Kinetic Italjet Scooters

Kinetic Engineering is about to launch seven Italjets that have the potential to make scootering fashionable again in India. These things look super cool and are about to set a new definition of scooters in India. The best among these seven bikes is the Jupiter.

Kinetic Jupiter

This flagship model’s frontal styling harks of Kawasaki’s beastly supersports motorcycle — the 1200cc ZX12 R — with a similarly raked front mudguard and the same mean-looking twin headlights as found on the Kwacker.
A beaky, angular front fairing encompasses the maxi-scooter and its yawning floorboard. A tall flyscreen provides ample riding protection behind which nestles an elegant instrument cluster. The speedometer is calibrated all the way up to 160kph and sits alongside a trip and temperature gauge.
The Jupiter’s handlebars are tucked away in a shroud and its smoothly sculpted switchgear is extra-fine equipment. The colossal stepped seat, which really pampers its occupants, could have you mistake the Jupiter for a three-seater. Underseat storage is large enough to house two full-face helmets.
The engine to power the Jupiter in India has yet to be finalized by Kinetic but it can safely be expected to displace over 200cc.
A discharged battery prevented us from riding the Jupiter, making it difficult to comment on engine performance and ride and handling quality.
The Jupiter uses a reinforced metal cradle frame. Front suspension is hydraulic forks while the rear employs a brace of twin adjustable shock absorbers. There’s a beefy single-side light alloy swingarm on one side, while the engine doubles as the second side of the swingarm as on the Millennium.
Brakes are discs for both front and rear, with the front using a large diameter 250mm rotor. Footwear sizes for six-spoke alloy rims are 110/90 x 12-inch and 130/70 x 12 rear.
If ever there was a term such as ‘super scooter’, the Jupiter qualifies at idle.

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