2009 Kymco Xciting 500Ri Review — Motorcycle USA

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Kymco Xciting 500i

2009 Kymco Xciting Review

Freeways are not a problem for Xciting 500 maxi-scooter.

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You rode a scooter L.A. to San Francisco?

You bet I did. And you too, if your scooter had a nice generous storage and enough to pass semis going up the Pass like they in reverse. Welcome to the future, having a scooter doesn’t riding a cute little tiddler with a milk attached to its cheaply chromed rack.

It’s 2009 and though we don’t have we do have the Maxi-Scooter. It’s a new of 21st-Century transport, shuttling business people around mega-metropolises. Even in these of a struggling automotive industry, the scooter category is a growing with almost every brand selling one or more of 400cc-and-larger scooters.

Taiwanese Kymco. after establishing a in the US market with smaller and motorcycles, introduced its maxi, the 500, in 2006. The 500Ri is the machine with several For 2009, the Xciting gets a smoke-colored screen, fuel-injection and ABS brakes. It’s a big bike, a claimed dry weight of 488 pounds the optional ABS) and a 61.8-inch

Power comes from a DOHC, 498.5cc fuel-injected with modern, oversquare by 75mm bore/… numbers. are maxi-size, too, with a 150/70-14 tire size in and a 120/70-15 in front. It’s a big designed for big people who want to go far – and

Maxi-scoots are flagships for their and have luxurious appointments to The Xciting is no Xception, with of high-class touches. Under the you’ll find an illuminated compartment with room for a helmet (a helmet hook accommodate a passenger’s lid) and

A 12-volt cigarette-lighter outlet is along with a holder for electronic device, be it phone, or small toaster-oven. There’s a glove box under the dash and an easy-to-access, non-locking stashbox at the of the seat lets the rider sunglasses, toll money or any sundries the ride demands.

For the Kymco Xciting gets a smoke-colored screen, fuel-injection and ABS brakes.

Riding the Xciting isn’t so exciting as it is satisfying, more than sport-coupe. The seating is familiar to anybody who’s a big scoot; wide, thickly seat, tall bars fall perfectly to hand, and big that splay your out when the bike is stopped.

wide stance and a 30.25-inch height made it a bit of a stretch to the ground with my 30-inch and backing it up while parking may in a lot of grunting and puffing. But the weight is low to the and after all, it does a motor to move you around.

A that is supremely easy to It fires up quickly and is ready to right away, thanks to the sorted fuel injection. is brisk but not head-snapping; the CVT is tuned and to deliver freeway-speed passing rather than off-the-line But once at freeway speeds the can cruise, pass, and generally its own even in the most aggressive traffic.

Top speed is somewhere 100 mph, although you’d have to have some at your back or a long slope to see that on the speedo.

That brings us to the handling of the review, where most show their limitations. The is part of that club, but no worse than other scooters. What makes a a scooter is the location of the powertrain which doubles as a swingarm. means a big chunk of the bike’s is unsprung mass; a minor with a lightweight runabout, to hide when you’re about a 500cc road like this.

And not only is big lump unsprung, it also a lot of weight very close to the axle, which helps why Kymco isn’t fielding a team. Maybe Kymco can a race series: American Cup?

Underseat storage for the Xciting 500.

Ride the at a sane pace and things are The wide bars offer of leverage, making the bike nimble. The big 15-inch front and long wheelbase keep stable, and there’s more clearance than many big I could name (but offer.

Kymco Xciting 500i
Kymco Xciting 500i

The brakes do what they’re to do, although that lighter end and small wheel mean never have front-end like a motorcycle’s. Push it to its and it starts to feel like a a big, heavy scooter. At speeds – law-breaking speeds the steering feels more than I like, and the rear end

In fact, it feels a lot like from other manufacturers, as the Honda Silver Wing and Burgman 400. They’re not for precise arcs through mountain passes at triple-digit stick to the Xciting’s intended and it performs.

That mission is commuting. Room for your You bet: that lighted, under-seat compartment holds a gym bag or a of bags of groceries. Comfortable?

For the seat is nicely shaped and and even has an adjustable rider’s 3.8-gallon fuel tank good range to riders a restrained wrist, although I mpg numbers in the 30s, cruising at 70 mph on Interstate 5. Wind protection may not be the strong suit. The 2008 higher windscreen was lacking in the sporty cut-down screen on the looks cool but doesn’t the same protection.

Wave rotors give the Xciting a sporty look.

are other nice touches. is full instrumentation: clock, fuel and temperature gauges. The single-pot brake calipers are in a snazzy red, grip wave-style rotors and use braided brake lines.

Build is about what you’d from a Japanese factory, and actually not surprising: Taiwanese have been building and whole vehicles for Japanese and brands for many years. In a Taiwanese-built Honda CRV may be in your right now, and BMW is building its engines on a line in the Kymco On the 500Ri, that means is deep and glossy and plastic fit and feel right.

It’s so in fact, that Kymco a two-year warranty.

You may be wondering the suitability of the 500Ri for a new rider. I it was certainly easy to operate and a to ride at low speeds, with an turning radius for something size, and a mellow power that will keep you out of But it is heavy, and while it hides its at low speeds, eventually you’re to be going faster, and more is less forgiving than weight.

A new rider, even one with training under his or her belt, is to make mistakes. Do you want to those mistakes on a 500-lb or a 250-lb scooter?

Functionally, as a I’d be inclined to choose one as my daily especially if I was spending a lot of time in traffic or on city streets.

Kymco Xciting 500i
Kymco Xciting 500i
Kymco Xciting 500i


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