KYMCO XCITING 250 / 500


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Originally launched internationally for 2005, the Xciting was Kymco’s first maxi-scooter and served as their flagship maxi offering in North America from 2005 to 2014. After 10 years, the Xciting was dropped from Kymco’s 2015 lineup, but returned to the USA for 2016. In Canada the Xciting has been offered continually from 2005 to present.

Models
Over it’s run in North America, three distinct versions of the Xciting 500 have been sold along with one version of the Xciting 250. The Xciting first entered the USA market as a 500cc model for 2006 (below right). A year later Kymco added a 250cc variant, which was the same scooter aside from the smaller displacement engine.

Part way through its lifecycle, Kymco replaced the standard version Xciting with a sportier new ‘Ri’ denoted edition (top left). This 2009 Xciting Ri (available in 250cc and 500cc variants) added fuel injection, a reworked seat and sportier styling touches. A tinted windscreen replaced the regular one, the brake calipers were dipped in red paint and a number of blacked out components (including the rims) were added for a more aggressive look. The Xciting Ri also came with the option of ABS (+$500), which was a first for Kymco.

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Canadians got a look at the Xciting Ri a year earlier, when it was introduced there for 2008. This was the first time Canadians were offered the Xciting scooter, although the 250 variant was never imported. The Xciting 500 Ri remains on sale in Canada as of 2016.

Ri or not, the Xciting 250 was never a top seller for Kymco USA, perhaps due to the high number of 250cc displacement scooters competing for attention in Kymco’s showrooms. Kymco sold four
other 250’s in the USA during this period. After a five year run (2007 - 2011), Kymco withdrew the Xciting 250 from America shores.

With the eight year old Xciting 500 showing its age, Kymco gave it an overhaul for 2013 and introduced the third distinct version of the Xciting 500 again called the Xciting Ri. The front end of the scooter was tastefully restyled and is easily identified by it’s new dual headlights (below) that are reminiscent of Kymco’s
Downtown 300. Kymco also gave the brakes some attention, with a new generation of ABS replacing the older system.

With the update, the $6399 non-ABS version was discontinued, so $6899 is the price of admission for the updated ABS equipped edition ($6995 in Canada). Despite the revisions,
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the name was unchanged (Xciting 500 Ri ABS), although occasionally you’ll see it referred to as the ‘Xciting 500 ABS SII.

Motors
The larger Xciting 500 gets its own unique motor from Kymco - a 498.5cc DOHC mill. This single cylinder thumper puts out 40 HP at 7500 RPM, which is good enough for a 10.3 second jaunt up to 60mph on its way up to a 100mph top speed. It’s not as fast as the parallel twin motors found in Honda
Silverwing and Yamaha’s TMAX, but it sips gas with the best of them - typically posting economy between 45-50 mpg. For comparison, the TMAX reaches in 60mph in just over 8 seconds.

With the Ri update, the Xciting scooters were the first North American Kymco scooters to use fuel injection. The smaller Xciting 250 used a fuel injection version of 249cc motor also found in the
Grandvista 250 and Bet & Win 250. This single cam, liquid cooled single cylinder motor hauls around the same frame and body as the larger motor, so performance is predictably slower while milage is higher at 55-60mpg.

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Brakes / Suspension / Handling
The Xciting uses dual disc brakes up front, which is pretty standard for the scooters of this size. A single disc brake can be found in the rear. The Xciting added the $500 option of ABS for 2009, which became a standard feature for 2013. Non-ABS braking performance models is said to be fair, while lagging the Yamaha TMAX and Suzuki Burgman 650 by a small margin. ABS typically doesn’t reduce stopping distances a lot, but it makes hard stops much easier to do without worry of losing control.

Handling of the scooter is said to be fine under normal use, but a bit unpredictable when the scooter is pushed hard. The Xciting uses adjustable rear shocks and four position adjustable brake levers, so there’s some room to dial in the suspension for your body.

Storage & Convenience
The Xciting’s instrumentation is based around a symmetrical three gauge cluster. An analog speedo occupies the center position, while a tachometer and fuel/coolant temp gauge reside on its flanks. Stylistically, the gauges are nice without breaking any new ground. Below the speedo, a small display offers information on miles travelled, engine diagnostics and the time of day.

Elsewhere, the Xciting boasts a pretty full list of features.
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The seat boasts a cavernous storage area replete with a 12V power outlet and storage area light. On the seat itself, an adjustable backrest is equipped for the driver. Auxiliary storage exists up front in the form a nicely sized and lockable glovebox. Other nice touches include a side stand and center stand, a parking brake and rather nice folding passenger pegs.

Discussion
The Xciting 500 takes on other popular maxi-scooters using a value focused approach that delivers a lot of features for a low MSRP. Kymco USA originally priced the Xciting at $6299 (non-ABS) and in later years it crept to $6399 or $6899 with ABS (now the only option for 2013). Canadian MSRP is $6995 with standard ABS. These prices are typically about two grand less than competing scooters including Suzuki’s Burgman 400 / 650, Honda’s Silverwing, Piaggio’s X9 500 and Yamaha’s TMAX.

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Kymco’s value oriented approach makes these scooter an appealing ride for a lot of customers. The single cylinder motor lacks the outright power of the competing parallel twin motors, but it still offers ample power and keeps the costs down. Similarly, the brakes are more than adequate for the job, while not matching the TMAX’s superlative brakes which were taken almost unchanged from Yamaha’s R1 sportbike.

Ultimately, the Xciting is a good fit for riders who don’t demand the utmost in performance from their machines. This Kymco trades a bit of prowess in the handling and acceleration departments, for a much lower MSRP. Buyers looking for a capable scooter with an affordable MSRP will find nothing not to like with the Xciting 500 and as such, it represents a great value option in the maxi-scooter class.

The Xciting 250 was less clear in its purpose. It had the looks, comforts (and weight) of a maxi-scooter but the 250cc engine wasn’t well suited to high speed touring. On level road it can achieve 75mph, but it’ll lag behind faster maxi-scooters up hills or on windy days. If you keep the speeds down then milage is better, but if you’re flogging it to keep up then you won’t notice much of a savings at the pump. Ultimately the choice depends on your intended use. 250cc will definitely be enough power for non-interstate cruising, but the 500 is the well rounded machine that provides the complete package. If you’re looking at the Xciting 250 then a few other touring oriented alternatives from the same era include Kymco’s
Grandvista 250, Honda’s Helix and Yamaha’s Morphous.

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Pros:
* Great value
* ABS

Cons:
* Below average fuel milage
* Heavy and slow (for a 500cc) motor

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Key Specs - Xciting 250:
* Engine: Liquid cooled, 249cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Transmission: CVT
* Bore & Stroke: 72.7mm x 60mm
* Fuel Delivery: Electronic Fuel Injection
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 61.8”
* Weight: 407 lbs
* Starter: Electric
* Seat height: 30.5”
* Fuel Tank: 3.4 gallons / 13 liter
* Brakes: Dual Disc/Dual Piston (Front), Single Disc/Dual Piston (Rear), ABS Optional
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Dual adjustable shocks
* Tires: 120/70-15 (Front), 150/70-14 (Rear)
* Years Sold: 2007 - Present (USA)
* MSRP: $5249 (2011)
* 2010 Colors: Blue, Pewter

Key Specs - 2006 - 2012 Xciting 500:
* Engine: Liquid cooled, DOHC, 498.5cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Power 40hp @ 7500 RPM, 30.1 lbs-ft torque @5500 RPM
* Acceleration: 0 - 60mph = 10.3 seconds
* Transmission: CVT
* Bore & Stroke: 92mm x 75mm
* Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
* Fuel Delivery: Carb (2006 - 2008), Electronic Fuel Injection (+2009)
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 61.8”
* Weight: 521 lbs
* Starter: Electric
* Seat height: 30.25”
* Fuel Tank: 3.4 gallons / 13 liter
* Brakes: Dual Disc/Dual Piston (Front), Single Disc/Dual Piston (Rear), ABS Optional
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Dual adjustable shocks
* Tires: 120/70-15 (Front), 150/70-14 (Rear)
* Years Sold: 2006 - 2014 (USA), 2008 - 2014 (Canada)
* MSRP: 2012 = $6299 (add $500 for the ABS model)

Key Specs - 2013-Present Xciting 500:
* Engine: Liquid cooled, DOHC, 499cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke
* Power 37.8hp @ 7000 RPM, 30.5 lbs-ft torque @5500 RPM
* Transmission: CVT
* Fuel Delivery: EFI
* Drive: Belt
* Wheelbase: 61.8”
* Weight: 462 lbs
* Starter: Electric
* Seat height: 30.7”
* Fuel Tank: 3.4 gallons / 13 liter
* Brakes: Dual Disc/Dual Piston (Front), Single Disc/Dual Piston (Rear), ABS standard
* Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
* Rear Suspension: Dual adjustable shocks
* Tires: 120/70-15 (Front), 150/60-14 (Rear)
* Years Sold: 2013, 2014, 2016 - Present (USA), 2013 - Present (Canada)
* MSRP: $6899 (USA 2016)

USA Colors:
2006 - 2012: Red, White, Pewter (ABS Only)
2013: Gold, Gray
2014: Gold, Gray
2016: Gold, Charcoal

Canada Colors:
2008 - 2012: Red, White, Pewter (ABS Only)
2013: Red, Grey, White
2014: Red, Black
2015: Red, Black