Originally Posted by vainamoinen
Ok! Surfing the net yesterday i stumbled upon an kymco xciting 500 which had an great price. I know that it is not what i was asking about but any info on that? It is an 2006 model. Mister Cortez Sir?
Yessir, very familiar with that scooter.
Very heavy, probably as heavy as it gets in that class, I believe it was rated
at around 525lbs dry, and rather sluggish up to 50mph (250cc performance).
It was also very thirsty if it's not a fuel injected model, and in 2006 we
didn't have F.I. on the XC500.
The pluses are an extremely stable ride, very confidence inspiring on open
roads and holds it's line well in high speed twisties. It's virtually bullet proof.
THe minuses.. well.. it's got 400cc type performance because of the weight
and it reacts well to CVT tuning. Fuel consumption mentioned already,
people locally are getting about 40MPG, or worse in urban enviroments.
The F.I. is slightly better and slightly faster.
It's also a pig around town, much like a Majesty 400, only worse. It refuses
to change direction - takes some effort.
EU model had linked brakes, they're great, very hard to lock up the front.
Spec sheet says 89mph top speed, and the speedowill happily lie up to 110mph.
Bottom line - slower then most 500s, thirstier then most too if not FI,
and built better then some. Roller weights and belt costs more then for
italian scoots, and lasts longer then all of them. Brake pads also last up
to 30k miles (hard compound).
Best of all, it's probably gonna be the cheapest 500 you can get, and it's
made to last unlike some more expensive options.
I could live with it.
I would have owned a 500Ri w/ ABS if it wasn't sold right before I sold
my Kawasaki. Didn't want to wait for another one (3-4 months) so I
got the DT300.