Daytona Beach to Los Angeles...GTi300 or BV500

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  1. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Crazy world that's for sure. The xciting doesn't have too much written about it but I would love more info on it.
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  2. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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    What dates are you going and returning?
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  3. Kentucky

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    That is my neighbor and great friend Van!!! How cool is that?
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  4. Kentucky

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    Leaving Spartanburg SC (home of Kymco USA) on Friday the 4th of October headed to LA. Our race is on the 12th but I need to get out there a bit earlier than that. Will begin the trek home either Oct 13th or 14th from LA to Daytona Beach. No real time restriction on the West to East return. Planning some two lane on that route. The Spartanburg to LA is going to be six 500 mile days it appears.
    Barry
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  5. Kentucky

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    I will definitely know more about that one in about 7500 miles over a couple weeks time!
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  6. Kentucky

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    3000 miles in the rear view mirror. Spartanburg to LA was amazing! Grand National is tomorrow then home to Daytona. kymco is posting my blog o their site. This is serious scootering. 450 miles to Kingman Az. The entire day was a challenge with 40 to 50 miles per winds from the Southwest all day. Crazy. Yesterday was beautiful riding Route 66 from Kingman Az to Pomona Ca. No wind and over 250 miles on the high desert floor. Priceless. The Xciting 500i is amazing.
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  7. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    I just read the whole blog, it's on kymco's facebook site. Sounds like an amazing trip. Have fun tomorrow.
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  8. Kentucky

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    I did not know they were going to publish the entire blog. Might have done a better job. Not too late. After our championship race I am heading home to Daytona. It's like a second chance.

    Thanks for taking time to read my blog.
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  9. JerryH

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    Glad it worked out that way. I was going to suggest that if you were going to take one of the others, to replace the belt and make sure the CVT was in tip top shape before you left. Nothing quite like that sinking feeling when your belt breaks in the middle of nowhere.
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  10. DandyDoug

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    I don't know much about how to use Facebook, but I am on it. how do i find the link to your blog ??

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  11. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    http://kymcousa.wordpress.com/

    If that doesn't work then try this:

    Just search for kymco usa when on fb,

    or go to http://kymcousa.com/, at the bottom of the page is a link to their "on road" fb page.
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  12. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the link !

    Great blog report !!

    Wonder how the tires looked after a 7500 mile trip ???

    I am a bit over 5k miles on my Burgman 650 and the rear is about toast :eek1
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  13. Kentucky

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    They look really good at about 3500 as of now. Might get a few more miles out of them if I didn't enjoy rhe excellent brakes so much.
    Barry
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  14. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    Is the 2013 Xciting an updated model? It looks good.

    How do you compare it to your BV500 tourer?
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  15. Kentucky

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    It has been upgraded. Fuel injection and several other improvements. The suspension is superior to the BV500 but the BV is not bad. I'm thinking the upgraded shocks on the Kymco I am riding are definitely helping the bike. The BV has a little better performance up top but the Kymco is amazingly smooth like a big electric motor. Zero vibration at any speed.

    The seating position is completely different with the BV being the classic upright Italian (Vespa) and the Kymco being more like the BMW 750 or a Birgman. Both work well it's just a matter of your personal preference.
    Barry
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  16. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    So, given your experience so far, would you have preferred your GT300i on this trip or would you choose the Xciting if you were to do it again?
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  17. Kentucky

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    Tough call. The GTi is a way cool bike. I'm thinking it is the one I prefer.
    B
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