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  • Page 1 Do not remove this Owner’s Manual from the vehicle. Read this manual carefully before operating the vehicle as it contains important safety information.
  • Page 2 Read this manual carefully. This Owner’s Manual contains important information on safety , operation and maintenance of your KYMCO Xciting scooter . Any one who operates your scooter should carefully read and understand the contents of this manual before riding the scooter .
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    ABS Functions ..................85 SECTION 3 - OPERATION ............ 34 - 43 Emission Information & EPA Warranty ............. 86 Pre-ride Inspection ................... 34 KYMCO Limited Scooter Warranty ............87 Starting the Engine ................35 - 37 Index ......................88 Ignition Cut-off ..................37 Identification Numbers Record ........
  • Page 4: Model Identification

    MODEL IDENTIFICATION Xciting 500i Xciting 250/300i Xciting 500Ri Xciting 250/300Ri...
  • Page 5 MODEL IDENTIFICATION Xciting 250/300/500i rear brake Xciting 250/300/500i front brakes Xciting 250/300/500Ri front brakes Xciting 250/300/500Ri rear brake...
  • Page 6: Model Identification

    MODEL IDENTIFICATION Xciting 250/300/500Ri Instruments and Indicators...
  • Page 7: Section 1 - Safety

    Due to improvements or other changes, there may be information in this manual that dif f ers slightly from your vehicle. KYMCO reserves the right to make product and publication changes at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation.
  • Page 8: Scooter Safety

    You will find many helpful recommendations throughout this approved by KYMCO for this scooter . manual. Here are some very important safety tips: Inspect your scooter before riding...
  • Page 9: Scooter Safety

    SCOOTER SAFETY 3 3 3 3 3 PROTECTIVE APPAREL 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 For your safety, always wear an approved motorcycle or scooter helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long- 4 4 4 4 4 sleeved shirt or jacket whenever you ride your scooter .
  • Page 10: Load Limits & Guidelines

    LOAD LIMITS & LOADING GUIDELINES These general guidelines may help you decide how to add 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 accessories to your scooter and how to load it properly . Load limits These specifications are the load limits for your Xciting scooter .
  • Page 11: Accessories & Modifications

    ACCESSORIES & MODIFICATION There is a large variety of accessories available to KYMCO scooter owners. KYMCO cannot have direct control over the quality or suitability of accessories you may wish to purchase. The addition of unsuitable accessories to your scooter can lead to unsafe operating conditions.
  • Page 12: Caution & Warning Labels

    Anyone who rides the scooter should read and understand this information before operation. The labels should be con- sidered permanent parts of the vehicle. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your KYMCO dealer immedi- ately for a replacement. For Xciting 500i/Ri only...
  • Page 13 CAUTION & WARNING LABELS MEANING: Refer to the safe riding recommendations on pages 5 through 9 of this Owner’s Manual. MEANING: Refer to load limits on page 8 of this Owner’s Manual. Refer to tire inflation specification on page 71 of this Owner’s Manual.
  • Page 14 CAUTION & WARNING LABELS MEANING: Using a solvent, such as gasoline or paint thinner, can damage the paint finish and cause the body panels to crack. Use mild soap and water to clean the windshield and the body panels. MEANING: Only use the mobile phone accessory power outlet for recharging a mobile phone.
  • Page 15: Locations Of Parts & Controls

    LOCATION OF PARTS & CONTROLS 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 AK AK AK AK AK AT AT AT AT AT AL AL AL AL AL 2 2 2 2 2 6 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 7 7 7...
  • Page 16: Locations Of Parts & Controls

  • Page 17: Section 2 - Controls & Features

    SECTION 2 - CONTROLS & FEATURES Vehicle identification number Engine serial number The vehicle identification number (also known as the VIN or The engine serial number (also known as the ESN) is stamped frame number) is a 17-digit number stamped on the right side on left side of the engine case.
  • Page 18: Keys

    The shutter keys are used to open the security shutter that covers the ignition switch. Your KYMCO scooter is equipped with this security shutter to mini- mize vandalism and theft. 1 1 1 1 1 To shut the ignition keyhole security shutter: Turn the shutter key until the "SHUT"...
  • Page 19: Ignition Switch

    CONTROLS & FEATURES IGNITION SWITCH To operate the ignition switch and it’s functions: " "Position: All electrical circuits are off. The engine will not start or run. " " Position: The ignition circuit is "ON" and engine can now be started. The key can- not be removed from the ignition switch in this position.
  • Page 20: Multifunction Meter

    NOTE: The indicator needles of the multifunction meter's started, consult your KYMCO dealer immediately . analog dials will sweep from zero to their maximum read- ing then back to zero when the ignition switch is turned "ON"...
  • Page 21 EFI or electrical system. Requires immediate when the next oil service is required. inspection by a KYMCO dealer. AK Seat unlock indicator “MET -IN”: If this indicator is lit, it means NOTE: The CELP indicator lights momentarily when the seat is not locked in the closed position.
  • Page 22: Right-hand Handlebar Switch

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Electric starter button 2 2 2 2 2 " ": Right handlebar switch Press the electric starter button to activate the starter motor . NOTE: The starter motor will not engage unless a brake lever is squeezed at the same time the starter button is pressed.
  • Page 23: Left-hand Handlebar Switch

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Left handlebar switch " " position The ignition circuit is on, and the engine can start and run. 5 5 5 5 5 Hazard switch 4 4 4 4 4 " ": Flipping this switch to the " "...
  • Page 24: Brakes

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Left handlebar switch Brakes (continued) 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 Combination brake lever (left handlebar) Apply the front and rear brakes squeezing the left hand brake lever gently towards the grip. The brake light will illuminate Dimmer switch 7 7 7 7 7 : when the lever is squeezed.
  • Page 25: Parking Brake

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Parking brake (Xciting 500i & 500Ri) NOTE: Before riding, check to see if the parking brake in- dicator light on the dash is OFF. Make sure that the rear brake is fully released so there is no drag on the rear wheel. Riding your scooter with the parking brake engaged is hazardous.
  • Page 26: Fuel Filler Cap

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Fuel filler cap Do not overfill the tank. There should be no fuel in the filler neck 2 2 2 2 2 . Excess fuel can contaminate the evapo- rative emission canister, resulting in poor drivability. Fuel recommendation Use unleaded gasoline with a research octane number of 91 or higher.
  • Page 27: Front Glove Box

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Fuel filler cap (continued) 4 4 4 4 4 Turn the ignition key from the " " position to the " " posi- To close: tion to restart the engine. 1. Hold the glove box lid 4 closed and turn the ignition key Front glove box counterclockwise.
  • Page 28: Center Storage Box

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Center storage box Opening the center storage box lid while riding can 5 5 5 5 5 be hazardous. Removing a hand from the handlebars can reduce your ability to control the scooter. Always keep both hands on the handlebars while riding the scooter.
  • Page 29: Seat

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Seat To unlock the seat " ": 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 With the ignition key at the " " position (the engine is running), push the key in and turn it counterclockwise from "...
  • Page 30: Adjustable Back-rest

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Adjustable back-rest Center compartment The center compartment is below the seat. To access the com- The seat is equipped with a back-rest 1 that can be adjusted partment see "Seat" (page 27). according to the rider ’s preference or physical condition. 1 1 1 1 1 CENTER COMPARTMENT WEIGHT LIMIT: 22 lbs (10kg) Never exceed the maximum weight limit, as vehicle han-...
  • Page 31: Center Compartment Light

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Cell phone power socket Center compartment light Remove the cap 4 from the power socket and insert your The center compartment light 3 will turn on automatically when 12VDV cell phone charger into the socket. The charging indi- the seat is opened.
  • Page 32: Cell-phone Mount

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Cell phone mount This scooter is equipped a mount to secure your cell phone while it is charging. The mount secures the phone in a horizon- Do not plug any heat-generating accessory such as an tal position. automobile cigarette lighter into the power socket be- cause it can damage the socket or the scooter’s elec- 8 8 8 8 8...
  • Page 33: Helmet Holder

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Helmet holder Center stand To use the helmet holders, open the seat (see page 27), and Your Xciting scooter is equipped with a center stand 2 and a hook your helmet's fastener ring to the holder 1 and close the side stand.
  • Page 34: Side Stand

    CONTROLS & FEATURES Side stand Your Xciting scooter is equipped with a center stand and a side stand 3. Riding with the side stand not retracted can result in an accident when you turn left. Check operation of the side stand/ignition interlock sys- tem before riding.
  • Page 35: Suspension

    Be certain to adjust both shock absorbers to the same spring The diagnostic tool connector should only be accessed preload positions. by the service personnel at your authorized KYMCO Standard spring preload position: 3 dealer. Improper connection to or use of the diagnostic tool...
  • Page 36: Section 3 - Operation

    If you detect any problem, be sure to address it im- pletely in all steering positions (page 60). mediately, or have it corrected by your KYMCO dealer . 7. Lights and horn: Check that headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, indicators and horn function properly .
  • Page 37: Starting The Engine

    OPERATION Starting the engine Always follow the proper starting procedure described here and on the following pages. 1. Place your scooter on its center stand and put the side stand up. NOTE: Your scooter is equipped with a side stand igni- tion cut-off system.
  • Page 38 OPERATION 3. Open the ignition key-hole shutter. 4. Insert the ignition key and rotate the ignition switch to “ “ ON. 6. With the throttle closed, press the starter button. Release the starter button as soon as the engine starts. 2 2 2 2 2 NOTE: The low oil pressure indicator on the dash should go off within a few seconds of the engine starting.
  • Page 39: Ignition Cut-off

    Do not leave the scooter unattended while the engine is warming up. Ignition cut off (Xciting 250i/Ri, 300i/Ri & 500i/Ri models) These versions of the Xciting scooter are designed to auto- matically stop the engine and fuel pump if the scooter is tipped over (a angle detection sensor cuts off the ignition system).
  • Page 40 OPERATION The rear wheel must be locked when moving the scooter off the center stand or loss of control may result. 4 4 4 4 4 4. Unlock the rear wheel by releasing the parking brake le- ver 4 (Xciting 500i and 500Ri models). 5.
  • Page 41 OPERATION Excessive braking can cause either wheel to lock, re- ducing your control of the scooter. 6. To accelerate, open the throttle gradually; the scooter will move forward. 7. To decelerate, close throttle. 9. When approaching a corner or turn, close the throttle fully and slow the scooter down by simultaneously applying both 8.
  • Page 42 OPERATION When riding in wet or rainy conditions or on loose sur- faces, your ability to maneuver and stop will be reduced. For your safety: • Exercise extreme caution when braking, accelerating or turning. • Ride at slower speeds and allow for extra stopping distance.
  • Page 43: Parking Your Scooter

    OPERATION Parking 1. After stopping the scooter turn the ignition switch counter- clockwise to the " " (OFF) position and remove the key. 3. Lock the steering (see page 17) to help prevent theft. The exhaust pipe and muffler become very hot during operation and remain sufficiently hot for some time af- 2.
  • Page 44: Break-in Recommendations

    OPERATION Break-in recommendations The first 1000 miles (1600 km) of riding are the most impor- Avoid constant low speed: tant in the life of your scooter . Proper break-in operation dur- Operating the engine at constant low speed (light load) can ing this time will help ensure maximum life and performance cause parts to glaze and not seat in properly.
  • Page 45: Tire Break-in

    Pay particular attention to the caution and warning in maintenance schedule section. Unless you have formal training as a service techni- cian and have access to KYMCO technical reference materials, it is strongly suggested that you have the initial service performed by a KYMCO dealer.
  • Page 46: Section 4 - Maintenance

    If your scooter tips over or becomes involved in a crash, nomical and trouble-free riding. It will also help reduce air pol- be sure your KYMCO dealer inspects all major parts, lution and maximize fuel economy. even if you are able to make some repairs.
  • Page 47: Maintenance Schedule - 500i & 500ri

    * Should be serviced by your KYMCO dealer, unless you have the proper tools, service data and are technically qualified. * * In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your KYMCO dealer . KYMCO USA recommends that your KYMCO dealer road test your scooter after each periodic maintenance service is completed.
  • Page 48 MAINTENANCE - Xciting 500i & 500Ri...
  • Page 49 MAINTENANCE - Xciting 500i & 500Ri...
  • Page 50: Maintenance Schedule - 250/300i & 250/300ri

    * Should be serviced by your KYMCO dealer, unless you have the proper tools, service data and are technically qualified. * * In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your KYMCO dealer . KYMCO USA recommends that your KYMCO dealer road test your scooter after each periodic maintenance service is completed.
  • Page 51 MAINTENANCE - Xciting 250/300i & 250/300Ri...
  • Page 52 MAINTENANCE - Xciting 250/300i & 250/300Ri...
  • Page 53: Tool Kit

    MAINTENANCE Tool kit Crankcase breather drain Your scooter has a tool kit that will aid you in the maintenance Your scooter has a drain tube that permits you to drain water of your scooter. and oil that has condensed in the air cleaner . 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3...
  • Page 54: Engine Oil

    Engine oil capacity - Xciting 500i or 500Ri: 2.1 qt (2.0 L) 2. Stop the engine and put the scooter on its center stand on Engine oil capacity - Xciting 300i or 300Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L) level ground. Engine oil capacity - Xciting 250i or 250Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L)
  • Page 55: Engine Oil Change

    MAINTENANCE 3. After a few minutes, remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert the oil filler cap/dipstick without screwing it Prolonged contact with used engine oil can cause skin in. Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick. The oil level should be cancer.
  • Page 56 Engine oil capacity - Xciting 500i or 500Ri: 2.1 qt (2.0 L) Engine oil capacity - Xciting 300i or 300Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L) Engine oil capacity - Xciting 250i or 250Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L) NOTE: Amounts are after draining the oil only.
  • Page 57: Oil Filter Change

    NOTE: If you did not use a torque wrench during this pro- 2. Place a drain pan under the crankcase and remove the oil cedure, see your KYMCO dealer as soon as possible so strainer screen cap 5. the fasteners and the oil filter cartridge can be checked for proper installation.
  • Page 58 8 by removing the clip AT. gine oil to the new oil filter cartridge’ s rubber seal AL. 9. Xciting 500i & 500RI models: Using the KYMCO special 500i & 500Ri models tool and a torque wrench, install the new oil filter cartridge and tighten it to the specified torque.
  • Page 59: Transmission Fluid Change

    Engine oil capacity - Xciting 500i or 500Ri: 2.2 qt (2.1 L) Engine oil capacity - Xciting 300i or 300Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L) Engine oil capacity - Xciting 250i or 250Ri: 0.95 qt (0.9 L) NOTE: Amounts are after draining the oil and filter, only.
  • Page 60 SAE 90 Transmission fluid capacity Xciting 500i or 500Ri: 0.48 qt (0.48 L) Transmission fluid capacity Xciting 250i or 250Ri: 0.2 qt (0.18 L) 2 2 2 2 2 Xciting 300i or 300Ri: 0.2 qt (0.18 L) NOTE: Amounts are after draining the fluid, only.
  • Page 61: Air Filter Element Change

    4. Remove the air cleaner element 3 by pulling it out. 5. Discard the air cleaner element. 1 1 1 1 1 6. Install a new air cleaner element. Use the KYMCO genuine air cleaner element or an equivalent air cleaner element speci- 2. Remove air cleaner cover 1.
  • Page 62: Throttle Operation & Adjustment

    The air cleaner filter element 1 should be serviced at regular the fully open to the fully closed position at both full steering intervals by a KYMCO dealer , unless you have the proper tools, positions. service data and are technically qualified to do so.
  • Page 63: Spark Plug

    (usually a higher number; consult with your KYMCO dealer when selecting an alternate spark plug). Recommended spark plug 1. Slide the rubber sleeve 1 back to expose the throttle cable...
  • Page 64: Coolant Level Inspection

    NOTE: If the reserve tank is empty, or if coolant loss is excessive during use, check for leaks, and see your KYMCO dealer immediately for repair. Add coolant to the reserve tank only. Do not attempt to add coolant by removing the radiator cap. Coolant in the radiator is under pressure and is very hot and can cause serious burns.
  • Page 65: Coolant Replacement

    MAINTENANCE Coolant replacement The coolant in your scooter should be replaced by a KYMCO dealer, unless you have the proper tools, access to service Use only low-mineral drinking water or distilled water data, and are technically qualified. as a part of the antifreeze solution. Water that is high in NOTE: Always add coolant to the reserve tank.
  • Page 66: Suspension Adjustment

    3. Carefully inspect all front and rear suspension fasteners for tightness. NOTE: If you discover any irregularities during your sus- pension inspection, take your scooter to a KYMCO dealer 2. Put the side stand up and start the engine. immediately for service.
  • Page 67: Brake Lever Adjustment

    MAINTENANCE Brake lever adjusters Brake fluid There is an adjuster on each brake lever . Each adjuster has Brake fluid level inspection four positions so that the released lever position can be ad- With the scooter in an upright position, check the front and justed to suit the rider's hands.
  • Page 68: Brake Pad Inspection

    Front right/left brake pads Check the cutout in each brake pad, the cutout should be vis- NOTE: See your KYMCO dealer for brake pad service. ible, indicating that brake pad is not worn down to the brake rotor. If either pad is worn to the cutout, replace both pads as a set.
  • Page 69: Parking Brake Inspection

    MAINTENANCE Battery Parking brake inspection Your KYMCO scooter is equipped with a maintenance-free Xciting 500i and 500Ri models (sealed) type battery so it is not necessary to check the battery's Periodically inspect the parking brake function. Counting the electrolyte level or add distilled water.
  • Page 70: Battery Removal & Service

    MAINTENANCE Battery removal The battery is in the battery box below seat. NOTE: Always keep ignition switch OFF when servicing the battery. 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3.
  • Page 71: Fuses

    When frequent fuse failures occur, it usually indicates a short circuit or an overload in the electrical system. BLOWN FUSE NOTE: See your KYMCO dealer for electrical system di- agnosis and repair. 6 6 6 6 6 Never use a fuse with a different rating from that specified.
  • Page 72: Fuses

    MAINTENANCE Charge fuse (charge fuse replacement) The charge fuse is on located on the starter relay near the right side of the battery in the battery box. 2 2 2 2 2 NOTE: The charge fuse (and its spare) are rated at 30A To replace the charge fuse: 1.
  • Page 73: Tires

    MAINTENANCE Tires NOTE: Check the tire inflation pressure and tire tread con- dition at the periods listed in the periodic maintenance Failure to follow these warnings may result in an acci- schedule. For maximum safety and good tire life, the tire dent due to tire failure.
  • Page 74 (1.6 mm) in the front, 0.08 in (2.0 mm) in the rear. tire life. Ask your KYMCO dealer, or a qualified tire special- NOTE: These wear limits will be reached before the wear ity shop, to perform tire repir, replacment, and bal- bars molded into the tire make contact with the road.
  • Page 75: Cleaning Your Scooter

    MAINTENANCE Cleaning Clean your scooter regularly to protect the surface finishes Failure to follow this manual's instructions about tube- and inspect for damage, wear , and oil, coolant or brake fluid less tires may result in an accident due to tire failure. leakage.
  • Page 76 MAINTENANCE Washing your scooter 4. After cleaning, rinse the scooter thoroughly with plenty of 1. Rinse the scooter thoroughly with cool water to remove any clean water. This rinsing is required to remove detergent loose dirt. residue can corrode alloy parts. 2.
  • Page 77: Clean The Windshield

    MAINTENANCE Painted aluminum wheel maintenance Clean the windshield Even if protected by paint, aluminum may corrode from con- Using plenty of water, clean the windshield with a soft cloth or sponge (avoid using detergents or any kind of chemical cleaner tact with dirt, mud, or road salt.
  • Page 78: Storage

    MAINTENANCE STORAGE GUIDE 4. To prevent rusting in the cylinders, perform the following: Extended storage, such as for the winter months, requires that you take certain steps to reduce the effects of deterioration Remove the spark plug cap from the spark plug, and use tape from the non-use of your scooter.
  • Page 79: Storage

    MAINTENANCE Removal from storage 1. Uncover and clean the scooter. 2. Change the engine oil if more than 1 month has passed since the start of storage. 3. Charge the battery as required (use a quality charger de- signed for use on a maintenance-free type battery). Install the battery.
  • Page 80: Maintenance Record

  • Page 83: Section 4 - Maintenance

  • Page 84: Specifications - 500i & 500ri

    SPECIFICATIONS - XCITING 500i & 500Ri Dimensions Spark plug ..............CR7E Overall length .......... 2250 mm (90 in) Idle speed ........1300-1500 min (rpm) Overall width .......... 815 mm (32.6 in) Overall height .......... 1450 mm (58 in) Chasis Wheel base ........... 1570 mm (62.8 in) Tire size, front ............
  • Page 85: Specifications - 250/300i & 250/300ri

    SPECIFICATIONS - XCITING 250/300i & 250/300Ri Dimensions Engine Overall length .......... 2250 mm (90 in) (300i & 300Ri) Overall width .......... 815 mm (32.6 in) Bore and stroke ........72.7 X 65.2 mm Overall height .......... 1450 mm (58 in) Compression ratio ...........
  • Page 86: Section 5 - Abs Model Supplement

    Even if there is a ABS system failure, the conventional braking system will still function normally . NOTE: If the ABS indicator lamp indicates a fault, take your scooter to your authorized KYMCO dealer for repairs. Do not attempt to effect repairs yourself.
  • Page 87: Abs Functions

    Since tires of a dif f erent when the brakes are applied hard while running straight. ABS size than those recommended by KYMCO can af fect wheel automatically regulates brake force by intermittently applying speed, they may confuse the microprocessor , which can and disenagaing braking force to help prevent wheel lock-up then extend the braking distance.
  • Page 88: Emission Information & Epa Warranty

    Do not modify the engine ,intake or exhaust components, as doing so will af f ect compliance these noise level requirements. Please do not modify or change any KYMCO-designed components that may alter the sound or emission level from your Xciting scooter.
  • Page 89: Kymco Limited Scooter Warranty

  • Page 90: Index

    Side Stand ............32 Keys ..............16 Cell-phone Mount ..........30 Spark Plug ............61 KYMCO Limited Scooter Warranty ..... 87 Cell-phone Power Socket ........29 Specifications - 300i & 300RI ......83 Left-hand Handlebar Switch ......21 - 22 Center Compartment Light ........
  • Page 91: Identification Numbers Record

    The ignition switch key identification code is stamped on tab 1 supplied with the key. If you require a replacement key, you will need this code to obtain a new key from your authorized KYMCO dealer . Record the key number in the box above.
  • Page 92 5 Stan Perkins Road Spartanburg, SC 29307 Telephone: (888) 235-3417 FAX: (864) 327-4745 Prepared June 2008 T300-SBAOAG-US-A5...

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