2013 Kymco Xciting 500i ABS: Scooting Redefined RoadRUNNER Motorcycle…

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Kymco Xciting 500i

2013 Kymco Xciting 500i ABS: Scooting Redefined

Text: David Burbach • Photography: Florian Neuhauser

Most scooters are designed with one task in mind—urban commuting, and it is a role that suits them well. There are, however, some scoots that are capable of much more, even some for whom words like “highway” or “tour” aren’t so dirty. One of these is the Kymco Xciting 500i ABS.

Powertrain and Performance

The flagship of Kymco’s U.S. lineup is powered by a modern, fuel-injected, 499cc liquid-cooled single that produces a claimed 38 horsepower. Though that figure isn’t huge by motorcycle standards, it’s quite impressive for a scooter. When departing a stoplight, the 500i does so with determination, though not necessarily with adrenaline-pumping acceleration.

At idle, the motor exhibits the usual vibration associated with having one cylinder, but as RPMs start to rise, the oscillation evens out considerably. Speeds in excess of 75 mph are attained without difficulty and are surprisingly comfortable thanks to impressive smoothness from the big single.

At highway speeds, the Xciting still has enough passing power to inspire confidence, and extended stays on the super slab are remarkably effortless. However, around town is where this two-wheeler really shines. The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) does a good job of keeping you in the engine’s power band, and the linear throttle response makes the 500i supremely easy to ride.

Chassis and Handling

The suspension set up is a non-adjustable telescopic fork up front and pre-load adjustable dual shocks out back. For such a big heavy scooter (473 pounds wet), the Kymco is extremely nimble. Its relatively small tires (15-inch front and 14-inch rear) and wide handlebar give it a turning radius that will put just about any motorcycle to shame.

Kymco Xciting 500i
Kymco Xciting 500i

It’s able to lean hard too; during some spirited mountain riding, various metallic protrusions scraped the asphalt several times. All the while, the chassis remains composed and predictable. You can pick your line and consistently place the big scoot just where you intend to.

Unfortunately, the Xciting’s corner carving abilities come at the expense of some ride quality. Potholes (and even lesser bumps in the road) are transmitted straight through the steel chassis to your posterior. I found myself surveying the road ahead more than usual for potential disturbances.

Though these road imperfections aren’t very comfortable, thankfully, they don’t disturb the Kymco’s stability in the least.

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For the complete article of the riding impression(s) and technical specifications, please purchase the July/August 2013 back issue.

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