider.com/f/threads/kymco-ak550-in-the-usa-for-2021.1470001/)

I was down at Max Motorsports in Alabama a couple of weeks ago.  They are supposed to be getting one in but didn't know exactly when.  


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Clampett on June 11, 2021, 03:50:31 PM
That's interesting Klaviator.
I asked them(Max) about the AK and they told me they wouldn't carry it and had no plans to get one. When I queried more, he replied they preferred dealing in 250 and under scooters. Maybe they had more inquiries about it?


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: klaviator on June 11, 2021, 05:20:32 PM
I talked to Mathew who is the scooter manager as well as the scooter tech.  A couple of months ago he told me they had 2 AK550s coming.  When I talked to him a couple of weeks ago he said it was just one.  I don't think they have had a lot of success selling the bigger scooters.  They had to mark the Myroad 700 they had way down to sell it.  I told him that from what I have read the AK550 was selling pretty good. 


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: EZMark on June 13, 2021, 04:38:48 PM
I talked to Mathew who is the scooter manager as well as the scooter tech.  A couple of months ago he told me they had 2 AK550s coming.  When I talked to him a couple of weeks ago he said it was just one.  I don't think they have had a lot of success selling the bigger scooters.  They had to mark the Myroad 700 they had way down to sell it.  I told him that from what I have read the AK550 was selling pretty good. 
In all fairness, the Myroad was a double dose of butt ugly. I rode one and it was also heavy, slow handling, poorly suspended, and vibrated noticeably. The AK appears to have improved on all of those failings.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on June 14, 2021, 05:14:38 AM
I talked to Mathew who is the scooter manager as well as the scooter tech.  A couple of months ago he told me they had 2 AK550s coming.  When I talked to him a couple of weeks ago he said it was just one.  I don't think they have had a lot of success selling the bigger scooters.  They had to mark the Myroad 700 they had way down to sell it.  I told him that from what I have read the AK550 was selling pretty good. 
In all fairness, the Myroad was a double dose of butt ugly. I rode one and it was also heavy, slow handling, poorly suspended, and vibrated noticeably. The AK appears to have improved on all of those failings.

Oh yea, I can guarantee you that the AK is a nimble, surefooted, responsive critter with a pretty nice ride. The seat, for my money, could have been done a bit better butt the Air Hawk pretty well covers that area.

The butt pad is a bit short and hits me in the tail bone. There's a bigger on you can buy from Kymco but as they're order only over here and no 30 day money back I passed.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on June 25, 2021, 03:35:37 AM
I talked to the logistics department at Kymco USA in Spartanburg SC this week. Eric said there is a number of bikes waiting to clear customs. The sales department has not said which dealers will get them. I am on the waiting list at four different dealers. Hope to look at one within a few weeks. Won't decide on buying until I can see and touch one.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: sonuvabug on June 25, 2021, 04:00:27 PM
That's pretty exciting John.  Many times anticipation is part of the thrill!

How did you make out with the big Burgman you were selling? 


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Maggie on June 27, 2021, 02:08:23 PM
That's awesome, John!!  Hope the seating is comfy for you!!


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on June 28, 2021, 01:51:18 AM
I had a man call to look at it. He wants it for parts. He looked at it on Saturday but hasn't gotten back to me yet. I an now looking at a Honda CTX 700 G.
Getting old and confused.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: sonuvabug on June 30, 2021, 04:05:36 PM
... snipped ... I am now looking at a Honda CTX 700 G.

John, there is lots of good information on the https://www.ctx700forum.com/forums/ (https://www.ctx700forum.com/forums/) website and a number of its members have come from the maxi-scooter world. 

At one point I was considering a DCT version of the CTX700 which are not available in Canada.  I decided to pass the importing process (which I have done 6 or 7 times) and picked up my current Silverwing instead. 


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jdbrot on June 30, 2021, 11:10:45 PM
I like my CTX700 but the back suspension is not plush regardless of the setting. Just received my new Penske shock and hope to get it installed next week.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on July 05, 2021, 01:45:02 AM
I found a shop that can repair my Burgman 650 so no new bike for me, at this time.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: Expat47 on July 05, 2021, 06:08:11 AM
(https://www.allsmileys.com/files/smiley-central-jumbo-emotions/4841.gif)
The hopes and dreams of an entire board have been dashed.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: minimac on July 05, 2021, 03:24:34 PM
That's good news (I think) John. I hope you have better luck getting it fixed than I had with mine. If they can fix it as well as Craig fixed his, you'll be able to go well over 100,000 miles!


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: sonuvabug on July 05, 2021, 06:34:01 PM
Good Luck on the repair John.  I hope it works and lasts a long, long time for you.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on July 06, 2021, 08:55:12 PM
I think I'll have it fixed and then sell it. It looks like a Honda CTX 700 with the DCT will be my next ride


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: sonuvabug on July 07, 2021, 02:58:55 PM
Here's a good CTX700 forum to join if you want to some some advance reading.

https://www.ctx700forum.com/forums/ (https://www.ctx700forum.com/forums/)


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: rjs987 on July 08, 2021, 05:48:43 AM
Just convince those shipyard personnel to get all the AK 550 scooters sitting in containers on the coast out to dealers. I want to sit on one before the rubber rots.


The CTX700 is simply a repackaging of one of the NC700 series. If you like foot forward controls like a big cruiser in a smaller package then you'll like one of those. But that foot position is NOTHING like the ergonomics of any scooter, even super scooters. I've owned both and my tailbone thanks me for choosing the better of the two. It's also NOT anything close to the CTX1300 (aside from engine size), which I've also owned (a much better bike IMO, but no longer my style of ride).


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jdbrot on July 08, 2021, 01:03:05 PM
The Ctx700 is a much better ride with floorboards. Most of us have installed them.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: jpowell692 on August 04, 2021, 03:57:28 AM
I've ordered a Corbin seat and new foot boards for my "new to me" CTX700D


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: EZMark on August 04, 2021, 07:57:26 AM
I've ordered a Corbin seat and new foot boards for my "new to me" CTX700D
If you feel the need:
I got my wife a CTX700 a few years ago. Coming off her Forza scooter, she wasn't comfortable with the foot brake. I got a rear brake lever and gear for a Silverwing and had it installed. Perfect cosmetic match and worked perfectly.


Title: Re: AK550 to the US!
Post by: minimac on August 04, 2021, 03:05:48 PM
I've ordered a Corbin seat and new foot boards for my "new to me" CTX700D

 Congrats, John! Waiting to hear your thoughts after you put some miles on it.  I'm still looking for an AK550 to try.