For those who like to go on long distance touring but still prefer the convenience of a “twist-n-go” transmission, Kymco Philippines offer their flagship model, the Xciting 400i. Currently having the biggest displacement in the Taiwanese firm’s scooter line-up, the Xciting 400i complies with the 400 cc minimum requirement of our tollways. This means you can skip the conjested streets of small towns and municipalities that surround Metro Manila and hit the open roads straight away. What makes this maxi-scooter “exciting” for the rider is its fuel-injected, single cylinder liquid cooled engine that churns out 26.5 kw@7000 rpm and 37 kgm@6000 rpm. Such figures are more than enough for keeping up with tollway traffic, and then some.
The Xciting 400i is fitted with a double-cradle steel frame to give it proper composure when running at a spirited pace. An integrated wind shield offers the upper body some protection from wind and road debris. It can also help minimize bug splatter on your helmet visor, if you really like to ride that fast. The plastic body panels shields the lower extremities without compromising cornering clearance. Kymco claims a 42-degree leaning angle for this big boy. Like most maxi-scooters, this one also runs on fat 120/70 – 15” (front) and 150/70 – 14” (rear) tires. To put this 193-kilogram machine to a halt are twin 280 mm disks in front and a single disk at the rear. When you’re done riding, don’t forget to engage parking brake lever toensure your ride stays put even when parked on inclined surfaces.
A proper tourer should have some creature-comfort features and the Xciting 400i has a few of its own. The 42.7-liter capacity under seat compartment is accessed with a turn of the ignition key and the seat is flipped open by hydraulics. There’s even a tiny dome light which will be very useful when parked in a dark basement slot. For shopping bags or other light items, you can use the foldable luggage hook situated just above the floor board. As for your electronic gadgets, stow them inside the glovebox and keep them fully charged via a 12-volt socket. The Xciting 400i is so well suited for touring that it was even one of the vehicles chosen by History Channel to be featured in the Philippine leg of their travel-oriented show “Ride N’ Seek”.
At the price tag of P 335,000 you also get LED running lights to complement the dual halogen head lamps and a digital instrument panel with an analog tachometer for that sporty feel. Kymco is also throwing in a free 45-liter GIVI top case and a pair of Oakley sunglasses with every Xciting 400i purchase. With only a handful of options in this category, I’d say the Xciting 400i is quite competitive in terms of features and in terms of value. This scooter is clearly not just for running errands.
To know more about the Kymco Xciting 400i, visit www.kymco.com.ph