Written on: 05/04/2008 by kmunyard (1 review written)
Fast when needed.
Very stable on Freeway @120 plus
Fuel injected (new models).
Sits a little too high.
Seat need a little more length adjustment for long legged riders 6ft plus.
Hand brake handle a bit dodgy.
Kymco 500 no question best value for money maxi on the market at least here in OZ.
I am coming off a Sym 250 which has been very good and fitted me
nicely with my custom made seat (I am 6'2, old and cranky) but the Xc
500i (yes injected, spoilt I know)) is something else again.
The big plus is freeway travel, just sits like a brick but flies like a bee. I have just 2600 km i.e on the clock and really starting to loosen up. Last night decided to change oil (have a big group ride tomorrow) normally allow 15 minutes but last nite 2.5 hrs of frustration. The factory fitted filter was very stubborn to say the least. After several modifications and lots of swearing I finally beat the bastard! For info the Yamaha T-max filter is equivalent and costs less and were in stock. My dealer had nil stocks for my Xc (still new here in OZ). Here is another tip for what its worth. Keep the tyre pressure well up ,the rolling resistance is improved and tire wear will be a lot less. Go and buy a cycle pump with built in gauge. Its so easy and will save you heaps in tires or is that tyres! Only negative so far on the Xc is the weight but you cant have it all, can you? Trust Kymco sure can! Enjoy.