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  • 04-12-2009 12:52 AM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R Specs

    The highway legal Maxi-Scooter category has pretty much been the domain of the big Japanese companies, with a couple of Italian rides added to the mix. Certainly one of the most popular of these is the Honda Reflex, and with good reason - just ask pretty much anybody who owns one. For my purposes here, I am going to use the Reflex as a reference point for comparison with the Xciting, but one could probably consider the Yamaha Majesty and Suzuki Burgman 400 as well. Let me preface this by saying that I am not knocking any of these fine scooters, just trying to give my honest opinion... so no "hate" email please, as always, humorous bashing of me and my opinions is welcome.

    Since I first posted this announcement, I have had the opportunity to put some miles on an Exciting - see the full review below.

    The Honda Reflex is a 250cc liquid-cooled powered automatic scoot, as is the Xciting. Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) is available on the Reflex, and as it's included on the Xciting, that's the Reflex pricing I will be referencing. The Xciting also has dual front disc brakes and single rear disc, the Reflex is single front and rear. The Reflex has a one-year factory warranty, the Xciting has a two-year warranty. The quality of components and fit & finish on both the Reflex and Xciting is top notch.

    So what's the big deal about the Xciting? It's $1,000.00 less expensive than the Reflex. At the time of this writing, the Reflex ABS is $5,999.00 and the Xciting is $4,899.00. For comparison, the Yamaha Majesty (400cc) is $5,799.00 and the Suzuki Burgman 400 is $5,699.00. In the title of this rambling, I put bargain in quotes because in my opinion none of these machines are in the impulse-buy pricing category. As such, bargain is a relative term.

     

    Despite the scowling face (I find it reminds me of Eric Cartman's "I hate you guys" face), Bob of Scooterville was obviously very pleased with this machine. It was Bob's recommendation (along with the article in Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly ) that convinced me to purchase a Kymco People 250 for my "touring" scooter. That acquisition has left me with nothing but good to say about Kymco. Will I be rushing out to trade in my People for an Xciting? Probably not. If I could talk my wife into letting me get an Xciting,maybe even selling her Vino in the process, would I do it? In a cold second. Being of normal height (as you can see in the picture, Bob is freakishly tall - I'd say six feet at least as opposed to the much more ordinary 5' 8" of a normal person) and rotund build, I don't know if I really would tour two-up on the People or the Exciting. I do think they'd make a great his-and-hers pair.

    You can not beat cubic feet!!
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  • 04-12-2009 08:51 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    Thanks for your reply Gadget - As you seem to be interested, here are a few more things that I have done to the bike to enhance it - Pin-striping has taken away the 'bland' look - I used red to match the red brake calipers. If you do it too - use the smallest / narrow 'est' size so that you can turn tight corners easily. Make sure the paintwork is free of grease ( I use meths). You will need a very sharp small craft knife to cut the tape. DO NOT  stretch the tape and do not be frightened of reworking the tape. If it gets dirty,throw it away and start again. If the tape is too cold, use a hair dryer to make plyable. When finished heat (not too hot) with hair dryer in order to get a good bond between the adhesive and the paintwork. Getting oil filters was difficult at first due to delays in delivery but I found out by trial and error and the internet that the Yamaha T Max 500 filter is the same. Part No. 5DM-13440-00. I was able to get a discount on these. DO NOT fit a substitute filter of same internal performance specification which is slightly longer, as when a pillion passenger is carried it is hit by the centre stand (which is more flexible than expected). Stick to the original short-length filter. In the same area - For some reason there is no buffer on the LH / nearside centre stand arm to protect the sump from damage (this can happen - again when carrying passenger and going over one of those nasty little speed humps. I fitted a short length of radiator hose (cut down the middle) and held in place by a radiator hose clip. ( it works!). Lastly. After about 10000kms I added differential "slip" additive to the axle oil. Don't use it until the bike has done quite a few kms or you will inhibit running / bedding in. Cheers once again.

  • 04-12-2009 10:26 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

     they are a nice looking scoot and i was interested in one when i wanted but couldnt afford a tmax

     

    could get one then for $7500 ride away!

     

    i'd expect more power from the 500cc though, considering it makes less power and tq than my 460cc

     

    but then again the new gilera 500cc makes the same power and tq as the old 460cc did :s

  • 04-12-2009 11:18 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R Compare

     2009 Kymco Xciting 500R  Specifications RRP $7,799+ ORC

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, flat single 
    Displacement: 498.5cc
    Bore and Stroke:92 x 75mm
    Compression: Ratio 10.5:1.
    Maximum power: 37 hp / 27.5Kw at 7 500rpm.
    Maximum torque: 37.1Nm at 5 000rpm.
    Fuel Delivery: EFI fuel injection
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Digital TCI / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Top speed: 140 km/hr:
    Dry Weight: 221kg 
    Seat Height: 830mm.(31.5 inches
    Fuel Capacity: 12.8 litres
    Wheelbase: 1 590mm

    2009 Kymco Myroad 700i Specifications $8990 +ORC.

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, parallel twin 
    Displacement: 699.5 cc
    Bore and Stroke:83.0 x 73.0 mm
    Compression: Ratio 10.6:1
    Maximum power: 55.5 HP (45.5 kW)) @ 7250 RPM
    Maximum torque: 63.30 @ 6000 RPM
    Fuel Delivery: EFI fuel injection
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Digital: TCI / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Top speed: 170 km/hr:
    Dry Weight: 268.0 kg 
    Seat Height: 750 mm (29.5 inches
    Fuel Capacity: 17.00 litres
    Dimensions: L / W / H (mm) 2330 X 830 X 1510
     

    2009 Nexus 500 Specifications $9990 +ORC.

    Engine: single cylinder four-stroke
    Displacement: 460cc
    Bore x Stroke 92 x 69 mm
    Maximum power: 40bhp @ 7,500rpm
    Maximum torque: 42Nm @ 5,750rpm
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Electronic inductive discharge   / Electric Start
    Brakes: front twin 260mm Brembo discs, rear single 240mm Brembo disc
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Dry weight: 199kg
    Seat height: 795mm
    Fuel capacity: 15 litres

     

    Yamaha YP 250 Majesty  Specifications $7990 +ORC.

    Engine Liquid cooled , four stroke, 2 valve single cylinder
    Capacity 249 cc
    Bore x Stroke 69 x 66.8 mm
    Compression Ratio  10:01
    Induction  carby
    Ignition C.D.I / Electric Starting
    Max Power 15.1 hp @ 6200 rpm
    Max Torque 1.9 kg-m /20 Nm @ 5200 rpm
    Transmission  /  Drive CVT
    Front Suspension hydraulic dampening.front
    Rear Suspension  twin shocks rear
    Front Brakes Single 245mm disc
    Rear Brakes Single 230mm disc
    Front Tyre110/90-12
    Rear Tyre 130/70-12
    Seat Height 730 mmDry-
    Weight 162 kg
    Fuel Capacity 11lt
    Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0 13.9 m / 40.3 m
    Standing ΒΌ Mile  19.0 sec / 1 07.7 kmh

    2009 Yamaha Majesty 400 Specifications $8990 +ORC.

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, Single-Cylinder
    Displacement: 395 cc
    Bore and Stroke:83.0 x 73.0 mm
    Compression: Ratio 10.6:1
    Maximum power: 33.52 HP (24.5 kW)) @ 7250 RPM
    Maximum torque: 36.30 Nm (3.7 kgf-m or 26.8 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
    Fuel Delivery: fuel injection
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Digital TCI / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Dry Weight: 197.0 kg 
    Seat Height: 750 mm (29.5 inches
    Fuel Capacity: 14.00 litres

    2009 Yamaha TMAX Specifications RRP 12,990 + OCR

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, parallel twin
    Displacement: 499 cc
    Bore and Stroke: 66 x 73mm
    Compression: Ratio 11:1
    Maximum power: 44.3 HP 32.6 kW @ 7,500 rpm
    Maximum torque: 47.6 Nm (4,85kg-m) @ 6,250 rpm
    Fuel Delivery: Twin Mikuni 31mm fuel injection
    Lubrication: Dry Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Digital TCI / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Dry Weight: 222kg
    Seat Height: 800mm (31.5'')
    Fuel Capacity: 15 litres

    2009 Honda Forza EX  Specifications RRP $8.990+OCR

    Engine 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
    Displacement: 249.00 cc SOHC 2 valves per cylinder
    Bore and Stroke: 72.7mm x 60mm
    Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
    Maximum power: 21.45 HP (15.7 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
    Maximum torque: 22.00 Nm (2.2 kgf-m or 16.2 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
    Fuel Delivery: 30mm CV with auto-enricher
    Lubrication: WET Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid 
    Ignition: Fully transistorized  / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Seat Height: 710 mm (28.0 inches
    Fuel Capacity: 11 litres


    2009 Honda SilverWing  Specifications RRP $13,990+ORC

    Engine 4-stroke:, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, parallel twin
    Displacement: 582 cc DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
    Bore and Stroke: 72 x 71.5mm
    Compression Ratio: 11:1
    Maximum power: 49 HP 36.6 kW @ 7,000 rpm
    Maximum torque: 53 Nm (39.1 ft.lbs) @ 5,500 rpm
    Fuel Delivery: Mikuni 31mm fuel injection
    Lubrication: Dry Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid 
    Ignition: TCI / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch 
    Dry Weight: 215kg
    Seat Height: 740mm (29.5'')
    Fuel Capacity: 16.1 litres

    2009 Suzuki Burgman 400 Specifications RRP $10,290+OCR

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, Single-Cylinder
    Displacement: 385 cc DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
    Bore and Stroke: 83.0 x 71.2mm
    Compression Ratio:  10.2 : 1
    Maximum power: 29 bhp (23.5 Kw) @ 7,500 rpm
    Maximum torque: 32 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
    Fuel Delivery: Keihin CVK36
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid
    Ignition: Digital/Transistorized / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Dry Weight: 184 kg
    Seat Height: 695 mm (28.5 in.)
    Fuel Capacity: 13 liter

    2009 Suzuki Burgman 650 Specifications RRP for Burger $13,290+ ORC

    Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, parallel twin
    Displacement: 638cc DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
    Bore and Stroke: 75.5 x 71.3mm
    Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
    Maximum power: 50 hp (37.3 kW) @ 7000 rpm
    Maximum torque: 60 Nm (44.3 ft. lbs) @ 5000 rpm
    Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection 32 mm
    Lubrication: Wet Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid 
    Ignition: Digital/Transistorized / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Dry Weight: 238kg
    Seat Height: 750mm (31.5 in.)
    Fuel Capacity: 15 liter

    2009 GTS 250 Executive  Specifications RRP $3.300+OCR

    Engine 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
    Displacement: 249.00 cc SOHC 2 valves per cylinder

    Bore x  Stroke: 69 X 67 (mm x mm)

    Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
    Maximum power: 15.5 HP (11.1 kW)) @ 5500 RPM
    Maximum torque: 22.00 Nm (2.2 kgf-m or 16.2 ft.lbs) @ 4500 RPM
    Fuel Delivery: 30mm CV with auto-enricher
    Lubrication: WET Sump
    Cooling system: Liquid 
    Ignition: Fully transistorized  / Electric Start
    Transmission: CVT Fully automatic with centrifugal clutch
    Seat Height: 710 mm (28.0 inches
    Dry Weight 140kg

    Fuel Capacity: 11 litres

     

     

     

    You can not beat cubic feet!!
    http://www.plugincars.com.au
  • 04-13-2009 10:52 AM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R Compare

     actually the piaggio master engine is now 492.7cc with 30kw@ 7250 rpm & 43.3Nm@ 6500 rpm.

    this data is from the piaggio engine website. all data is quoted for crankshaft.

    argentum melle
  • 04-13-2009 09:32 PM In reply to

    • Shags
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    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

     Hi Tony, just got back from a 500 klm trip to sort of help run in the scooter.  I am 55 years old and am just getting back on bikes after a 5 year break.  I have ridden bikes all that time (started with bush bashers when I was 11 and have owned just about all british and jap bikes since, even had a Harley) and the only reason I went to a scooter is that I have a banged-up left leg/foot and find it hard to change gears on a normal bike.  After this trip on the xciting I wish I had one of these years ago, I love it.  This machine is a shitload of fun and has instant take-off.  I must admit I'm a ratbag so I have to constantly watch the speedo as one stage of run-in it accidently crept up to 145 klm/h (yes I know the speedo is 20% out) but the slightest touch of throttle and this thing  just wants to party. Kymco  definately got the naming right with this model, 100%  Xciting.   If anyone has any doubts about buying one take it from me you will never regret it, might even be better than sex.

  • 04-14-2009 10:27 AM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    Hi Shags - Glad you like the Xciting 500 - By the way - You can have the sex too! Take your girlfriend with you, the bike doesn't seem to mind, and it makes no difference to performance in 'cruising' mode. The only trouble is - I want to stay on the bike longer than my girlfriend. A nice bike tends to do that to a bloke. Cheers.

  • 04-14-2009 10:49 AM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

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    Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile

  • 05-14-2009 03:14 PM In reply to

    • kenko
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    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

     Love my Xceee...done 12k on her and just gets better.

    Would like to try some of Tony's mods one day.

    Do have trouble with cold morning starts sometime...any clues ?

     If you can only have one two wheeler better make it Xciting.

    Bang for buck,unbeatable.

    Kenko in Brissie Cool

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  • 05-14-2009 06:49 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    Kenko - ref cold starting. When first switching on ignition a. allow electric fuel pump a little time (will stop when faint sound has stopped) and b. wait a further ten seconds or so before using starter. This advise only applies only to first cold start or after prolonged period of non-use. cheers.

  • 05-15-2009 12:09 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    Kenco - the advise is "power" related. The fuel pump needs adequate power firstly followed by the electronics.

    If the starter is used too soon when exceptionally cold, the high power absorbtion by the battery will reduce the

    available amps / "balls" that the other components are calling for at that time. Thus if the 'components get what

    they require first, there is less likelihood of ignition being aborted immediately. Hope this helps. Cheers again.

  • 05-15-2009 04:37 PM In reply to

    • kenko
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    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

     

    Anybody have experience fitting after market exhuast on the 500 ?

    Guys in Canada can buy an EMGO for $50 which bolts straight on.

    Looks good too !!

     

    p.s Cassons are agents but have none. Sad

  • 08-23-2009 11:53 PM In reply to

    • bb66
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    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    I would agree. This is a very good scoot... especially for the price. Excellent performance and comfort for this value. "VERY" reliable. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants great performance without breaking the bank. The Japanese scoots are "way" over-priced and don't deliver much more than the Kymco (if at all). Cetainly not in the realm of performance. Maybe a little more in the fit and finish department? No reason to spend the extra bundle. Just my opinion.

  • 08-25-2009 11:03 AM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    One of the former forum members had no end of problems & frustration with the speedo on this scooter as he felt that it was out of sync by a large margin. I don't know if it was out by the standard amount (10% +/-4km?) or if he was just being difficult, but he ended up selling the scooter not long after he bought it.

    I know on the other hand that Glenn is more than happy with his Xciting. It certainly handles extremely well in all sorts of conditions even with a passenger & the sound of the engine is truly a thing of beauty. There's some very positive reviews out there, according to one of those reviews the humble Xciting leaves even the Tmax for dead. The article makes for interesting reading if you can find it.

    Wanda
    Today 50 (2,500km), Montego. Fly (2,500km), Le Grande (7,000km), Vespa PX (200km), Vespa GTS250ie (46,000km), now looking at the world through Ruby coloured glasses on a Vespa GTV300ie Vie Della Moda.
  • 08-25-2009 02:40 PM In reply to

    Re: Kymco Xciting 500R

    Scooternut:
    the humble Xciting leaves even the Tmax for dead
    Turn it up!!!! You are 'Nutters'...SurpriseWink

    And from the same review "Cameron's humble Hyundai Getz 1.5 automatic 5 door hatch leaves even the BMW M3 for dead..."  Smile

     

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