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« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2016, 07:13:53 PM »

Is the 250 powerful enough for long highway and freeway use?

Nope. Not for long highway use .... A short zip between intersections, or maybe a 20 miler on a rural interstate, BUT long extended highway runs require more ump than any 250, IMHO.  BTW, I started riding on a Honda Helix - 250.


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« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2016, 08:27:33 PM »

I'm looking at a Kymco '07 Xciting 250.  Is the 250 powerful enough for long highway and freeway use? What are the lifetime for the drive belt?

I had a 06 Bet & Win by Kymco.  I modded the engine to 307ish cc

The longest trip I ever made was from St. Louis to the Loess  Hills of Iowa.  Was about an 800 mile road trip.  I do stop a lot, was mainly all back roads  and variable speeds.   Having said that, I really had no issues keeping the scoot wide open for extended times when traveling back roads but it would still be variable speeds.

When I gave my Bet & Win away to a friend in need of transportation it had over 30,000 miles and zero engine issues.  To this day he still has had zero issues.

I will say one thing that seemed to wear our was the speedometer cable.  I replaced twice and he has once.   But a very easy and inexpensive fix.

I miss my Bet & Win a lot.....

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« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2016, 12:02:30 AM »

Nothing leads me to a Kymco period. As far as displacement I guess it depends on where you ride and how you ride but for me its absolutely not enough !

250cc is far from sufficient power for extended distances and trips, 250cc might be acceptable if I was using it strictly as a commuter in a large city with lots stop lights, stop signs and traffic.  For me anything below 400 is just plain too small for longer stretches trips and runs, I believe that a minimum of 2.0 cc's to 3 cc's per pound is required, I way 225 lbs, which is why I am on a 650 Burgman, you do the math.

The power to weight ratio makes a big difference in the fun enjoyment and wow factors, as well power is required to get out of trouble or tight squeezes etc..
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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2016, 12:25:05 AM »

250cc is fine on the interstate, just not much margin for passing. Rather ride the back roads but only because it is more relaxing for me and fun to find new places. Several folks in my area have 250 Kymco's and ride the interstates all the time. We never had to wait on the Kymco riders because they never seem to break down.
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« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2016, 04:40:16 PM »

I'm looking at a Kymco '07 Xciting 250. 5300 miles, asking price is $1700. I'm used to a Burgman 650. Is the 250 powerful enough for long highway and freeway use? What are the lifetime for the drive belt? And how do you determine a fair price for the used bike" Thanks
When I had my 09 Xciting 250, I rode it regularly to and from work 45 miles one way. I COULD reach speeds of 78 mph. But it seemed less stressed at less than 65 mph. Actually 60-63 seemed to be its sweet spot. So i would only drive it for short stretches on interstates. However, I had no problem driving it for long distance on regular highways where the traffic was running 60-65 or less.

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« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2016, 07:19:47 AM »

My first scooter was a 174.5 cc Kymco Yager GT 200i. I commuted to work nearly every day, and have ridden in Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The times I took it on the interstate I could cruise from 60-68 mph. Today I have a Downtown 300i and have taken it to the Jersey shore, upstate NY, Ottawa, CA and Ontario. It was more than enough for the trip reaching speeds of 70-80 mph with power to go faster.

Burgman's are great bikes, but I'm more than happy with my DT. The Burgman gets around 47-53 mpg, can go over 100 mph, and cost anywhere from 10.6 K to 11K. My DT get 65-70 mph, can go 90 mph, and coast me 6K.
Again, a great bike, bit at it's price I'd expect more from the Burgman.

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