Since 1992, the Taiwanese company Kymco has offered reliable, attractive scooters to consumers at excellent prices. Because the Kymco company uses Honda-inspired designs in their scooter engines, replacement parts, accessories, and alteration kits are easy to find and surprisingly inexpensive. Kymco scooters are fuel efficient and comfortable enough for daily commuting, but they are also a fun ride for touring the countryside on the weekends. Kymco scooters are low-maintenance, and since they are simply designed, owners report that they have no difficulty modifying them to improve performance. The Kymco Xciting was the first maxi-scooter that the Kymco company added to its lineup. The Xciting is still the flagship maxi-scooter model that Kymco sells in North America.
The 2006 Kymco Xciting lives up to everything long-time Kymco fans have come to expect. The Xciting has attractive, aerodynamic styling, a comfortable seat, and a reliable motor. Kymco created two models of the Xciting. One model features a 250 cc engine, and is a bit lighter in weight and nimbler in traffic. The other model of the Xciting has a 500 cc engine. If drivers typically face hilly terrain, this model may be the better choice since the engine is more powerful. However, it is slightly heavier and less agile.
Test drivers were very pleased with the road performance of the Kymco Xciting. The motor scooter reached speeds of up to 85 miles per hour. This scooter has fair acceleration, going from zero to 60 in a bit over ten seconds. Drivers said that the Xciting handles very well at moderate speeds, but at higher speeds, the Xciting is a little awkward. This scooter features larger tires than many other similar scooters, and those tires help ensure a smoother ride. The suspension of the Xciting did very well in highway tests, giving drivers a very pleasant riding experience. The brakes did exactly what they were designed to do, providing secure stopping at various speeds during test rides.
The 2006 Kymco Xciting has fair sized under-seat storage. The storage area easily contained a ¾ helmet. However, for long jaunts or for shopping, drivers may want to purchase luggage to install on the rear rack. The only negative feature mentioned was that the passenger accommodations were not as comfortable as expected. Those who plan to do a lot of riding double may want to spend considerable time test riding with two people aboard to ensure a comfortable fit. The 2006 Kymco Xciting is not an incredibly luxurious, fancy scooter, but for the relatively low MSRP, this scooter is a great value.