2010 Kymco Scooters First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Kymco Xciting 300i

2010 Kymco Scooters Ride

When Motorcycle USA at Asheville, North Carolina to the 2010 Scooter lineup from we had no idea how robust the Tawian scooter line actually Ranging from 500cc to 50cc 4-strokes, with of mid-displacement offerings on hand, has added four new models year: the Downtown 300i, 200i, Like 50 and Super 8 50 2T.

were too many rides and not time… But we did our best, scooting the Blue Ridge Parkway and the grounds of Asheville’s private Estate to get a taste of the 2010 scooter line.

Kymco 500Ri — $6299, ABS

As if testing a score of scooters in a window wasn’t daunting we complicated things by arriving thanks to multiple flight and a fitful night of shuteye in the airport (Thank You DELTA!!). a day late, we dropped our bags in plopped on a helmet and ran over to a Kymco 500Ri. Our testing was “somewhere south on the Blue Parkway,” so we twisted the and went lookin’.

Storming up the Ridge Parkway aboard the 500Ri is a ride we won’t forget.

The solo saddle made for a grin-inducing jaunt, the most performance-oriented Kymco down the famed southern to catch up. The 498.5cc DOHC fairly rips in a scooter and 70-plus mph cruising speed is a lickety-split right hand Granted, the large Xciting can every bit its 473 lbs (claimed dry weight), yet the and its telescopic fork, plus preload-adjustable rear shocks are enough for spirited riding – you’re not going to confuse its with a street bike soon.

The dual disc front teamed with the sturdy disc, do a competent job bringing the 500-lb scoot to a halt. yes, the optional ABS is a worthy despite the extra 15 lbs and $500.

position is cush, with the footrests quite relaxing and long-distance treks a pleasant Our only real gripe the Xciting is its lengthy 61.8-inch large size and hefty making low-speed maneuvering technical than on its smaller, nimble, siblings. As for fit-and-finish, the of a tach on the control panel make a whole lot of sense, but forgive ‘em for it – our high-speed scoot the Blue Ridge will get scratched into our cranial drive for a long time to (Long-term opinions on the Kymco are available in our 2009 Kymco 500Ri Review .)

A score of and 1.5 days on the prestigious Biltmore still not enough time to the robust 2010 Kymco line.

Kymco Xxciting — $5199

As for the 250Ri, we aboard the 500’s kid brother down the Blue Ridge, we caught up with the rest of the crew. The rolling chassis on the two are identical, from physical to brakes, to suspension; that is eye rolls down the spec to the 67-lb lighter dry weight! And in a scooter that makes for a BIG

A liquid-cooled Single like its the 72.7mm x 60mm bore and add up to a 249cc displacement (92mm x for the 500). The smaller SOHC pares down the pounds, but gives up some of the oomph to the 500. However, the 250 gets up to speed and should be on the Superslab – the power loss is mostly under acceleration, at higher speed.

 Cushioning some of the performance is an efficiency claimed at 61 mpg, far than the observed mid-30mpg our previous test run with the scooter. Oh, it’s also a $1100 less than the

Aside from the engines, the two as a whole felt quite – the 250 perhaps more deft at speeds and easier to manhandle to the lighter weight.

Kymco 300i

The Kymco Downtown the performance much closer to the than the smaller 250, to its lighter weight and all-new 299cc Single.

We spent the time during our North testing run aboard the all-new 300i, which resides the Xciting 500Ri and 250Ri in the lineup. At first glance the appears to be just a rebadged but while similar in appearance, its become apparent behind the

First, there’s the 299cc The nearly square configuration of the bore and 72mm … a stroked out version of the 250 powerplant, yet assures us the 4-valve SOHC mill is a new design. The assertion is backed up on the where the 300’s power and feel far closer to the 500 than the

Top end performance isn’t quite at the level, but the freeway is fair as well as hustling along at a respectable clip.

Perhaps one reason why the engine so spunky is it’s pushing 367 lbs – a full 106 lbs less than the (40 lbs less than the 250). We this was a spec sheet but Kymco promises the new engine and have made the weight possible. And speaking of chassis, the is more compact – two inches in length with a corresponding one wheelbase at 60.8 inch.

height is a quarter-inch higher the Xciting, and the cockpit feels While the seat itself is the close quarters first apparent when pitching the forward, the footrests too close to use on the – at least for taller riders, standing 6’1”.

The Kymco 300i is a 2011 model will appear in the second of 2010.

The telescopic fork and dual shocks can get jarred by imperfections transmitted by the 14-inch and 13-inch rear tires (an smaller on each wheel the Xcitings). Still, the handling is on par Xcitings, transitions being a quicker on the lighter Downtown.

using the same braking as the Xcitings — wave and two-pot calipers — the sports only a single-disc up front. While delivering initial bite there’s of stopping power at the ready jamming down on both the and rear single-disc units. ( purchases suspension and brake from major suppliers in volume to brand them – though Kymco reps do ABS is from Bosch .)

Dealers are quick to point out Kymco is from Taiwan, not and doesn’t carry the dubious attached to “cheap Chinese the quality of Kymco scoots riding and backed by a two-year Though the Made in China/Taiwan and what’s made where, by all is worthy of an article – or even of articles… ) The overall fit and on the Downtown may be the best of the Kymco Our only minor quibble is the speedo, with small MPH numbers that are hard to and also there’s that tach – looks alright, but why am I looking at it?

Overall the Downtown was our pick of the Kymco litter. price is still pending, the is actually a 2011 model, should be due in dealerships by the second of 2010.

Out of the remaining Kymco models we found some stood out during our limited Here are the highs and lows:

Yager GT 200i —

Out of the 150-250 Kymco class, the 200GTi was the best standout, performance and comfy ergos.

Kymco Xciting 300i

In the class, the star in our opinion is the GT 200i. The biggest reason its liquid-cooled 175cc Single, felt comparable to the Xciting 250 and plenty of pop on surface streets and We didn’t approach freeway on the Biltmore Estates (the overseers would surely the hounds if we were too obnoxious, or at the private security force), we feel confident the Yager handle interstate traffic.

The 13-inch front wheel and wheelbase make for a quick-turning yet handler, while the single-disc front and rear also pleasing performance. The quirkiest is the oddly shaped handlebars, look something like wings ready to take but make for plenty of legroom – the ergos another big plus in our The $3500 pricetag isn’t bad either, and a lot of bang for the buck – a deal in our estimation than the

The Kymco Super 8 above like its 50cc sibling but 150 power. The People 150 below is a city bike.

Kymco 8 150 — $2299

Another was the Super 8 150, which the sharp-turning maneuverability of its smaller kin but with much more performance out of its air-cooled 149cc The 14-inch wheels and single front/drum rear brakes well with the urban of this metro commuter. Our trait?

Has to be the $2299 MSRP.

People 150 — $2799

An mention in the mid-range scoots to the People 150. Freeways are a no go, but the air-cooled motor seemed enough for larger surface and make the People 150 a proper city scoot. The skinny hoops are easy to turn yet a motorcycle feel and the riding isn’t as cramped as we expected. is it worth the $500 premium the Super 8 150?

Not by our brief impressions.

Kymco Like

The biggest disappointment in the 200 class was the new Like 200i. We rode it a short while on the Blue Parkway, where it did not belong. The air-cooled 163cc motor was struggling up inclines and from starts. The most unnerving however, was the cramped riding with our knees effectively as the steering lock and it a dicey proposition for taller

Unless the pending MSRP is bottom, we don’t see many opting for the Like when are better options in the Kymco — though we have to its retro-y lines are some of the in the line.

Kymco People 250 S $4499

Unfortunately, we didn’t more than a few minutes the intriguing People 250 S, but we did enjoy the Short review, motor similar to Xciting 250Ri more compact dimensions and characteristics. Would like to get a ride, until then…

notes from the 250 Kymco the quirky Venox cruiser? gone baby, gone – from the 2010 lineup.

tuned for a upcoming review on the Kymco Quannon 150 — for on the numerous 50cc mounts Kymco — see sidebar.

Kymco Xciting 300i
Kymco Xciting 300i
Kymco Xciting 300i
Kymco Xciting 300i
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