2006 Kymco Vitality Review


For four years, beginning in 2005, Kymco sold the Vitality motor scooter to customers in the United States. However, this scooter was originally released in overseas markets in 2001. Because the Vitality series of scooters has been on the market for many years, Kymco has had plenty of time to work out any issues with it. Therefore, owners of the 2006 model report that the Vitality is reliable, comfortable, and easy to maintain.

Although the 2006 Kymco Vitality has a somewhat sporty, aerodynamic appearance, the intention of the Taiwanese company was not for this scooter to be a typical ""sport"" scooter. The Kymco company wanted to give consumers a scooter with clean, attractive lines, yet still make the Vitality very practical for everyday commuting or errands. The Vitality has a very minimalist, modern appearance, appealing to a wide-range of users. While this motor scooter will not attract envious stares from passersby, it is a basic, comfortable scooter that one of any skill level can quickly learn to operate.

The motor of the 2006 Kymco Vitality is the same motor that has been used in most of Kymco""s 50 cc scooters. The AF18E engine is almost identical to a 50 cc Honda engine that has been in use since the 1990s. Most of the time, the 2006 Vitality was released from the factory with some restrictions on the engine, limiting the speed of the scooter. Many users are able to de-restrict the engine to ensure maximum engine performance of the Vitality. Often, these unrestricted scooters are able to achieve 45 miles per hour on level ground and up to 55 miles per hour on downhill slopes.

The 2006 Vitality is a very practical scooter choice. Its low price makes it attractive for those who need to save money, and its excellent fuel economy can help the scooter pay for itself in fuel savings over a short time. The Vitality is quite light weight, so it handles well and is well-balanced. The engine of the Vitality has proven itself to be extremely reliable, providing years of trouble-free, low-maintenance use. The only issue that some users have reported is that the Vitality is rather tall, making it a better choice for taller drivers than shorter ones.

New For 2006

  • Front disc brakes give the 2006 Vitality secure stopping at all speeds.
  • The 2006 Vitality has a good-sized storage area, perfect for transporting groceries or for helmet storage. This space will likely not accommodate a large, full-face helmet, but smaller helmets will fit well into this lockable storage area.
  • The two-stroke engine of the 2006 Kymco Vitality offers excellent horsepower and torque.

2006 Kymco Vitality Specs

  • Model: 2006 Kymco Vitality
  • Engine Type: Single-Cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 39 millimeters/ 1.54 inches; 41.4 millimeters/ 1.63 inches
  • Compression ratio: 7.2:1
  • Valve Train: Reed Valve
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric with back-up kick starter
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable (CVT)
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 liters/1.3 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 27.6-29.8 kilometers per liter/65-70 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided, swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 1296 millimeters/ 51 inches
  • Seat Height: 835 millimeters/ 32.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 96.6 kilograms/ 213 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 - 12
  • Tires (Rear): 130/70 - 12


  • The 2006 Kymco Vitality comes with a standard rear rack that can accommodate a top case.
  • The 2006 Kymco Vitality comes equipped with a side stand.
  • Dashboard instrumentation on the 2006 Vitality includes a clock along with the standard gauges.

Key Competitors For The 2006 Kymco Vitality

  • 2006 Honda Metropolitan II
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  • 2006 Aprilia SR 50 R Factory
  • 2006 SYM Jet Euro 50