Kymco Downtown 300i Seat Modification

2013 Kymco Downtown 300i

Before seat modification

Kymco Downtown 300i

After seat modification

Before I first got my Kymco Downtown 300i, I went to a local dealer and sat on it to see how it fit.  Based on all my research, I felt it would be the best all purpose scooter for both in-town and highway riding.  The only drawback to my dream scooter was the issue reported by taller riders that the seat was not far enough back and it didn’t allow you to make any adjustments like on many other scooters.  Even though I confirmed this issue while sitting on one at the dealer, I got one anyway with the thought that I could modify the seat and make it a more comfortable ride. [Read more…]

Scooters and the art of Zen

zenThe other day I had a sudden realization that riding on my scooter has become my zen place.  For some, this is no surprise as they have come to this awareness long ago.  For me, I just needed a little over 10,000 miles.  So how can something with so much risk be so calming?

We all have places in our lives where we think more clearly.  Many people prefer the beach and the sounds of the ocean while others go for more traditional places like a library or the modern day library, Starbucks.  For me, I find that the focus I put toward riding on the streets brings forth a sense of peace.  Just about anytime I get on the scooter, ten minutes into the ride I’ve thought of a solution to an ongoing problem or come up with a cure for cancer (well maybe not that last one).  Sometimes it’s a business idea or other times it’s a thinking of going to a great restaurant (that last one may be from riding past them).  Being able to ride at 75+ MPH (yes it can go faster) also provides a thrill like nothing you can describe.  It’s during those times that focus on the road becomes important and can even be relaxing at the same time.

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2013 Kymco Downtown 300i Review

Kymco Downtown-300i

So here is my non-technical review and experiences (so far) on the 2013 Kymco Downtown 300i.

At 367 lbs and 300cc (299 for you technical people) and 29 hp, the Kymco Downtown 300i has some serious zip. It accelerates well but sometimes has a moment of hesitation before getting into gear. As I adjust to the throttle, I’m finding it a little jerky up to and around 20-30 mph. At 35+ mph it’s much smoother and has nice passing power at 50+. I really like how it sounds, more like a motorcycle than a scooter. It’s not ground shaking, teeth shattering Harley loud but more noticeable than my RV250.

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