Launched at the 11thManila International Motor Show (MIAS), the Grand Dink 300i (G-Dink) is Kymco Philippines’ answer to a new breed of scooter riders who usually run errands around town on weekdays and still like to go on leisurely touring rides in the countryside on weekends. With its dimensions 2090 mm x 770 mm x 1360 mm (LxWxH), the G-Dink has ample presence on the open roads. Yet, it is still small enough to squeeze through gaps in urban traffic.
The G-Dink is powered by a 270.6 cc liquid-cooled single cylinder four stroke engine which produces 16 Kw @ 7500 RPM and 22.3 Nm @ 7000 RPM. It is more than enough grunt to propel the 152-kilogram scooter with a 90-kilogram (plus VAT) rider to three-digit speeds in under ten seconds. This enabled me to safely keep up with traffic and to quickly get out of tight spots (like getting caught between two buses competing for passengers). Even with the G-Dink’s propensity for performance, it remains frugal enough to serve as a daily commuter. A hundred kilometers on the clock barely consumed a quarter of the 9-liter fuel tank. The under seat compartment has a sensor-activated LED light to help you see better as you rummage through your stuff. This brings me to some of the G-Dink’s creature-comfort features.
The saddle can comfortably seat two-occupants and it also has a sturdy back rest for the pillion. The grips are raised so that the rider can reach the controls even while his back rests on the lumbar support. Its state-of-the-art fuel-injection system keeps consumption to a minimum so it is likely that you will deplete your smart phone’s battery first before you can empty a tank of gas. Luckily, the G-Dink comes with a 12-volt socket.
The G-Dink runs on meaty 120/70 – 140/70 12-inch tubeless rubbers matted to aluminum alloy wheels. At an SRP of P 220, 000, you also get a digital instrument panel with a speedometer, odometer, trip meter and a clock. It can also be set to read out numbers in KPH or MPH. Additional safety features include a bar-mounted kill switch, side stand kill switch, a passing light switch and LED running lights. Also, you practically get two bikes at that price, a luxurious tourer and a practical commuter, offering the rider the best of both worlds.
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