Is the trend of SUVs winning the segment of scooters? In any case, this is the success of the Honda ADV 350, whose sales have surpassed those of the Forza 350 and whose marketing strategy consists of targeting Travellers in ties that dream of getting away from it all.
Based on this observation, the Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco is launching the DTX 360 for 360° use. After a first DTX 360 equipped with a 125cc engine, accessible to B license, Kymco offers a variant in the 350 category (the 321cc cubic engine) accessible to A2 and A license for more versatility.
And it is in this field that Kymco wants to convince as this DTX is adorned with the attributes that make the adventurer shine: matte fairings, mixed studded tires, handguards and TCS traction control. Is the plumage worth the ramage? In any case, this Kymco is positioned at €5,699, a lower price than the Honda ADV 350 (€6,299), which remains its only competitor at the moment.
This Kymco DTX 360 looks great with its signature stock LED headlights and angular fairings. The overall design is intended to be relatively aggressive, with an interplay of edges and a muscular line. The small windshield and minimalist front fender add to the dynamic vibe.
Of note, the DTX 360 primarily retrieves codes from crosses with a mixture of colored plastics and matte black. Handguards give the illusion of protection while riding Out of the road and above all the large studded CST tires (120/80/14 front and 150/70/13 rear) finish establishing a silhouette that plays on the adventurous side. On the other hand, keep in mind that the zipper is only available as an option and that you will have to cross the possibility of adjusting the bubble. However, a tall screen is available as an option.
At 2.16m long, 0.78m wide and 1.28m high, this Kymco DTX 360 clearly falls into the category of maxi-scooters. In addition, its service tunnel and, in particular, its 1.55 m wheelbase are there to remind you that it is meant to be welcoming and guarantees good comfort to the pilot when he is in front of the cockpit.
The saddle is wide enough, a bit firm, but offers a good base to face the instrumentation block. In general, we are well installed and the low height of 785mm makes it easy to grip. Lever spacing is also adjustable. Finally, note that there is space under the saddle to accommodate a full face helmet and a Jet helmet.
The Kymco DTX 360’s LCD digital instrumentation is easy to read, with information well laid out. In the center, we have our eye on the tachometer and the tachometer; on the right the fuel gauge and engine temperature. On the left you can access the total and partial mileage of two trips A and B.
Unfortunately, that’s it. We would have liked to find the average consumption, for example, the travel time or even an estimate of the autonomy. Also note that Kymco ignores connectivity here. And even if this scooter has a claim Out of the roadWe do not understand this choice. The manufacturer argues cost issues, but in our opinion a connected interface would have made it possible to increase its versatility and above all to offer the equivalent of the ADV 350, which offers a Roadsync application for the HSVC voice control system that allows managing GPS, calls, messages and even music and weather reports. However, Kymco has promised us some surprises throughout 2022 to satisfy our technophile appetite.
In terms of equipment, there are also two USB ports, which is quite rare. One is positioned in the center of the handlebar, hidden by a plastic cover with a somewhat flimsy hinge, and the other is in the single storage compartment located to the left of the dash. This allows you to charge your smartphone while driving, but unfortunately this storage compartment does not lock. A phone holder is available as an option. The Kymco DTX 360 is equipped with a classic hydraulic fork (diam. 45 mm), two adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers, one with a single disc at the front (diam. 260 mm) and at the rear (diam. 240 mm) with ABS braking.
This DTX inaugurates a new generation of contactless keys. So keep it in your pocket. the keyless allows you to initialize the ignition, lock and unlock the steering, open the trunk and the fuel filler cap. Note, however, that the starting procedure is a bit complicated, since you must first turn on the contactor by pressing the brake and starter, wait for confirmation of the command by a blue light, and then start the engine. In the weirdness radius, we also noticed a mysterious TCS (Traction Control Service) display, as unlike what is done elsewhere, if the light is off, it means TCS is not activated. When the scooter is idling, TCS activated, the light is orange, and when running it turns green. A priori therefore, TCS is not enabled by default.
handling and performance
With its 321cc single-cylinder engine generating 28.2hp at 7,500rpm and 29.3Nm of torque at 5,750rpm, this DTX 360 is no slouch on the road. Its performance isn’t impressive, particularly with a top speed that barely exceeds 130km/h on the clock, but it shows plenty of stamina off the throttle and a good transmission, with no rear-wheel jerk or spin. The power buildup is gradual and we’ve found that the mid-range (between 70 and 110 km/h) has the best acceleration. This single doesn’t vibrate too much either and is lively enough for trips back and forth to the home office without the fuss.
Unfortunately, two points cloud the picture a bit: the protection is quite weak and, past 110 km/h, the airflow becomes annoying. In addition, suspensions that are too firm end up breaking the lower back on slightly degraded roads. A pity, because the directional stability is quite good, and the chassis is quite healthy in successions of turns.
On the other hand, be careful in the rain with CST brand mixed tires. However, they provide good grip in the dry and then offer the possibility of going down a hilly road without the slightest problem. Wait no more, the low ground clearance, low fork travel and stiff suspension will slow down your momentum. Out of the road. However, the manufacturer had warned us and the emphasis is on appearance. Why not then?