Kymco Xciting 500-Kymco

20 Апр 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Kymco Xciting 500-Kymco отключены

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Before asks this is not a Chinese brand!

KYMCO are a well Taiwanese manufacturer established employing over 3000 with 250 solely in RD. It is one of the worlds manufacturers of scooters, ATVs and exporting to 73 countries worldwide. approximately seven years ago manufacturing giant Honda had a share holding in KYMCO and product under licence for

Clear branding on the Kymco 500i

Im glad weve that as I dont want to have any preconceptions about for as soon as you see the Xciting 500i you realise that this oozes quality and luxury, on a par the best the Japanese can offer.

set the scene for this new model Kymco. This is a model from the previous Xciting 500 which was a carburetted 498cc This updated model, the i upgrades the scooter with fuel injection which the Euro 3 standard.

Euro 3

Theres a badge on the scooter proclaiming this!

A luxury — the Kymco Xciting

This is a physically large weighing 221kg, and with a of 2,255mm and a width of 810mm it takes you aback with its However dont let the bare put you off, if this were a touring motorcycle those would be perfectly acceptable. lies something to answer sort of scooter the Xciting is?

Its a luxury maxi-scooter, able to with long distance as well as the trip down to the and dare I say it, even some touring.

Motorcycle or Scooter?

My model was finished in the standard but smart silver. The front end of the is very much like a in appearance, with a raked fairing housing a built in headlight, side lights and glass style indicators, off by a large screen. An even taller touring accessory is available.

Already you can see this has touring potential.

The bike, I mean scooter, has standard forks up front, but more scooter twin chrome adjustable dampers at the rear. The 15 alloy front wheel is with twin ventilated each with a twin calliper and the rear 14 alloy has a single ventilated disc single piston. Both steel braided brake a nice quality touch.

The continues as soon as you step the Xciting 500i. With the steel bar ends, the comprehensive panel and span adjustable For the most part the instrument is excellent with the three bevelled instruments displays housing an analogue rev counter, one an speed and one a fuel gauge and temperature gauge.

Plus theres a digital and trip meter and clock and two of the standard range of warning

The comprehensive instrument panel

one minor niggle is apparent the speedo. When riding the the clear white figures are in kph, whereas the smaller red on black figures are mph. I the mph figures somewhat difficult to particularly if the sun was behind me, shining the clear plastic instrument

One big surprise is the bike has a separate brake (like a car), can be a boon when parking up on incline and just for the added of mind that the bike roll off its side or centre

added too.

Plenty of

Theres small lockable box in the front fairing, a cubby in the front of the seat and then the large amount of storage under the seat which via the multifunction dashboard ignition and rises cleanly on a gas strut. The lock also serves to the car style petrol filler in the dash and acts as a steering I did find myself inadvertently the petrol cap several times

Adding to the luxury touches is an under seat mobile charger socket.

The well king and queen style is wide and comfortable and cushions posterior from the worst of the pot hole ridden roads and the legs riding position, have you feeling like sitting in a comfy armchair than on board a large scooter.

Rear view of the Xciting 500i

Turning to the of the bike the upswept clear light and indicators blend with the rakish styling and the silencer in grey with the gattling gun style all sit together to a visually appealing package.

Kymco Xciting 500i

or luxury ride?

First to remember this is a twist and go, no to slip, theres almost power and acceleration on tap and this is no scooter theres a whole to play with. So safety is you cant start the bike the electric star button the stands are up and a brake lever is

What an altogether pleasant and experience riding the Xciting is. The power on offer is more adequate, the 498cc single cooled DOHC engine 28.2Kw at 7000 rpm and is fairley (as you would expect a single to producing 40.6Nm at 5,500 Cruising at legal permissible is well within its gambit and the CVT transmission means that the is generally always giving of its

The automatic transmission operates and adds to the smooth ride. to redline the scooter are futile as the CVT adapts the ratios, I think I a heady 7,000 RPM, the redlines at 8,000rpm and its only at point the merest modicum of sets in; for 99% of the time you wont be your Xciting this

Performance is surprising, the Xciting up quickly and smoothly and the upgrade to injection has not produced any of the low throttle or flat spots that be expected. Once on the move, traffic on the open road was a free affair. Whilst the big and screen cosset you from the of the wind blast and provide a of protection from light

Those who are not used to riding will be surprised at how well maxi scooter handles, I myself very quickly full confidence in its handling, me to hustle it along and around tight corners, with an that surprised me. Plus I looked down at the speedo the speeds and cornering speeds achieved where a surprise. I almost say the handling was spirited or is it exciting?

Top speed is claimed as 95mph, but I say this is an under estimate my riding of the Xciting. The wide (120/7015 front 150/70-14 and firm suspension produce handling that does not or pitch. The scooter is very under most conditions, one down side of the taut (which I have to add in its defence was not set up for my but someone 4 stone lighter) is it can to a jiggly ride on the poorest of surfaces.

The brakes are excellent, firm and provide plenty of but some care is needed just applying the rear which can be a little aggressive in its but you soon get used to it.

The Xciting is manoeuvrable at low speeds and 360 degree with its tight turning can be achieved without putting a down This is a big scooter and you to be fully aware of its size in traffic, though the excellent really helps.

Its the comfort the non contorted riding position, the handling and spirited performance actually tend me to think, you could in fact tour on maxi scooter. Its far more a pop down the shops or ride work machine. You could the necessary essentials aboard and go for a few days touring on this confident in the fact youll feeling comfortable and having the distances possibly no less than on many a touring

Affordable luxury

Where the 500i scores highly is its and running costs. I didnt the Xciting on test long to run absolute MPG tests but the UK importers me it will do about 65MPG. is in the region of 80* for an interim service and for a major service. The service is 6,000 KM or six months.

However its the price which is the clincher the Retail Price is only which compares favourably the prices of the leading Japanese scooters. Plus there is a two unlimited mileage warranty.

luxury — the Kymco 500i

So in conclusion it does you can have you cake and eat it; the KYMCO 500i is a luxury maxi which it would seem is at an affordable price.


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