Test Kymco XCITING 500 Motors TV

1 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Kymco XCITING 500 Motors TV

Kymco XCITING 500 test

Intro: Made in Taiwan

When a product carries the Made in Taiwan ticket- consumers usually have reason to be wary. It was with this in mind that we test rode Kymco-s first Maxi Scooter- the Xciting 500.

After having shaken up the small cylinder segment- after launching the city quad- Kymco is setting its sights on the unforgiving world of the GT scooter. The Taiwanese constructor nicked some ideas from the competition to offer up this Xciting- which is ready to take on Europe.

Esthetique: Very familiar

First positive concerns the design. For a first attempt- the lines of the Xciting are particularly successful and you-ll even notice a few traits taken from Yamaha-s T-Max. We also like the diversity of materials- including plastic- metal and chrome.

Some finish details are more disappointing. That is why we remain perplexed concerning the life expectancy of the driver-s stowage compartments. Kymco should also rethink the running board of the scooter.

Practical aspects are essential when it comes to an urban machine and in this domain the Xciting is better than average – the boot offers decent volume- it can easily store your helmet and a few personal effects. You can also plug in you mobile phone and a 12-volt charger.

The dashboard lacks for nothing and is easy to read. With this list of equipment- the petrol cap opens from the ignition. The Xciting is doted with a generous 18-litre tank- illuminating the need for frequent petrol stops.

Motorization: Timid

Kymco Xciting 500i

A red light for the engine-s character. It doesn-t have the nervousness of the Yamaha 500 or Aprilia. Its 220 kilograms makes for difficult acceleration- which we must admit is rather soft- and one has the impression of being aboard a large 125.

On the other hand- once the speedometer exceeds 40km/h- the 43 brake horsepower of the Xciting comes to life. The Kymco profits from a long and smooth power band that will power the machine to 150km/h.

On the road: Made for the motorway

The brake system is reassuring and like most modern scooters- it relies on torque as well to slow down. Having said that we would have preferred a better fork set up because this one has a tendency to bounce on rougher road surfaces.

At 5500 Euros the Xciting-s price tag remains appealing. Kymco should have thought about offering a different compromise than that of its Japanese and Italian brethren. The Xciting is more at home on the motorway or a large boulevard than on the twisty and small urban streets.

This is a GT conception made in Taiwan.

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

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