Kymco Xciting 500i — Tripper’s Bike Reviews

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Kymco Xciting 500i

Kymco Xciting 500i

would you get if you combined a water-cooled, injected 500 cm3 engine with a variable transmission, and installed the assembly in a underbone frame? the Taiwanese scooter manufacturers, did that and in the process they a scooter with the heart of a

The Kymco Xciting 500i is not the maxi scooter available on the market that niche Suzuki’s 400 and 650 Burgmans and Yamaha’s but its R45 000 price tag makes it the least (its nearest competitor is shy of R20 000 dearer). But ‘inexpensive’ needn’t be with ‘cheap’, and as far as general quality and panel fit is concerned, the rivals its Japanese counterparts.

An beast, it’s also imposing: its wheelbase is a rangy 1 590 mm and its width is 810 mm. It is also no lightie, a dry weight of 230 kg. Thanks to an extremely low of gravity, however, you are all but oblivious to its it feels no heavier than a conventional bike.

Scooters are to be endowed with ample space, and the Xciting is true to A small lockable cubby in the front leg shield, and a similar not lockable) compartment in the forward of the seat mount, join the underseat compartment the latter, somewhat smaller than swallows a full-face helmet enough room left for a and gloves.

The seat is opened by twisting the key to the in the ignition, and held upright by a gas The underseat storage is equipped a courtesy light, a cell charger socket and a secure for your phone while it is Notably absent is the incoming indicator found on the instrument of Kymco’s Grand Dink

Two large rear view are mounted on the handle bars (a change from the 2007 fairing-mounted mirrors). The mirrors are completely vibration-free, thanks in to the surprising smoothness for the single-cylinder but in my opinion their stalks have been a tad taller I to tilt my head down to use them. The instrument panel is it contains a large central a rev counter to the left, and coolant and fuel gauges to the right.

A LCD display in the speedo has a dashboard an odometer and two trip meters in kilometers and one in miles. The speedo is with km/h markings in on an outer ring and mph markings in red on an ring. There is a comprehensive of warning lights, including to tell you that the side is extended or that the seat is

The Xciting has large wheels by standards 15” in front and at the back which combine its considerable length to keep it on the road. Suspension is by 38 mm conventional forks in front, and dual shocks with preload-adjustable at the back.

And interesting (and sensible) feature is that, it’s lesser brethren hordes of Chinese 125s festoon our roads these the Xciting’s engine fixed to the and not mounted on the swing arm. reduces the unsprung weight and handling, especially on uneven surfaces. Scooters lack the braking inherent to conventional and it stands to reason that a this heavy needs stopping power.

The Xciting well in this department, dual disk brakes on the wheel and a single disk on the wheel. It is here that interesting Kymco feature the two brake levers on the handle operate in an unexpected fashion. the right-hand lever operates the two calipers, the left hand operates the rear caliper and one caliper.

This means that it is to brake the rear wheel unless you resort to using the brake (and I kid you not, it has a parking brake!).

For safety you have to apply the left-hand lever in order to start the engine. The side stand needs to be retracted, which that you need to place the on its centre stand to pre-warm the The engine starts easily, on a cold morning (such as we been experiencing lately) and into a steady idle.

At the fact that the engine is a makes itself known, but the of vibration is more of a mild than anything else (it out as the engine speed increases, and at 5 000 rpm is almost no vibration). As with all CVT there is a slight lag on pull-away, but the disengages more quickly expected. Due to the torque of the big engine at 5 000 rpm) this is no problem, and the doesn’t suffer from dip you get with smaller scooters their clutches disengage.

With peak power of kW at 7500 rpm, this is not the powerful 500cm3 engine out and acceleration doesn’t feel dramatic. Kymco claims a seconds 0-100 km/h and judging by the way I leave cars a traffic lights, this may not be too far from reality. I recall the at Biking Accessories (where we the scooter) telling me that bike is deceptively fast, and I

Kymco Xciting 500i

The apparent lack of urge the effectiveness of the tall screen) you of a real sense of speed, and I often found myself much faster than I had The speedo is (I suspect) extremely and I think that the indicated 170 I’ve seen at the 8000 rpm red is closer to 150 km/h or so in real

But 150 km/h on a scooter is certainly to be ashamed of, although her tendency to a little under hard or in response to an uneven road at this speed doesn’t confidence. Up to (an estimated) 140 km/h, the Xciting is as steady as you could for.

Some reviewers the Xciting is a little too bulky to be as a commuter, but I haven’t found to be problem in a week of commuting Pretoria and Johannesburg the handle are no wider than the FZ6 I had previously (which my son has gleefully inherited). Due to the still being broken in, hasn’t been a priority in the week, and as a result I can’t on fuel consumption.

Without being able to it with cold, hard I am willing to wager that the will turn out to be reasonably Braking, as I’ve mentioned is impressive I have had to make the emergency stops in the rush traffic, and I have yet to lock a

One advantage of the Xciting’s braking came to light during I was able to keep my left on the combination brake lever operating the throttle with the hand. This way I still has to both front and rear which has proven adequate in all but the of emergencies. Handling, while not up to bike standards, is good and I have been able to corners at faster than

I have yet to run out of ground clearance leaning into a corner, but I that if I do, there will be to spare.

All in all, the Xciting is a competent sufficient power for the open and nimble enough to be a pleasure in I think the market for maxi in South Africa is limited may lack the macho appeal men look for in their bikes, and sheer size may be intimidating to If so, more’s the pity: the Xciting is a with such a good of features and characteristics that it a far greater audience than it is to get.

This scooter is than having two bikes in one it is about anything you want it to be at any time. You could do a lot worse investing in one of these.

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


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