1. At what point should this belt be checked or replaced?
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=+site:www.tradebit.com+kymco+manuals , the belt on the X-500 needs to be checked, not replaced every 12,000 miles. This is also listed in the owner’s manual. Most other manufactures state that belts should be replaced at a specific interval, usually around 12,000 miles or so. The Yamaha Majesty even has a light in the dash that comes on at 12,000 miles telling you to have the belt replaced. Why Kymco only requires a inspection instead of a replacement I don’t know.
2. What are the possible problems that could occur?
As far as replacing the belt it doesn’t look like too difficult a job. My X-500 only has 2300 miles on it right now. At the recommended 12,000 miles I’ll pull the drive belt cover off and measure the belt the way it shows in the manual. If it is out of specs I will replace it.
3. What are the symptoms of a belt going bad?
I would guess that when the belt is worn it will begin to slip and the RPMs at a given speed will start to rise higher than it would normally be at that same speed. Or maybe the belt just snaps and leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere. If you only use your scooter around town you could probably ride it until the belt breaks. Then call a friend with a pickup to come rescue you. But if you use your scooter for long distance rides I would just replace it every 12,000 miles or so just to be safe.
4. What are some places/internet-sites that a belt could be purchased other than a Kymco Dealer?
I have seen after market belts listed for the X-500 here, http://www.scootertrap.com/Xciting500.htm
but as you can see they are $170.00. I’m going to guess that the OEM Kymco belt is much
cheaper and probably just as durable.
5. Is it better to get another brand of belt rather than a Kymco and if so why?
I’m going to give you my 2 cents worth about Kymco parts. Kymco builds a very nice product and the parts they use, almost all of which they make themselves, a rare thing nowadays, are first rate. Meaning they are on par with what you would get from one of the big Japanese motorcycle companies, only much less expensive. Kymco parts are not poorly manufactured Chinese crap. And even though Taiwan is just off the coast of China, companies in Taiwan build parts nothing like those in China. Many years ago I would buy machine tools from Taiwan and the tools where and I’m sure still are first rate, unlike those made in China. Before I would go looking at aftermarket parts, even those made in the good old US of A, that claim to be superior
in some way to the OEM Kymco parts I would want to see some type of proof and not just an opinion of them being better before I would pay a premium price for them. In other words I would stick with OEM parts which will in the case of Kymco, probably be less expensive
and just as good.
I have replaced the drivebelt on my 2009 Kymco Agility 3 times in only a month. They keep breaking and leaving me stranded. I can’t figure out why they are not lasting longer. Everything seems to be aligned properly and I can’t find anything that may be causing this. Any infromation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I have owned a 2008 Kymco Exciting 250 for almost 2 years now. Great bike. I drive it year round. However, I’d like to let everyone know that if you happen to operate yours at mostly highway speeds, like I do, that the drive belt may not last 12000 miles. Mine broke today with no real warning at 65+ mph at 10,656 miles. Since I am still going to be operating it in this manner, I will never be letting a drive belt get to 10,000 miles again without replacing it, so I don’t get stranded again. Have a great ride everyone,
I am looking for camshaft and rocker arms for Kymco People 125 2001 MY. Can You help me?
I’ve got some measure of the camshaft:
All length is 76.8 mm
Distance between bearings is 58.1 mm
The cam height is: EX-29.4251 mm and IN – 29.7064 mm (It is like a diameter)
I’ve got the part number as well: 14100-KFA9-2200 ( It is for 150 ccm but I can fit it)
About rocker arms I’ve got only the part number at the moment: 14431-KDU-9000
I’ll be very grateful if You can help me.
Yeah I’ve never found much difference between Kymco retail and OEM versions of the parts or products, much like computer products or anything else that comes in retail or OEM. The only difference is, if you can be willing to forego the shiny box and instruction manual, I’d go with OEM to save money.