SYM Owners Forum

General => General Discussion => Topic started by: skadamo on May 19, 2008, 08:13:29 PM

Title: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on May 19, 2008, 08:13:29 PM
Hello, welcome to Sym Owners Forum!

I set up this forum for owners, potential owners and people interested in SYM machines to get other enthusist's input and share information. 

symforum.com is NOT affiliated with SYM (Sanyang Industry Co) or any of it's subsities.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for the site.  I want to keep discussion as informative as possible.  No real rules, just post as if you were fact to face with everyone reading and they are much stronger than you and easy to aggrivate.  :D

See you on the forum!

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Cooliorz on January 30, 2009, 10:05:10 PM
  This forum is a great idea!  I wanted to start one myself, but I never had the initiative.
   I like it a lot more than the Yahoo group.

  Where is the forum owners based out of?  The U.S.?  Europe?, etc.?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on February 03, 2009, 11:15:11 AM
Hey, thanks, welcome to the forum!

I live in the USA...  Elgin, IL.

The forum is definitely open to anyone around the world though.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on February 15, 2009, 07:36:35 PM
New here myself and  belong to a few other forums too. I see that you're from Elgin. I live in Naperville and we should get together sometime skadamo. My ride is a highly modified HD200. Here's my website on the mods and fixes I did.  http://www.jeffs-hotsauces.com/firedrakehome.htm (http://www.jeffs-hotsauces.com/firedrakehome.htm)

Also to let you know DGY Motorsports in Downers Grove is now a SYM dealer :)

Jeff aka slowscootin07
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on February 16, 2009, 09:07:29 AM
Naperville, cool.  Been to DGY many times.  Will have to drop by to see the SYM's.

Yeah, would love to meet up, chat and check out your HD200.  Maybe this spring?  Did you get out last week with the nice weather?



Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ripley on February 25, 2009, 10:43:06 PM
Hi  just wanted to introduce myself.
I picked up my red Citycom yesterday will post on it when I get some miles on the tires.
I've been riding scooters since the mid 80's. I've had an Honda Elite 150 & Yamaha Vino 50. I still have my Vino 125 but wanted more power so I could do some touring.
Elaine
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: melodys39 on March 01, 2009, 01:36:41 PM
Welcome Elaine!

Congrats on your new scoot, and happy to have you here.   8)

I have the 2009 RV 250 in red, and I love it. I try to ride as often as I can, but sometimes the darn weather interferes with my plans. I'll be glad when the nice weather comes back!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on March 02, 2009, 10:02:36 PM
Hi Elaine, welcome to the forum.  Saw the pic of you Citycom, awesome scooter, congratulations!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Tempus Fugit on April 22, 2009, 02:58:39 PM
Hello all :)

Well done on the forum, skadamo, easy to navigate and eye-friendly. 

A few partners and myself own Bluearth Scooters (http://www.bluearthscooters.com), exclusively sell SYM, and are located in Northern Michigan.  We've had just a few chances to take the scoots out...lots of salt and sand needs to be washed off the roads and a rise in temps (42 today, lol) before the ride gets more comfortable.

Pleased to meetcha!


Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Blossym on May 06, 2009, 11:29:44 PM
I am so stoked! I will be purchasing my first scooter this weekend. An RV250 in blue (my favorite color). My husband has a 400cc burgman and I think this will be a perfect match.  I have read alot of your posts and its been very helpful. I would like to track down a large windshield with apron for my new scoot. Any ideas? I am located in Vancouver, B.C.   ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Puddleduck on May 09, 2009, 10:28:03 PM
. I would like to track down a large windshield with apron for my new scoot. Any ideas? I am located in Vancouver, B.C.   ;D

Try Urban Wasp in Vancouver. They are affiliated with the Urban Wasp in London Ontario and I just picked up the taller windshield.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: melodys39 on May 12, 2009, 09:40:06 AM
I am so stoked! I will be purchasing my first scooter this weekend. An RV250 in blue (my favorite color). My husband has a 400cc burgman and I think this will be a perfect match.  I have read alot of your posts and its been very helpful. I would like to track down a large windshield with apron for my new scoot. Any ideas? I am located in Vancouver, B.C.   ;D

Welcome to the forum. It's always nice to hear about SYM owners and their scoot.

In our local scooter club, Oregon Scooter Club/Vespa of Oregon, we have several people who ride the 400 Burgman, and one or two that ride the SYM 250. It is a good match. We just went on a ride on Friday, and it was great.

One of the Burgman owners rides with an apron, and he said it makes all the difference in the world. I'm sure that you would like one also. I don't know where he got it, but if you Google it you should be able to find several.

My RV 250 is red, and I love it. Have over 5000 miles on it from September, and I am loving every chance I get to ride. I'm sure you will too!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Blossym on May 14, 2009, 09:17:18 PM
The Burgman & SYM are a great match, we had fun tooling around together through the winding roads and highways. Looking forward to a trip up the Sunshine Coast (BC) this weekend. I really like the Burgman but found it too heavy, the SYM is much lighter than the Burgman but has some really good pickup on the highway and love the styling.  Will post some picks soon. I will try the Vespa dealership, thanks.  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: phantom309 on June 01, 2009, 05:37:33 AM
hello .i'm phantom.(andy)i'm from the uk.and i'm curruntly looking for a new scooter to replace my yamaha tmax..
as it's a bit to much for me,i keep going quicker than i should(no self control).so iv'e been looking for a 250 feet forword scoot ,as they offer more comfort over distance ride outs.just did 242 mile ride yesterday in the sun and it was awsome.but looking here in the uk and we don't have as many feet forword scoot's as in the US.and the sym gts 250i.seems to fit the bill to what i'm looking for in a scooter.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: kmtscoot on June 01, 2009, 02:14:02 PM
Welcome Andy,

A month ago I bought a SYM RV250/GTS250. The name varies from place to place, but the scoot remains the same. After a month of ownership I have driven 1600 miles and am quite pleased with it. I have ordered the taller windshield. I am six feet tall with a 32-inch inseam, so my height is in my torso. So my head sits high and the wind over the windshield (on this and many other scooters) hits me square in the faceplate of my helmet. This creates a lot of noise. The taller windshield should correct that. About the only other criticism I have is that the rear view mirrors are too close together. That
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: slipster on June 01, 2009, 04:58:53 PM
hey Phantom - welcome,

pics of your Yamaha Tmax looks like it sports foot forward riding but your post makes that a definite no.  You will be giving up about a hundred pounds of weight and seat height.  Everything else is pretty close in comparison except the MPG which you will see go way up to around 75MPG rather than 45MPG (if you keep the stock SYM Variator).  You will need the taller shield.  I just got rid of the rider backrest so I can move back further. Like KMTscoot I am 6'2" with a 32" inseam.  I took the seat to a local upholster shop and they added some padding and recovered the seat in a higher grade vinyl.  Looks better and is even more comfortable than it was which really was great for a stock seat!  Your decision might come down to how much highway driving that you do vs. in town driving.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: phantom309 on June 01, 2009, 05:00:09 PM
cheers kmtscoot.having watched the video link on this site they do seem a lot of scooter for your money.unlike the jap's offerings which can be the opposite.lot's of money and not many options or extras.
slipster.not that much highway (our motorway)will be done just cruising round the country side at no more than 50 / 60 mph
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Kiwiscoot on August 24, 2009, 01:59:27 AM
Just wanted to say Hi here from New Zealand. Having a ball with my Citycom since September 2008.
regards Kiwiscoot
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Rich B on August 30, 2009, 11:09:42 PM
Hello all Im new to this form also. Jeff has helped me out on a problem now I find him here and that is a good thing.
I had a Vino 125 a nice ride, but slow, I also have a Lance 150 it seems to be just ok Ive got 3k on it and need to do some tune up. the problem is getting all the plastic off. I live In Visalia Ca and have a second home In Pismo Beach so I took the Lance to Pismo.
This is a great foram and Im happy to find it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Dobest on September 09, 2009, 04:06:52 PM
Hello every one.
I
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scooterman on September 26, 2009, 02:26:11 PM
Hello everyone, I'm the new guy here. I have a Fiddle 125 that is really a nice ride, although
it has a strange grinding noise in the front. I think it's probably bodywork.
I also have two motorcycles and quite honestly I'm just getting tired of shifting down/up at
every stop light. Anyway the scoot is a lot of fun. Ride safe.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: fiddleii on October 24, 2009, 05:40:40 PM
Hi to all.
I'm from Portugal (not the first one I can tell ;) ) and I'm kinda of cheating, 'cause I don't own a Sym - I'm expecting to get a Fiddle 125 :)
Hope I can find some help here about that...

Cheers!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Barnone on October 24, 2009, 05:59:25 PM
Welcome fiddleii. Hope you find your SYM soon.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: woznotwoz on November 16, 2009, 03:25:29 PM
Hi I'm Wozza from England and have been a bit of a fan of SYM bikes for 
quite a while...My last being a SYM Attila which unfortunately was stolen and burnt out by kids..... >:(

I have been waiting ages for SYM to start producing larger engined scooters, and so with the annoucement of the new 400 & 600 I was quite excited..................... ;D

Anyway I'm looking at purchasing (when available) the new Maxsym 600.



Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rv-rick on December 23, 2009, 07:03:57 PM
I am a potential HD200 owner. I have questions about the warranty. This is a used unit with 450 miles.
Neither the SYM site nor the Carter Bro site say anything about any details. The contact links on the sites don't work and the email address I had (info@carterbro.com) came back undeliverable.
Is it transferable? Is there a change in terms after the first year? This is important to me.
All that being said, from what I've read here and other places, this is a great scoot.
Sorry for going on.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on December 23, 2009, 09:50:20 PM
Sorry to tell you, but the warranty is not transferable from the original registrant--- :( But I can tell you that it's seriously in doubt that you'll need the warranty anyway. I've had mine for 1
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rv-rick on December 23, 2009, 10:56:24 PM
Thanks for the info Fire Drake. I see your name on here quite a bit. I guess you're the SYM guru.
The one I'm looking at is a 2008. Any idea what would be a fair price?
NADA doesn't list anything but the new price.  He's asking $2500. I saw a recent post on here for a 2009 for $2000.
I want to be fair, but I don't want to get cheated either.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on December 24, 2009, 07:30:01 AM
Hey Rick

I bought the one listed here for $2K and even paid a bit less. $2500 seems high but it does depend on where you live and what winter is like where you are. Colder weather = lower prices.

If you are near Raleigh NC I will sell you my 2009 today for $2500!!

I can tell you of the 20 or so scoots I've owned in the last 10 years, the HD is one of the funnest! Once you get one, you won't regret anything except waiting so long to get one.

Welcome and keep us posted on what you do.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on December 24, 2009, 09:29:10 AM
Hey Rick

I bought the one listed here for $2K and even paid a bit less. $2500 seems high but it does depend on where you live and what winter is like where you are. Colder weather = lower prices.

If you are near Raleigh NC I will sell you my 2009 today for $2500!!

I can tell you of the 20 or so scoots I've owned in the last 10 years, the HD is one of the funnest! Once you get one, you won't regret anything except waiting so long to get one.

Welcome and keep us posted on what you do.

So you'll give that thing up to make a buck!!!

$2500 is not too bad. I think my local dealer is selling new 2008's for $2999, but it is off season.

I paid $3k for my 2009 back in May with 1500 miles and a Givi top box and Givi windsield. But here in NY used HD's just never come up for sale.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on December 24, 2009, 02:49:11 PM
No, not to make a buck. To get a Red one.   :)

I really like it and hoped to find a Red one but the one I bought was blue. Beautiful but I still long for the Red.

Still can't get over how well this thing rides and how much fun it is.


Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rv-rick on December 24, 2009, 04:01:46 PM
As to the weather, we're still digging out. Still have 4-6" of mostly ice on the drive. Some streets haven't seen a plow yet. I'm about 50 miles north of Richmond, VA.
This will be the first HD200 I've seen in the flesh. I did get to sit on an HD125. I understand they are the same in most everything except engine size.  The dealer in Richmond says they could go ~$3500 on a new one since it's winter.
Maybe I'll offer him $2000 and see what he says. I haven't seen it yet, but at 450 miles, i guess it should be OK. Just hope it hasn't been sitting too long with bad gas.

NC Scootin: Actually I prefer the blue.  ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on December 24, 2009, 05:24:23 PM
No, not to make a buck. To get a Red one.   :)

I really like it and hoped to find a Red one but the one I bought was blue. Beautiful but I still long for the Red.

Still can't get over how well this thing rides and how much fun it is.




Me too, same thing, wanted RED got BLUE.
But it's OK, I love Big Blue
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on December 24, 2009, 05:41:01 PM
As to the weather, we're still digging out. Still have 4-6" of mostly ice on the drive. Some streets haven't seen a plow yet. I'm about 50 miles north of Richmond, VA.
This will be the first HD200 I've seen in the flesh. I did get to sit on an HD125. I understand they are the same in most everything except engine size.  The dealer in Richmond says they could go ~$3500 on a new one since it's winter.
Maybe I'll offer him $2000 and see what he says. I haven't seen it yet, but at 450 miles, i guess it should be OK. Just hope it hasn't been sitting too long with bad gas.

NC Scootin: Actually I prefer the blue.  ;D

Sounds good. Offer $2000. With the snow and ice the scoot will be tough to sell so you might get a good deal.
What color is it?
If it's red and you buy it - maybe we can swap body panels?   :)
Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on December 24, 2009, 05:44:10 PM

Me too, same thing, wanted RED got BLUE.
But it's OK, I love Big Blue

Big Blue.   Hmmm.  Mine hasn't told me her name yet.
I gotta find that out.
I hope it's "The Weasel".
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on December 24, 2009, 08:45:48 PM
Actually, Carter sells all the body panels pre-painted. You can change out the color for a few hundred $$

The part the headlight goes into is $49.00, which is not horrible. I think the entire body would be around $350 or so.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on December 24, 2009, 09:33:32 PM
Really!

Hmm. I'll have to look into that and also see what is involved to swap 'em out. 
I'd really like the red and might actually do it for $350.  That would be awesome.
Also, I could sell the blue parts and reduce that even more.
Thanks for that info.

BTW- I've seen the parts book online but not the prices. Is there a place to see the prices? How do you know that piece is $49 - did you have to buy it for some reason?  I need the headlight lens. Mine is cracked - was when I bought it.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on December 25, 2009, 12:24:34 PM
They don't publish the prices, you have to call. I have a spare headlight assembly, that was actually pretty expensive - maybe $39 or something like that. But it comes with a Philips H4 bulb which costs what, $15 or something like that, so not really so bad. Nothing ever comes with screws, just so you know.

Some prior owner had removed the fairing improperly and the tabs were busted, so I just replaced it. Not a problem to do, all the instructions are in the service manual. Probably take under 2 hours to change it all out. There is the main body, the small strips on the side, the leg shield upper and lower, and the headlight fairing and handlebar fairings. Not all that much. Don't forget the front fender!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rv-rick on December 25, 2009, 04:17:11 PM
What would you call a red HD200?

Little Red Ridin' 'round the 'hood ?   ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on December 25, 2009, 06:14:28 PM
Kinda funny, I wanted the silver one but ended up getting a red one.  

I had one on layaway for 6 months while paying it off over winter. Once I was done paying it, it wasn't available nor were any available. You see, I was buying it new from a SYM dealer. The dealer was to prep and ship it to me, but SYM said, "NO. You cannot ship a SYM product period." This is/was a reputable dealer that has been in business for a long time so it wasn't his fault and SYM tied his hands eventhough it was dealer prepped and paid for. According to Carter Brothers, I have to physically take posession IN PERSON--PERIOD and a dealer CANNOT ship or lose their dealership rights. Long story short I found a local dealer and puchased it there where he only had a red one and a silver one would be "special ordered" and cost more and take a long time so I bought the red one.

Here's another tip for you gyus and gals--- if you do wnat to change the color, then ride to a body shop and ask what it would cost them to paint your panels off the bike. I bet you'd be surprised on how much it costs and then you can paint it any color you want :)
Jeff

Almost forgot, SYM uses DuPont paint on our rides
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rv-rick on December 25, 2009, 06:24:51 PM
SYM isn't the only one that says you have to pick it up in person. Honda and Yamaha for sure, and I wouldn't be surprised if Suzuki and the rest were the same way. I passed on a new Honda at a good price because of that.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bluenoser on April 15, 2010, 04:45:30 PM
Great site, I've owned motorcycles but one month ago I purchased a RV 250 what a blast, I think I'm hooked on scooting , great in the city traffic no shifting , great on the secondary roads and with some mods it will be great on the highway , I've ordered in a replacement Windshield to cut down on the wind and a topbox for those overnight trips, weather here is getting better and soon the roads will be filled with two wheelers , I'm in eastern Canada so our springs come a little later than most , keep scooting!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: HD200SYMBArider on April 15, 2010, 07:42:27 PM
Welcome to the SYM family.

Live in Texas now but from Canada.  I agree about the weather comments.
It is great to now be able to ride for most of the year.  :)

Thanks,
Pete
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: finch on April 30, 2010, 03:40:58 PM
Hi All
         Am new to the forum and would like to introduce myself I live in Nottingham UK and ride a 2002 Joyride 125, I have owned it from new only done 4400km and its only used in dry weather and is in virtual mint condition. Really enjoy riding it bit never seem to have the time hence the low mileage thought of changing it but afraid am to attached and it meets my needs at the moment.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: symwofllove on June 16, 2010, 04:34:21 PM
Howdy,

Okay. I excited about being here. But I spelled my user name wrong. I'm really put off by it. It's should be symwolflove. But me being a bonehead. I screwed it up. It's mistakenly "symwofllove". I kept wondering why I could login.

Aw, man now by balance is all mixed up. So could rejoin. Or could you guys just fix it (symwolflove). Because I will be stuck with the boneheaded name "symwofllove". Not good... I'm hating this name!

Tough duty...........

I love to introduce myself, but I want get this fixed first.

Lenny
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on June 16, 2010, 04:54:00 PM
Welcome Lenny--- All you have to do is to go into your profile settings and change what the users see as your name under modify your profile--account settings. You'll still have to log in with your original setting though

OR you can delete the accaount and create a new one

Once again-Welcome
Jeff
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: leo.urbis on June 17, 2010, 08:36:56 AM
Sorry, but my powers as a Moderator don't go that far.  I suggest just deleting your account and creating a new one.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Simplydannygirl on June 23, 2010, 09:11:32 PM
Hello I'm Danny,

This forum for Sym bikes seem like a great idea. ;)

Been trying to find a bike I can live with. I wanted something unique and some thing small. Everyone telling me they see a motorcycle in my future they are right. Then learning how shift gears. I heard it's really easy on these bikes.

I'm liking the Sym 150cc classic! Beautibul bike. I'm hot for the red and white. I think it's called a Sym Wolf.  And  then I really like the Symba. But It's probably too slow. Maybe in few years on a Sunday cruise. I have Scooter Motorcycle that reaches 60-67 miles already.

I'm short so I don't want a big heavy bike. Besides,  I like to be able maneuver between cars in traffic.  8) Can't do that with a big bike. Then I can go speedy down the streety over everybody's feety.... ;D

I was looking a Vulcan 500, and a eliminator 125cc. I almost brought it. But, I'm not feeling it. But I am feeling the Sym Wolf. I heard it can almost do 70-80mph. And it's so cute....... :P

Cya!

Danny :D ;) ;D :) 8)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on June 24, 2010, 02:09:58 PM
Welcome :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: cs1973 on July 10, 2010, 09:01:33 AM
Hi there everyone,

Just took delivery of a new Citycom 300i this morning.  First impressions so far are very impressive.  Its not a very well known brand over here in the UK but i took the plunge after reading loads of positive reviews.

Just one query.  The manual advises to keep the speed down to about 40mph for the first 200miles (300km).  Do you strictly have to stick to this or can you wind it on a bit?


Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: The Fire Drake on July 10, 2010, 05:08:36 PM
ride it like you stole it, beat the snot out of it and change both the oils at 20 miles, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 then every 1000. If you already have more than 20 miles on it, then it's too late. During the first 30 miles, it is important to properly seat the valves. Let the motor warmup, then full throttle to 50 mph, then coast to 10 or so, then do it aghain a few more times. Cruise at varying speeds for a little while, let it cool down and do it all over. Or you could just baby it if that's the way you'll be riding it. This is a very popular way of breaking in an engine. There are other ways too, but this is my suggestion.

Jeff--PS sorry about the miles and MPH instead of km and kph, but you get the point.

 Oh and welcome :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bullet on July 19, 2010, 11:51:20 AM
Hi. I don't own a scooter yet, but I'm looking at the Symba. My first bike was a Honda Cub 50 in 1965. I was 14 with a restricted D L. The Classic 150 is also tugging at my heart. Its nice to see SYM building such bikes, it fills a void left by some of the others. I grew up riding small displacement motorcycles and the Classic 150 reminds me of some of the bikes I have owned. I'm very lucky, my wife of 38 years also rides. As long as I keep the honey-do list short she has no problem with more bikes. I am looking foward to reading the different posts and learning from them.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bullet on July 19, 2010, 12:33:43 PM
To CS1973, In regards to break in, I have to go by the book. My Royal Enfield took over 1,000 miles to break it in right. When the engine is new everything is tight. There is more heat and in some cases the engine can't get rid of the heat if run too hard. IMHO going by what the book says is the right way. I also changed the oil after getting it home, again at 300 miles, 800 miles, 1,500 miles and every 1,000 miles from then on. Remember, a 300 cc engine is only about 17 cubic inches. Good clean oil is the lifeblood of such a small engine. It helps cool, not only lube.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bullet on July 19, 2010, 03:17:32 PM
Simplydannygirl, I'm also torn between the Symba and the Classic 150. If its going to be your only bike, then sit down and think about the type of riding you like to do. If you want to blast up the interstate then the Symba and Classic are not my 1st pick. If you like 2 lane rural roads, 35-55 mph speed limits easy intown riding then either one will do very well. To me, its more fun to ride a slow bike fast than it is to ride a fast bike slow. IMHO, any motorcycle/scooter that has an honest top speed of 75-80 mph will not be happy running all day at 65-75 mph. Its just too much to ask a small engine to do and expect it to live long. Ride it within the design of the bike and you can expect a long life. I'm not saying don't have "fun" just remember what it is you are riding. For example. I would ride our 250 Rebel or a Classic 150 anywhere. I would stay on State Roads (55mph limit) and plan to stop every 1 1/2 to 2 hours to rest and cool down the bike, check the oil often, and be happy with 400 miles a day. On the other hand I could take my daughters GSXR600, OD on Mountain Dew, hit the interstate and make 1,000 miles in under 24 hours. Its all in the design of the bike and what its limits are.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: SYMmike on July 20, 2010, 08:12:21 PM
Welcome Danny! ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: cs1973 on July 30, 2010, 12:50:52 PM
Thanks for the advice folks.  I left the scooter in for its first service this week.  Got a rack fitted to take my topbox. I have to say that I'm really impressed with this machine. I also have a Honda Varadero 1000 (Honda version of the BMW GS) and i find myself picking up the keys for the SYM more often than the bike.

The only thing is that over here in N Ireland the SYM brand is completely unknown and I've only seen a couple of other SYM's on the road. 

Cheers,
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on July 30, 2010, 01:13:47 PM
Thanks for the advice folks.  I left the scooter in for its first service this week.  Got a rack fitted to take my topbox. I have to say that I'm really impressed with this machine. I also have a Honda Varadero 1000 (Honda version of the BMW GS) and i find myself picking up the keys for the SYM more often than the bike.

The only thing is that over here in N Ireland the SYM brand is completely unknown and I've only seen a couple of other SYM's on the road. 

Cheers,

You see, that is the funny thing. Supposedly if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
SYM builds the HD 200, it is the fastest 150cc class bike on the planet, it is rock solid and easy to service (don't try saying that about a KYMCO People S 200), and yet, the company does not get it's message out.

I think there is no better value on two wheels than some of the SYM models, but Taiwan has to engage some savvy local people to get the bike into the public eye.

The reviews are all true, the distribution is horrible.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: maddy4moos on August 09, 2010, 02:22:24 PM
Hi,

I'm Maddy and i bought my first scooter 5 days ago.

I now have a SYM MIO 100 that i have named 'Middy' - I'm not self centred - but it just seemed right.

I Live in Grimsby - UK

I hope you will all accept me into your forum!!!

Take care

Maddy x
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: bullet on August 09, 2010, 07:19:52 PM
Welcome Maddy, I am also new to this forum and have learned quite a bit. I am still shopping for a scooter, please let us know how you like yours.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: maddy4moos on August 10, 2010, 07:20:09 AM
Hi Bullet!!!

I love my new scooter - but admittedly i can't really comment on the handling etc because i haven't tried anything other that this one - and haven't riden it on the roads - However it is very comfortable and has a good pace on it. Its also got a very low seat - great for shorter people like me!!! and its great to look at!!! - Its good a wide range of colours but aren't massively popular which i personally see as a extra security system because th colours are so bright no one will steal it because its too recognisable!!!

I'm going to try and start a page for SYM MIO 100's so that i'm not cluttering up this page!!!

Thanks for the welcome!!!!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: dialysisdork on August 31, 2010, 07:58:31 PM
Hi to All: Just bought an 08 HD 200, which is new.  Wondering about the break in procedures. What speed to drive. What distance?  The manual says "The first month or first 1000km is the wear in period. Avoid rapid acceleration,and keep the speed below 60km/hr."  That translates to 37.5 mph for over 600 miles. Say it aint so. It will be difficult to ride to work at that pace and be safe from the cagers.  Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: steve_rolfeca on September 02, 2010, 08:48:31 AM
You'll find no end of conflicting opinions on fast vs slow break-in, but here are some principles that apply to either approach:

- During break-in, microscopic metal fragments are "knocked off" various parts as they wear in. Also, the rings don't seal all that well at first, so a larger amount of contaminants get past the rings and down into the crankcase during the first 500 to 1,000 miles.

Since the HD200 has a high-revving engine and an filter screen that's less effective at trapping small contaminants than the paper filter in a car engine, early and frequent oil changes are vital during break-in. The good news is that you don't need expensive oils during break-in. In fact, synthetics should be avoided until after the rings have seated and everything is well-bedded in. Opinions vary on when it's OK to switch, but I certainly wouldn't before 1,000 miles at minimum.

- A leftover 2008 also may have shelf life issues with the OEM fluids, even though there are no miles on the bike. It would be prudent to flush the brake fluid and coolant immediately, since SYM doesn't seem to use top-drawer fluids anyway. Make sure that you use motorcycle-friendly coolant, that has the correct additives for an all-aluminum engine. Don't forget about the fork oil, either. Even the Japanese majors tend to cheap out in that area, and a switch to a good 15-weight fork oil will improve the ride, especially for heavier riders.

- HD200's definitely feel "tight" for the first few hundred miles, so ride accordingly. The brakes feel weak and a little "wooden" at first, so leave a little extra stopping room until they bed in. The suspension and the engine will also feel a little bound up, but they smooth out considerably by the 1,000 mile mark.

Last but not least, there is lots of evidence that engines run too much at light loads and small throttle openings during break-in often demonstrate low compression readings and higher oil consumption. Engine builders tend to agree on a number of practices that help to run and engine in properly, so regardless of whether you go by the user's manual or "ride it like you stole it", help your rings and bearings to wear in properly by avoiding the following errors:
- Holding a steady speed can cause galling or glazing as the rings and bearings bed in, so avoid holding the engine at any steady-state rpm for more than a few moments. Seek out areas with little or no traffic where you can ride like a "jerk", in the sense of rolling on and off the throttle, letting speed rise and fall constantly, at least for the first 500 miles. A couple of weekend pleasure trips on rural two-lane roads would be perfect for this purpose.
- For the same reason, avoid prolonged idling. Keep warmups short- as soon as the bike will accept throttle without bogging, ride off (usually within 20 seconds to a minute, depending on climate). Turn off your engine at train crossings, long lights, etc., as well.
- Use a fairly heavy throttle hand at low rpm during the early days, so that combustion pressure will help the rings to seat. This doesn't mean you've got to ride like a maniac, just use a healthy handful of throttle whenever you accelerate. Once again, this works well with the on-again, off-again throttle applications that are needed to avoid running steady rpm.

Two pitfalls to avoid in regards to heavy throttle use during break-in involve the clutch, and that tight, new engine:
- Since repeated full throttle starts in stop and go traffic may glaze the clutch shoes, wait a moment after you "roll out", before grabbing a big handful.
- As far as the tight engine goes, even if you're using the "RILYSI" method, don't go for 75mph right out of the box. Using rolling starts to save clutch wear, do something like this: 10-30 mph and then coast back down, followed by 10-35mph, 10-40mph,  10-45mph, and so on. If you use moderate braking force to slow down after every second or third acceleration run, it will help to bed the brakes in as well. This is not a one-off process. It should be repeated periodically until you hit the 1,000 mile mark.

It can be frustrating riding in such an unnatural way, but it should help to ensure the longest life and best performance for your new bike, and it gives you an opportunity to get to know the bike without the pressure and hassles of normal commuting.
Title: Hi all! Newbie here
Post by: madoka on September 21, 2010, 08:50:24 PM
Hi Everyone!

I am a newcomer to the 2-wheeled world, just passed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Beginner Riders Course this weekend. My husband convinced me to join him in the course, and I'm very glad I did! He purchased a 2007 Suzuki GS500F for his first ride, and I'm very excited to report that as of this morning I am the proud new owner of a 2009 Citycom 300i! The cute little (ok not so little) black scoot was a trade-in at our local dealership in San Francisco, and I walked away with a wonderful machine with only 345 miles on it at a good price.

I am 5'8" with a 32" inseam, so the seat height felt very comfortable to me. I was able to flat-foot it. The seat also felt nice and cushiony. I got the taller Givi windscreen to give myself more protection on the freeway but opted out of the rear rack and topbox for now.

Since I had to drive straight into work, the hubby kindly rode my scoot home. It was a 2 hour trip on local roads since our permits don't allow us to ride on the freeway yet (picking up our BRC course completion certificates tomorrow before heading to the DMV to get the full license). He called to say how much fun he had riding the Citycom and that it was everything I wanted (all the fun of a motorcycle and none of the inconveniences like clutch and gear-shifting). In fact he intentionally made several side trips just to extend his ride experience even after 2 hours in the saddle. I soooo can't wait to try it out myself!!!  :D

I am very happy to have found this forum just for SYM enthusiasts, since it is still not a well-known brand in the US. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. :)

Happy Riding!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: steve_rolfeca on September 22, 2010, 04:59:33 AM
Welcome to the group.

You've chosen a great machine from one of the best manufacturers in the scooter industry. Hopefully, you'll find this forum a useful resource.

I also hope you'll be gentle with your husband, when he keeps wanting to borrow your scoot!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GaryL on September 22, 2010, 09:56:56 PM
Welcome Madoka. I have an RV-250.  An absolute joy to ride, with 8,000 trouble free miles. I'm sure the Citycom will be similar. 
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: stoepsl on December 01, 2010, 01:44:27 AM
Hello....

I
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: DougReid on January 16, 2011, 01:45:20 PM
Hi,
I am in South Africa and have a SYM 300i GTS EVO, I bought it last April and have done just on 12000kms and ready for a new belt. I think it has the same engine as the Citicom 300 ???
Anyway it's my 4th scooter, Yamaha JOG, Yamaha BWS, BMW C1 200 (which got stolen)
Having had bad experience with dealerships, doing half jobs and charging blood money I do all my own servicing and know it's done properly.
I will be doing the belt myself - did a head gasket and belt and rollers job on the BMW and learned a lot.
Thinking of lightening the rollers to get better take off - anyone done that on the 300?
Also thinking of getting a performance exhaust - the standard one is heavy and I am sure the CAT takes a lot of power out of it.
Put Bridgestone Hoop on back, awesome tyre.
Did 100kms off road, not a good idea, got really "all shook up".
Took the lumbar support off the saddle and put a chunk of foam in and had a new cover made, I can now sit right back and ride with straight arms - like riding a Harley (I had one when I was a kid).
Have come off once and scratched it up a bit and bruised myself quite a bit - also bust the big screen I had so reverted to origional.
I am very happy with it. Average 3.5l to 100kms using 95.
Regards,
Doug Reid





Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Tab on February 25, 2011, 11:39:06 AM
Another new guy...

Just bought a "new" 2009 HD-200 in Lexington, KY.  I'll be riding it all over the Central KY area.  :)  I've owned everything from Puch mopeds to 750 Hondas and I really like the way this bike feels so far. 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: NC Scootin on February 25, 2011, 08:32:58 PM
Welcome!  and, you'll get no argument from us about how great these scoots are!

Looking forward to some photos of your travels!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: C Bowers on March 07, 2011, 09:25:29 PM
Hi

Welcome to the SYM world. I am a newcomer also -- bought a rv250 last Sept. Only have 500 km on it but loved each one. Seems like a great bike. Looking forward to spring and summer.

Claude
NL Canada
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Mike on March 31, 2011, 04:32:05 AM
Hi, new to this and riding. My son and I brought 2009 rv250 his is blue and my is gray. Brought from Lexington Vespa, they did a great job of helping us. It's opening day in Cincinnati and 32 degree this morning and I scooted to work. This is a GREAT SITE.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: stoepsl on March 31, 2011, 06:00:48 AM
Welcome!  ;D

But....

..... 32 degree this morning ...

...wow! It's raining hard.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Kiwiscoot on March 31, 2011, 02:17:21 PM
Welcome
and as I say to people
SYM stands for "Smile Your Miles" - have done 31000 smiles so far.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Sympatico on April 05, 2011, 09:29:26 PM
Hi SYM scooter enthusiasts!  ;D   I too have been aSYMilated  8)

on 3/10/11, I purchased a brand new 2008 HD200 from Cambrian Go-karts in San Jose, CA.  In the last three years I have been commuting to work on a Lance GS-R 150.  The GS-R is nice but the expressway cagers pushed past me, beyond it's top speed, for most of the trip.    Now that I have SYMpatico....What a difference!! :o  The SYM HD 200 is a very capable machine that is a joy to ride. :)  My 40 mile round trip commute is so much more fun having a scooter that can exceed all speed limits without sweating and in style. ;)  At 650 miles, I am happily looking forward to the miles of smiles in my future.  ;D

See you in the wind!

Sympatico  8)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Mainescoot on April 14, 2011, 09:16:19 AM
I saw on the homepage that our newest member is Mike from Lance. Welcome Mike! Nice to have you aboard.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scosgt on April 14, 2011, 02:00:36 PM
That is excellent. I invited him to join several times on his facebook page.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ootscoot on April 14, 2011, 10:03:29 PM
Hey Mike - welcome to the SYM forum!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Mike @ Lance Powersports on April 27, 2011, 12:03:28 PM
That is excellent. I invited him to join several times on his facebook page.
:)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BBMMP on May 09, 2011, 06:25:20 AM
Hi,

I'm Richard  i',m from Austria - Vienna, and i have a Sym Attila H125D  HD125 ?? /Year11/2001... my age 42  no women, no childs, but a sym  ;D... and the bigest problem is the Service Manual to find....:( i have made a Service...but not all that i have no Data  for many things...

Sorry for ma bad english  :-[ .,.. but i hope i found friends that me can help when i have question or talk, etc..

Regards from Austria - Vienna


Richard
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: symshark on May 09, 2011, 11:38:03 AM
Hi Richard. My owners manual covers the Attila 125, unfortunately I need it for my Shark. Is there anything in particular you need and I can post it here for you.
Your English is WAAAAAAY better than my Austrian.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BBMMP on May 09, 2011, 02:32:39 PM
Hi Richard. My owners manual covers the Attila 125, unfortunately I need it for my Shark. Is there anything in particular you need and I can post it here for you.
Your English is WAAAAAAY better than my Austrian.

thx a lot, i have the owners manual in german and in english, what i need is the repair manual, where the data inside is , for example, Valve clearance, Bore, stroke etc.. with  pic's.,...  sym shark 125 repair manual equal, it's a old scooter.. i hope one of the manual, there are still on earth  ;D ??? ???..ore maybe not ... ::)

Regards
Richard
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: symshark on May 09, 2011, 02:51:21 PM
Ah, i see. Sorry not got one of those. Would love a copy though, if one ever appears.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: stoepsl on May 09, 2011, 08:53:48 PM
Hi,

I'm Richard  i',m from Austria - Vienna, and i have a Sym Attila H125D  HD125 ?? /Year11/2001... my age 42  no women, no childs, but a sym  ;D... and the bigest problem is the Service Manual to find....:( i have made a Service...but not all that i have no Data  for many things...

Sorry for ma bad english  :-[ .,.. but i hope i found friends that me can help when i have question or talk, etc..

Regards from Austria - Vienna


Richard

Welcome here. And hallo from Germany!  ;)

And, at the best english.... frag mal "kiwiscoot" wegen den manual. Er hat da voll den Durchblick!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BBMMP on May 09, 2011, 11:15:47 PM

Hi to Germany  ;),

stoepsel??..kann kiwiscout deutsch ??  ???

i have found Kymco Agillity 125 Part List with exploded view, it's the same Motor-Part List equal to Attila H125D  i have compare with my Attila 125 Part.xls sheet  :o ..., but it's not a service-repair Manual.. one step more .. when i have all found, i make a  Sym Attila H125D compendium  ;D.. one copy goes at the bank tresor..for posterity *gg*...

continue searching ....
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Binster on May 10, 2011, 06:23:53 AM
Just like to put a quick message out... 
I have been stalking on this forum for a month until I bought my new 09 HD200 for 2400CAD (OTD).  Reading about the quality on these machines assured me that it was a good choice even taking into consideration about the parts availability.

This is a tremendously valuable resource and I am looking forward to offering any imput I can!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Mike @ Lance Powersports on May 10, 2011, 04:20:46 PM
Thanks OOts nice to be here!!!!!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Danny on May 28, 2011, 06:14:32 AM
Dan from Danny's Scooter Shop here,
I am the proud owner of an HD200 and Diane my girl rides an RV250. Neither have ever needed anything outside of maintenance. The HD has 10k miles now and the RV is just broken in at 5K.
The HD 200 has had all of the dummy lights activated a seat re-stuffed 1st by an auto upholsterer then re-upholstered by me and finally a stereo mp3 installed with handlebar controls. Still on it's original belt!!

I'm real Happy to have found this site and excited to hear that Alliance has taken on the SYM distributorship.
They have always been a stand-up company in their management of Lance product and I can only assume it will translate to a caring and responsible  management of the SYM brand.
I am certain that Alliance will be noticeably better than Carter Brothers ever was. As a dealer CB was a lesson in Frustration.

I've faithfully supported and confidently sold SYM in my shop for over three years and I am truly in love with the product.
I have learned a bit about the SYM line over time and will try to help this boards members when I can.
I will monitor when I can but be aware I'm not a talkie forum kind of guy. I usually lurk and give input when I feel my input could be of value.
In my shop I work on all brands and can say with confidence the SYM brand is better than anything Taiwan has to offer, is on par, and in some ways better than the big four Japanese brands.
Danny
Happy to be here and appreciate like people who value a secret superior product.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sebster on July 11, 2011, 06:44:55 AM
Hi,

I am a new SYM XS owner and I am really pleased about finding this site.

I was only wondering why the XS hasn't got its own section under the Motorcycles tab.

I would like to get in touch with some XS owners to discuss issues/facts, arrange some meetings etc.

Sebster
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: issack on July 14, 2011, 11:29:04 AM
hello. im new here
 Im from portugal  and i buy a new jet 125.
tranks guys
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: issack on July 14, 2011, 11:30:27 AM
hello. im new here
 Im from portugal  and i buy a new jet4  8) 125.
tranks guys 8)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: semerm12 on September 25, 2011, 12:16:15 PM
Hello from Remsen, NY. Fall is already here (even though it is going to bean unseasonable 80 degrees tomorrow)!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Walklikegump on October 18, 2011, 12:57:57 AM
Hi.  I'm Jay from England.
I have a Sym Joyride Evo 200i.   Really glad I found this forum.
Just wondering why there isn't a section for my bike? Is it available in the states?  Or called something else? 
Regards
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: stoepsl on October 18, 2011, 02:26:59 AM
What is Joyride Evo 200i?  ;D

Joke, sorry.
Wellcome at the Forum and Greating from Germany.  :P My Friend....

And now i search the Joyride section.  :-\
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: telemark1qc on October 22, 2011, 03:51:45 PM
Hi,

I have just joined the forum today. I am from Quebec Canada so please excuse any english mistakes. I Had a sym HD200 for a year I have just upgraded to a rv250. Even if the cold weather is strating to move in I went for many rides since yesterday my first day with my new ride. What a pleasant machine to drive. It is very stable and highway capable. Which the HD200 was not.

I am wandering if any members are from Quebec.

Thank you for this forum it seems to be full of info.

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: JR45 on November 09, 2011, 02:51:00 AM
Hello, hello...
And "greetings" from the UK !
Just thought I'd introduce myself...
I'm Richard and I live in Cornwall, in the south-west corner of the UK. Bought a scooter to get my wife ( Michelle ) back on two wheels after she had a car accident that messed up her lower back and prevented her from riding her Ducati Monster... Looked around for a while, and a Sym 180 Joyride came up on a local web-site at a price that was too good to miss. It's the first scooter that we've ever had ( after 32 years on motorcycles ) but what a great bike it is ! I can't believe how much fun it is to ride... More than quick enough to keep up with traffic, comfortable, and amazingly stable from walking pace right through to flat-out. I am so impressed with it that I am already considering getting a GTS300 for commuting :-)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: stoepsl on November 09, 2011, 03:48:22 AM
Greeting to Cornwell!  ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: everg on November 11, 2011, 03:19:19 PM
HI everybody i am lefteris from greece and i have a symphony sr 150.
i wonder if we have a service manual or wiring diagram for my sr 150?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sidthesloth on November 15, 2011, 07:55:04 PM
G'day Skadamo, good forum thanks. Just one question, where is the time clock? I can't seem to find one outside the profile page.
Thanks again for the forum.
Cheers,
Sid.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: skadamo on November 15, 2011, 10:13:30 PM
Your welcome! You just want a clock on the forum?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: motoc on December 14, 2011, 02:21:53 AM
Great site, congratulations!!!!!!!

Thanks for adding the "Symphony" topic.

Is there a library of service manuals or helpful hints?

jo
Title: Clock?
Post by: sidthesloth on December 14, 2011, 08:24:13 AM
G'day Skadamo, if I am not signed in, there is a clock at the log in section at the top of the home page, when I sign in, it is gone. If you could have the clock there, I would appreciate it.
Cheers,
Sid.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: DavidB on December 14, 2011, 11:18:37 AM
Why?  The clock is ALWAYS wrong!  It's off by 15 mins. now!  :D

db
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sidthesloth on December 14, 2011, 05:21:16 PM
I don't know, I can't see it> ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Tinstar on December 18, 2011, 01:29:13 PM
    Hello everyone from the great Commonwealth of Virginia in the good old USA!  Great to be here and now...a little about myself and my ride(s).  Motorized two wheelers that I have owned throughout my lifetime (58 years)...Sears minibike, red and white moped with three speed on the handle grip (brand unknown), Honda CB160 Dream, Honda CB360 Dream, Yamaha VStar 1100 with Voyager kit, and now...2008 SYM RV250.  Loved all my bikes and learned a lot from all of them.  They were what I could afford at the time and all were used, except for the minibike.  After some health issues involving things from knee surgery to a herniated disc in my neck, I thought that my riding days were over.  I still have the Yamaha, but it is for sale.  I put the voyager kit on it to help out my knees, only to discover that there was so much vibration coming up through the handlebars that it caused my herniated disc to flare up and I suffered terribly for over three months.  Thank God for steroid injections!  Saved me from having surgery.
    Anyway, I thought that my riding days were over and my motorcycle mechanic mentioned scooters.  Well, I had never even considered a scooter, thinking of these little things that people putt around on and just get in the way of traffic.  After our discussion, I came home and began to research.  Thank God for computers!  I was forced into operating computers in my job, and now that I'm retired, I am so glad that I was!  They are quite invaluable!  All of a sudden, I was in a world of the maxi-scooter...really?!  Then it came to me...I had recalled seeing what I considered to be sport bikes, but they looked a little different.  They were maxi-scooters...although I have not seen all that many.  So, the search began.  After almost making the mistake of ordering a chinese bike off the internet, someone on one of the forums suggested checking out Craigslist for some possible excellent deals.  I had not even thought about it but began to search.  I was about to get discouraged as I could find nothing in my local area, but checked an area approximately 50 miles away, and there it was...a 2009 SYM RV250, located in a good part of town, one owner, a lady, her first bike that she learned to ride on, with a few minor scratches, mainly on the bottome under the running board, where she had dropped it once.  She had completed her motorcycle safety course, her husband had gotten her a bigger motorcycle so that they could tour together, and she no longer needed the scoot.  Before going to check it out, I made her an offer of $2000.00, contingent on the bike being all she said that it was, and she accepted. 
    Okay, I'm getting long winded here.  Bottom line...checked it out, rode it, it had less than 2600 miles on it, service had been maintained by the local shop where it was purchased, everything worked perfectly, my friend helped me go and tow it home with the trailer that my motorcycle mechanic let me borrow, discovered it had been titled wrong and it was actually a 2008 (no worries), got the paper work straightened out, my motorcycle mechanic looked it over and gave it a thumbs up, I have ridden it between 400 and 500 miles, installed GPS holder for my Garmin Nuvi, deer whistles, convex mirrors, got a Laminar Lip for the windshield (have not installed this yet), and installed a permanent wire for easy hook up of my trickle charger.  Bottom line...I love this bike!  The only weak points that I have seen are what has been mentioned over and over again...pitiful latches on the small compartments (fixed with velcro), mirrors not adequate for someone with broad shoulders (hence the convex mirrors), and windshield way to small (hence the Laminar Lip).  Other than that, the bike is great!
    I truly see this as the choice of bike for us aging baby boomers on a budget!  We just need to get over the macho thing and see the scooters as the great bikes that they are!  Easy on the knees with the step through designs, easy on the wrists and hands with no shifting involved, especially in the stop and go world we live in with way too many traffic lights, and so much easier to hold up and manuver due to the lighter weight...and fantastic gas mileage!  The way gas is going up, I'll take 75mpg any day!  Oh, and did I mention "fun"?!  I discovered a world of two wheel fun that I have not experienced since I was a young boy!  I love the features on the SYM and what a well put together bike.  I got to look at a few chinese bikes that my mechanic had on hand and the quality of fit and finish was worlds apart!  I'm not putting down the chinese bikes as I know there is a place for them, I'm only giving my observations. 
    I almost didn't buy the SYM RV250 when I read about the Carter Brothers fire and how parts had gotten hard to come by...that scared me.  Then, on another forum, a guy told me about Lance and Alliance and he told me not to let parts availability be a deterent in buying the SYM bike.  He commented that he owned one, had many miles on it, and had not needed any parts anyway!  He said that by the time I needed parts, Alliance would probably be in full swing and it just wouldn't be a problem.  Thank goodness, the scooter dealership that sold my SYM bike is still in business and I got good news when I contacted them.  They are going to continue to sell and service SYM bikes and are expecting a new stock of maxi-scooters this coming Spring/Summer time frame.  This made me very happy!
    So, now the scoot is parked in my garage, hooked up to the trickle charger, and awaiting warmer weather.  I am so glad that I don't have to give up on two wheeling.  I just didn't want a small, under powered bike, as I am a big guy and didn't want to look like a freak.  People are very curious about the bike and I think that in time, with the way things are going with gas and more and more grid lock, these scoots are going to catch on big time.  I had not heard of SYM until I began doing research into the world of scooters.  My mechanic's son is a Hyundai (spelling) dealer and is very familiar with SYM.  After doing some research on SYM itself, I know that I made the right choice.
    So, there we are.  That's my story and I'm sticking too it!  I hope that I didn't bore anyone.  I'm retired now and have some time on my hands, so I tend to get a bit long winded!  Happy scootering everyone and let's promote SYM brand big time!  After checking out numerous scooters now, including the Honda and Yamaha, I say that the SYM brand should be included with them, right at the top!  Good job SYM and keep up the good work!   ;D
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: marchetto on January 09, 2012, 06:53:51 PM
Well I did posted a question about the fuel that is raccomended for the GTS 250 I evo of SYM, but no one reply , so I think this wb need t obe a life or the thngs may be going cold and forgotten ,
So any one that dear to have an idea about it?
RGDS
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Tinstar on January 10, 2012, 03:30:38 PM
Well I did posted a question about the fuel that is raccomended for the GTS 250 I evo of SYM, but no one reply , so I think this wb need t obe a life or the thngs may be going cold and forgotten ,
So any one that dear to have an idea about it?
RGDS
Use Premium...92, 93, 94...the higher the better.  If you can get straight gas with out ethanol, get that.  It's hard to find around here.  Good luck. 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GingreSnap on February 15, 2012, 08:00:15 PM
Greetings! To All SYM Enthusiasts,

I already have 6 posts under my belt and felt it was time to introduce myself.

I belong to the tribe of Symba ;D. My bike is blue & white and named Jypsy. I bought her via an online auction in 10/2011. Overall, I saved $1000 off the OTD price. :o

I am new to the 2-wheeled world and this is my very first scooter. I so love riding her.

We've already experienced being involved in an accident. There was no major damage to me or the bike, however, I really do need to learn how to fall better :P.

Also, I've laid her down :(. I had a brain fart and tried to stop just using the front handlebar brake lever forgetting all about my rear brake pedal. My front wheel locked and that's all she wrote. Pavement hurts...

Anyhoo, take care & safe ridings!!!



Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: symlover on February 17, 2012, 03:32:56 PM
Hi there ROJOSONJI! I am new to this site also, but I have had my RV250 Since December of 2009 ;D it's a good scooter and I have had great fun riding it. It's in the local Suzuki dealer getting the valves, carb and hopefully fixing my speedometer and tach so they start working again. Anyway, welcome and scoot safely!!! ;)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: HPS Motorsports on February 28, 2012, 07:48:24 PM
Hi to all.
We have just submitted our first order and according to the map, will be SYM's first listed dealer in PA.  Located in the Western Pennsylvania city of Pittsburgh, we have been in the scooter business for the past 7 years.
The addition of SYM will fill out our line-up, joining CFMOTO, Puma, and Aeolus.

We are looking forward to our newest "arrivals".
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Unpro on March 04, 2012, 07:19:16 PM
Hello everyone. Was browsing around about scooters, quaddro and roofing and all and stumbled upon this site.

tried to register just to find out I had already registered!

Owner of a Sym Nimota VTS 200 (as it is called in Malaysia, just an RV250 with a 200cc engine)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/420645_10150652653535238_623575237_9217501_460470112_n.jpg)

Here's the scooter overloaded with groceries... (that's a 45L givi box from my previous Hyosung 250 GT , which got totaled by a 3 tonne lorry)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scootrader on March 07, 2012, 07:27:07 PM
Greetings SYM Owners.

My name is Floyd, I manage Vespa Marietta in Marietta, GA.
Our shop is a dealer for SYM  and the Lance products.
I sold and serviced SYM scooters in the past under the previous distributor.
I've ridden a scooter for almost everyday in the past 6 years. I'm a vintage Vespa nut, I attend rallies and rides regularly, I love just about anything on 2 wheels.
The SYM and Lance scoots  are some of the best on the market and I feel confident standing behind their product line.
We are very excited to carry the current SYM/Lance scooters and motorcycles again. I whole heartily
believe in the product and will do my best to support anyone in need of any service or parts.
I may not post here much as running a shop takes all my time, which I love to do, so if you want to reach me, I'm just a phone call away.
Ride safe and scoot happy!

Floyd Grimm
Vespa Marietta
www.vespamarietta.com (http://www.vespamarietta.com)
770-420-8787
https://www.facebook.com/vespamarietta (https://www.facebook.com/vespamarietta)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Relentless on April 16, 2012, 02:58:16 AM
Hey! We are PGH Motorcycles in scarborough UK.   ;D

We have a large selection of new and second hand parts!  :)

Just set up a new website so check it out!!

http://www.pghmotorcyclebreakers.co.uk/shop/ (http://www.pghmotorcyclebreakers.co.uk/shop/)

Or check our show room stock! great deals & Prices everyday

http://www.pghmotorcyclebreakers.co.uk/ (http://www.pghmotorcyclebreakers.co.uk/)

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: mettyfish on July 20, 2012, 03:06:19 PM
Hello, I just wanted to intoduce myself. I live in Kansas City and just bought an RV250. I have had many motorcycles and scooters and now own 2 Genuine Buddies that my wife rides, a Kymco People S250 and now an Sym RV250. I have a lake cabin so I need scoots for the wife and I in both places. I have had bikes like Honda Shadows to trail bikes and then got turned on to scooters. Owned a Burgman a few years ago. I am enjoying the Sym so far. I bought a used one with 1100 miles on it. Good power and top speed. Seems a lot lower then my S250 and a lot more storage and frills. Windshield is way to short as I am 6'4". I have been reading a lot of info here on the forum and there is some great info. Thanks and good to be here and I will chime in once and a while. Thanks, Mettyfish
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: subcy on August 01, 2012, 07:16:11 AM
Hi,

I'm new here from Hungary. I have a Peugeot Tweet 50cc 4T scooter which is basically a Sym Symphony (it's a Peugeot, badged as a SYM means it's a SYM). A scooter with 16" alloy wheels. Aside from some visual differences it looks like same as the Symphony is. In Hungary this model is not distributed so we have imported it from Germany. I've already replaced the engine and the gearbox oil and changed the spark plug. I really like it! Consumption is between 2.5-2.9 l/100km and the speed reduction was removed. Allegedly there is another reduction, but I think the speed and the consumption now is OK for me.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Westy 71 on September 29, 2012, 01:32:17 AM
Hi,

Im chris from the UK, i currently own a sym symphony sr 125, its been a great bike for me. i have ordered the new sym joymax 125i and still waiting for delivery after being put back twice from mid sept to early oct and now end oct. i havent seen much on the net about the bike but what i have seen looks really good. im looking for customer/owner reviews on the bike and would appreciate if anyone has seen any reviews from owners of the new scooter (branded gts in europe) so i can see what owners think of this scooter and if its gonna be as good as i hope.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: polar bear on October 18, 2012, 08:45:27 AM
Hi

I'm a happy owner from Greece  ( gts 300 )
for 3 years and 42.000km - 26.000miles,
so far minor problems
lots of travel.

Nice to meet you.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: suitcasejefferson on October 18, 2012, 11:57:00 PM
Hi, my name is Jim, from Phoenix, AZ. I am a 53 year old lifelong rider and have been an auto mechanic for 35 years. I have owned several large bikes, but find small bikes to be a lot of fun, and have probably had more of them than big ones. I do not own a SYM yet. I went to the local SYM dealer to check out the Symba (have always loved the Cub, and have owned 2 Passports) when I found the Wolf 150 Classic. I already have a Genuine Stella 2 stroke, a Zuma 125, and a Vino 125, but at the moment do not have a small motorcycle. My last one was a Kawasaki Eliminator 125, which I put 20,000+ miles on before selling it. If it had had a centerstand I would probably have kept it. That was the first thing that caught my attention about the Wolf Classic, well, right after the really cool retro styling. I plan to buy one during the next couple of weeks, but just read the post about people having a hard time getting parts and service manuals. That is a sad situation, especially after the Carter Brothers fiasco, but I don't think it will stop me from getting one. While SYM makes a quality product, they seem to be having problems finding a good U.S. importer.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Tinstar on December 09, 2012, 02:48:38 PM
Welcome!  Lance, the current importer, is bringing SYM back from the ashes...literally!  Just give them a chance...it's a huge job I'm sure.  They have already come a long way and I do believe that they will do very well in the next couple of years.  We just need to be patient.  Every time I get a little impatient, I get on my RV-250 and realize what a fantastice bike it is.  I am going to remain loyal to SYM and see what happens.  I feel better about everything now than I did a while back.  We SYM owners are very lucky to have such reliable scooters.  So far, I have not needed anything but the normal things for maintenance.  Other than that, my 2008 has been a pure joy!  With gas prices the way they are along with the ever increasing traffic...scooters are going to become more and more popular in the good old US of A and once the word really gets out about SYM and their reliability...I don't think that there will be any stopping them!  So...just be patient and jump off the fence if you are on it.  By the way...I went on line and found the exact manual for my bike.  Printed it out with no problem!  Best of luck from a very happy SYM owner! 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: scooter_dave on December 29, 2012, 07:55:11 PM
Hi all,

I am a VS150s owner and live in Darwin, which is in the Northern Territory of Australia (for the non-Aussies!)

I've been on two wheels (motorised versions) since 1981, so I have a few miles under my belt.....

I've had a stack of motorcycles over the years, being a relatively recent convert to scooters.

I've previously owned a 2007 Burgman 400 - a beautiful machine - but the dreaded "clutch-squeal issue" drove me to distraction.  I then went back to a Kawasaki KLR650, which was a good, albeit cheap, chook-chaser.  I had a ball modifying the cr*p out of that one! 

I then moved to a Suzuki Bandit 1250SA, but found that despite it being a magnificent machine, I just wasn't using it.  Great for a Sunday "fang", but most impractical day-to-day and not happy in stop-and-go traffic.  It got to the stage where it was only being ridden once a month or so, so it went on sale and I bought the VS.  I really can't go past the practicality of a scooter, and they're FUN!  Nobody expects you to win the "traffic light grand prix", everything goes under the seat or in the top-box and they're awesome in the cut 'n thrust of city traffic.... oh, and did I mention they're FUN?

The VS is a wonderful little machine, and I love the awesome luggage-capacity (especially with a top-box).  Unfortunately though, my daily commute includes a large percentage of 100 km/h stretches, and the poor little thing has to be thrashed to maintain that speed, so I've now decided to move to a new MaxSym 400i.  They've just landed in Australia and the first one (hopefully mine!) should be here in Darwin mid-January.

I look forward to chatting with all you other Sym fans.

Take care,
Dave
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: raybackjoe on February 04, 2013, 12:45:10 PM
This excellent forum is a great piece of advice!  I wanted to begin one myself, but I never had the initiative.
   I like it a good deal greater than the Yahoo group.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: zimtuff on February 24, 2013, 09:55:57 PM
Hi just joined the forum today  Im in Perth Western Australia and bought  a used 2007 HD200 for a $1000.Best $1000 I have ever spent.
I first got to know the SYM brand while I was holidaying in Vietnam. I go there frequently and noticed that every 5th or 6th scooter was a SYM which I had not heard of before.
I ended up buying one ,it was SYM Shark 125 2010 model with 5700klms for 27 million dong ($1300 AUD) .I rode it around a for month ,and although its at its limits with a 6.2 rider like myself,I was impressed by its powerful little 125cc engine and the overall quality and ride.
The Shark 125 doesnt seem to exist in many countries outside of SE Asia,the Shark models in oz are completely different.
Its up there now waiting for my next trip to Vietnam in 6 weeks and now I have one at home as well.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Driller on February 25, 2013, 07:01:29 PM
Hello to all on the Forum. New member from Western NC here. I am blessed to live where the roads gain altitude and attitude. 8)
I am getting close to bringing a Sym home. The choice will be between the HD200 and RV200 models. I am stepping down from a Majesty 400 and Vulcan 800. Smaller has always been more fun for me over the years..more"smiles per miles".
I look forward to learning from the pool of knowledge here and joining the SYM community.
Cheers!
Mike J
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: euro mx125 on February 26, 2013, 06:01:49 AM
hello guys new guy here from england uk have a 2004 sym euro mx 125  :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Pianoman on February 27, 2013, 02:50:21 PM
Hi there.

I'm from Portugal and a proud owner of a Sym Maxsym 400i.
By the way...where's the section dedicated to Maxsym in this forum?

Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ootscoot on February 27, 2013, 05:27:24 PM
yea! where is that section?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: DeepSeaWolf on April 27, 2013, 11:32:41 PM
New here from So. Cal.  The just got the wolf classic as my local intown toy. So far so good, this company can have so much more...

Only if they mass produced good quality maintenance parts and repair manuals.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Seal Sam on May 06, 2013, 07:19:52 AM
Noob here from Seal Beach, CA.  Been riding since I was a kid but never had been on a scooter.  Bought the '09 HD 10 days ago and have loving it ever since. 
(http://sealsam.smugmug.com/Other/Sym-Scoot/i-tN8Stcm/0/M/IMAG0270-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: nmelendez on June 13, 2013, 11:32:59 AM
Hi there. 
I've had my Sym Fiddle II for a year now and am lovin' it!! I'm from Naperville Illinois and want to get together with some scooter fans for group rides, anyone interested? 
I sometimes ride with a group from Chicago.

Safe riding!!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Puma on June 13, 2013, 12:46:40 PM
Hello I'm new to the site. I'm considering getting a Citicom 300 and found this wonderful place full of Sym owners so I hope to learn about all your experiences ....Julio :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: witch on June 29, 2013, 04:08:22 PM
Brand new owner here! I got a 2013 HD 200 Evo on Thursday, and am so excited to be joining your ranks!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Dave 556 on August 16, 2013, 04:01:45 PM
Another new Sym owner here saying hello before moving on to the Joyride section.  I started with a motorbike back in 1996 and added a Peugeot Elyseo 125. Sold the 'bike as the scooter was getting more use and later moved up to a Piaggio X9 250 which I owned for about 6 years. As the X9 was now about 11 years old it was part-ex'ed for a 2012 registered Joyride 200i evo a few weeks ago. My main vehicle is a car but for short trips around town (free parking!) it's the scooter unless it's raining or freezing cold.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: CapnK on August 26, 2013, 05:26:01 PM
Good to see new owners joining the online SYM community! Welcome aboard! :)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: rgraeflin on November 17, 2013, 11:58:35 AM
Hi there

I am Reto from Switzerland and own a SYM VS 125 since around 160 kilometers. I am pretty new to scooter driving, but fairly experienced in motorcycling as such. After 6 warranty cases with my 50 ccm Peugeot Kisbee I replaced it with the SYM VS 125. I am very pleased with the first experiences so far. It feels really comfortable, the consumption is moderate and even at night, the lighting is well enoug to show the way on the road. I really hope that I will stay as happy. For now, the quality is outstanding compared with the Peugeot, however. My "real" motorcycles always used to be Hondas, which for me still are the crème de la crème, however they also cost an awful lot of money... looking forward to interesting discussions.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sym200 on January 10, 2014, 12:33:44 PM
New to this forum. I've been a scooter rider since 2006 when I bought a new Tank 150 Racer. It had to be constantly babied and maintained but it gave me 18,000 actual miles of enjoyable riding (except for the rough ride). I ride 17-18 miles each way to work on country roads with speeds rangeing 40-55 mph. I basically road the old Tank to death going close to top end most of the time. Started having issues with the second engine/cvt when my lovely wife started feeling sorry for me (with my help) and told me to get a new scoot. I settled on the RV200 and wish that would have been one of my options in 2006. The quick throttle and smooth ride is absolutely amazing. I just wish it would warm up and dry out a little. Basically had to put it away for the winter right after I got it broken in.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GLV55 on January 10, 2014, 01:43:48 PM
Hello, sym200--
I see you are in Meridian, I live in Nampa, and was just curious - did you get your scooter at Scooters of Boise? Good to see more scooter riders in the valley!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: sym200 on January 10, 2014, 01:51:10 PM
Hello, sym200--
I see you are in Meridian, I live in Nampa, and was just curious - did you get your scooter at Scooters of Boise? Good to see more scooter riders in the valley!

Yes I did. I ordered the rear rack and 'storage trunk' two weeks later. Riding season was already over by the time it arrived so it's just sitting in the garage looking 'purty'. I use Victory and Gowen riding back and forth to work at Micron (when it's warm enough). I bought the 2006 Tank I used to have at ScootersUSA in Middleton. They went out of business about 2008 when the gas prices started dropping again. I see that A1 Scooters on Fairview, or the scooter dealer at the Harley dealer in Meridian are no long around either. The 'two old gals' at Scooters of Boise are the only ones left that I know of.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GLV55 on January 10, 2014, 03:32:45 PM
My wife and I bought our scooters from S.o.B. in May. She has a Havana Classic and I have a PCH 150. I was tempted by both the SD200 and the RV200, but it just wasn't in the budget, unfortunately. I did take a test ride, though, and the 200 is a marvelous bike. We live on Victory in Nampa, and it is our main route into Boise and Meridian, so maybe I will see you on the road sometime. My PCH is matte black like yours, and my wife's scooter is butterscotch,so if you see us, give a big wave.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: 8shot on February 05, 2014, 11:35:52 AM
hi guys thought I would say hello . im paul and live in devon uk . and have just got a second hand sym xs 125k 2008 at a bargain price 120gbp it has a few problems but all in its in good condition with only 2k miles on it..   

is there a section for the sym xs or am I being blind... .  .   

regards paul
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Torkijo on February 11, 2014, 02:27:13 PM
Saying Hello,

Back on 2 wheels again after a 11 year gap (took that long to persuade my wife to let me back), had a local dealer witching to Kymco so got his last Joyride 125 for 32% off and now enjoying the 12mile commute to Warwick in Warwickshire UK each day :-)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: hardtimes on March 31, 2014, 05:26:39 PM
moderators!
     Is there a moderator in this forum? I have looked through the options, and cannot find out how to speak with a moderator. I would like to stay here, and learn, but I have a hound dog at my heels. How do I post for a moderator?
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: iker on April 04, 2014, 10:36:02 AM
hi, I'm ike from Alamogordo,n.m.got a new Sym HD200EVO two days ago.I also have a 2013 Piaggio bv350. had to drive to tempe,AZ. 900 miles to get scot. Had a 2007 Kymco
people S125, now for sale. 60 miles on new 200.so far its great. loads of power and great
handing. windshield on order. its up to 52 so its time to ride. see yea,ike
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: ALY-B on May 13, 2014, 05:28:01 PM
Hello,I am another mature biker.
I have owned a number of motorbikes and scooters over the years.
I recently bought a Sym maxsym 400i cat-d write off,13 plate with 141 miles on the clock.
I stripped it down and rebuilt it using new parts,now ready to put back on the road. :D 
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Stilton no cheese on May 14, 2014, 06:23:41 PM
Hi everybody, Stilton no cheese here.
Just picked up my new maxsym 600i abs.
Covered 75 miles already and didn't feel like I had travelled at all.
Running in is tedious(not over 4000rpm for the first 500 miles).
Then not over 5000rpm till 1000 miles.
Maxxis tyres are okay so long as you let them warm up.
Running on high octane petrol and she is as smooth as silk.
Will post again when there are a few more miles under the wheels.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Capt Kirk on June 03, 2014, 08:29:37 AM
Welcome Stilton no cheese..............That's a fine looking 600 you have. Keep us informed on how it performs and pics.


Hi everybody, Stilton no cheese here.
Just picked up my new maxsym 600i abs.
Covered 75 miles already and didn't feel like I had travelled at all.
Running in is tedious(not over 4000rpm for the first 500 miles).
Then not over 5000rpm till 1000 miles.
Maxxis tyres are okay so long as you let them warm up.
Running on high octane petrol and she is as smooth as silk.
Will post again when there are a few more miles under the wheels.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: jenksy on June 07, 2014, 09:20:14 AM
Hello everyone
My name is Kevin. From Southampton England. I ride a Sym Symply2 50cc scooter. I am s member of a uk sym forum and only started riding in September 2013. I bought my scooter for getting me to work and back a round trip of 10 miles. I used to do the journey by bicycle but was finding the up hill bits becoming harder so thought a scooter would be perfect. And what fun I'm having! My Symply has been derestricted (as I'm an old git its ok) so I am is able to use the 2 short stretches of 40mph road without causing problems for other road users (other than the fact that some people like to go over the speed limits and I do not, actually more of a problem in the 30 mph bits!). I also only ride when it's dry weather (this where you Americans say "but it always rains in the uk") and use my car if its wet, never the less I have covered 1700 kms in about 8 months! I am having fun and have been learning about doing my own servicing and maintenance as in the uk this can be fairly expensive (£70 to change my oil!) and really is not to hard to do. It's great for getting me to the Ageas Bowl as well to watch cricket ( that's the English game where they can play a match lasting 4 days and it still ends in a draw! I love it.). I'll sign off now but I enjoy reading the posts on this forum so as Arnie says "I'll be back". Stay safe on the roads now.
jenksy
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Capt Kirk on June 07, 2014, 02:23:32 PM
Welcome Kevin and thanks for your info. Know you are enjoying your Symply2. It is nice to be able to do your own maintenance. I get to know my scoot better and yes, save a ton of $$. I have watched Cricket on TV, but the only cricket I am very familiar with, is Jiminy Cricket. Well, I also have used a cricket or two for fishing.;)
I think England's weather is rather cheeky.....stay safe on the scoot and send some pics when you get a chance.


Hello everyone
My name is Kevin. From Southampton England. I ride a Sym Symply2 50cc scooter. I am s member of a uk sym forum and only started riding in September 2013. I bought my scooter for getting me to work and back a round trip of 10 miles. I used to do the journey by bicycle but was finding the up hill bits becoming harder so thought a scooter would be perfect. And what fun I'm having! My Symply has been derestricted (as I'm an old git its ok) so I am is able to use the 2 short stretches of 40mph road without causing problems for other road users (other than the fact that some people like to go over the speed limits and I do not, actually more of a problem in the 30 mph bits!). I also only ride when it's dry weather (this where you Americans say "but it always rains in the uk") and use my car if its wet, never the less I have covered 1700 kms in about 8 months! I am having fun and have been learning about doing my own servicing and maintenance as in the uk this can be fairly expensive (£70 to change my oil!) and really is not to hard to do. It's great for getting me to the Ageas Bowl as well to watch cricket ( that's the English game where they can play a match lasting 4 days and it still ends in a draw! I love it.). I'll sign off now but I enjoy reading the posts on this forum so as Arnie says "I'll be back". Stay safe on the roads now.
jenksy
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Pianoman on July 22, 2014, 08:32:52 AM
Hi all

I'm Pianoman from Portugal and I'm a SYM enthusiast!
I currently ride a SYM Maxsym 600i ABS (sport version) from May 2014.
I also had two other SYM machines: SYM Maxsym 400i (from July 2012) and SYM Maxsym 400i ABS (from June 2013).

So, as you guys can see, I buy a SYM Maxsym every 11 months! LOL

I'm also the administrator of "Forum Maxsym Portugal" and you're all very welcome there (in portuguese language...but you can always use Google Translate).

I also want to leave here a question: why there is no specific section for Maxsym????? Isn't that strange?

Thanks a lot and I'll post some photos soon of my bike if you want.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Ricky H on September 24, 2014, 07:48:38 AM
Hi, I'm Rick from Torbay, Devon in England. Recently bought a 2008 SYM Joyride 200 and loving every minute of it. I have been into the classic scooter scene, as well as MZ motorcycles for many years, but have liked the look of the Joyride for some time and decided to go for one as soon as one became available locally. I'm also a member of the SYM Owners UK Group and working with others to help build an active SYM scene in the UK.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: superiorscooter on December 28, 2014, 06:53:52 AM
Hi, Im Peter from CT. I own Superior Scooter in Meriden, Ct. I just wanted to reach out to everyone and let you all know we will be a full line SYM & Lance dealership serving all of New England and New York for 2015. you can follow us on Facebook or visit our web site at www.superiorscooter.com (http://www.superiorscooter.com)
or www.facebook.com/superiorscooter (http://www.facebook.com/superiorscooter)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Markdam on January 09, 2015, 07:20:28 PM
Hi I just bought a 2009 RV 250 who is selling parts for the scooter in the USA ?
I just put the tall windshield in my cart at euro scooter or something and it was $130 shipped seems fairly reasonable other than that I just need a few odds and ends
i'm amazed at how fast the scooter is for 250
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: vare_1 on February 27, 2016, 07:49:28 AM
hey all im vare_1  and im the proud owner of a sym jet4 125 see you guys about.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: julius on March 08, 2016, 12:17:51 AM
Hello everybody.  I've been lurking on this forum for a couple of years.  My name is Julius and I live in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  I've been riding a 2008 HD 200 for some time now. 

The weather here was great today.  I uncovered the bike and rode it for a while and it felt great.  I hope tomorrow is good riding weather.























Title: HELLO!
Post by: RubyRed on April 25, 2016, 11:09:46 AM
I am new here and new to scooter ownership. I purchased a Cabo 150 this past Friday. I have a question about the colors on the instrumentation. How do I set it to stay one color, without changing colors? Thanks in advance.
RubyRed.
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: BigOldDog on May 10, 2016, 03:25:02 AM
Hi All, I'm picking up my new SYM 600i in about 2 hours, and by pure chance I have just stumbled on this site, funny (almost) as I have spent more time on this purchase than any other of the many bikes and couple of scooters I've ever owned, it came down to a choice between a Piaggio X10 350cc and the SYM 600i, on looks and style the Piaggio has it in spades but for me the test ride clinched it, with the wife on board we flitted across the city, out on to the highway and back through a selection of roundabouts, bearing in mind it was a brand new bike, right off the showroom floor, and obviously a tight motor, the power was more than enough, we hit 100kmh effortlessly between the lights and 130kmh when on the highway, I wasn't going to blow up a brand new scoot so didn't take it any further, more important to me than the absolute top speed was the city acceleration, we blew away an aggressive solo Kymco 300 rider, and left all other traffic behind at a succession of lights, squirting and filtering through traffic at various speeds was easy. Vibration was slightly noticeable (possibly because I was particularly looking for it??) but not bad, and certainly not intrusive through the handlebars which gives me numb fingers quickly. I didn't notice the wind and neither did the wife, the screen was on the lowest setting.
For me the Sym600 is very comfortable, the handle bars felt just right and being able to move my legs around is a big plus, and (Very Importantly) my wife said several times how she felt comfortable on the back, getting it on and off the center stand was dead easy and the the whole scoot just felt solid.

Negatives: (1) The long wheelbase is going to stop me wriggling (as opposed to filtering) through very heavy traffic. (2) The little center display on the dash is unreadable in bright sunlight, but as when riding I'm really only interested in gas/speed/temperature I'm not too bothered.
The dealer is a great guy (So Far :) ), it's a family business and he is very customer oriented, he showed me his spare parts department and it was very impressive, about the same size as the stores when I was selling Toyota & Lexus, just hope they are the rights spares! He did tell me he has only sold 10 SYM 600s but promised me he keeps all service items in stock, he has a huge amount of small SYM sales both to bike hire companies and privately, so I'm hopeful I won't have the problems some have had with Piaggio spares here.  Great Site, I'll be dropping in often. 8)
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: GLV55 on May 10, 2016, 09:01:17 PM
Glad to have you aboard, dog. I wish we could get SYM 600s over here in the states, but the CitiCom 300 is as large as we can get. Thanks for the report on the test ride, and enjoy that scooter! Cheers!
Title: Re: Welcome!
Post by: Magwitch on December 03, 2016, 04:50:11 PM
Hello all!
I have been a lifelong biker and recently moved over to scooters, odd you may think but i think i need to get back to grass roots so to speak, big bikes are fine but constantly owning them has made my lose my two wheel mojo and it's become serious with nomfun involved, and i remembered buying a knackered scooter for eighty quid during a particularly low period and enjoyed it enormously.
So here I am with a Lexmoto diablo and my project, a fiddle2 50, which i am busy coverting to 125cc, a nice little project and having fun with it however there are still a few obstacles to overcome, i hope to have what i think is a lovely little Vespa clone on the road in the new year.
I a, also a qualified bike mechanic so if i can be of help i would be more than happy.
Jon.
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Post by: bazza9001 on April 08, 2017, 01:07:39 PM
new to the site hello all 😊😊
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Post by: Tromper on April 08, 2017, 04:42:42 PM
Hello Bazza
Where ya from, whatcha ride?
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Post by: bazza9001 on April 19, 2017, 09:21:46 AM
im from the uk in kent i just got a little jet euro x
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Post by: Tromper on April 19, 2017, 05:57:25 PM
Looks like a fun bike.  A two stroke no less.  They still selling those new in the UK?
Kinda thinking the way things are going for emissions two strokes are becoming a thing of the past, at least around here.
Did you get the 50cc or the 100?
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Post by: bazza9001 on April 20, 2017, 01:12:32 AM
got the 100cc its not a bad little bike can chuck it bout no issue lol i got it very cheep and in wicked condition 😀😀
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Post by: Tromper on April 20, 2017, 06:06:58 PM
Wicked indeed, light and quick if not fast.  A great little city runner, or further if a bit bold.
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Post by: bazza9001 on April 24, 2017, 09:30:40 AM
defo does the job was guna up a pic but cant work out how to upload one 🤔🤔
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Post by: david23 on June 05, 2017, 03:37:14 PM
Hello, this is david23, I'm glad I found this forum I realize that forums are usually for people who need mechanical advise on their vehicles because they have some kind of issue or issues with their vehicle I guess I'm lucky and I haven't experienced any major issues with my 2015 HD 200 so that kind of makes me feel like I'm not one of the group, but that's not how it is in reality I'm glad your forum is here for any possible problems that may arise, but even if not, it's good to know this thing is available for the entertainment value and other reasons That's all I got for now, have a good one
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Post by: Tromper on June 05, 2017, 05:46:46 PM
Don't sweat it Dave.  It took my blue HD years before it gave me any flak, & no need to feel left out if yours doesn't.
About the only thing I'd suggest, if you haven't done this yet, is to swap out the factory bricks for some better tires.
When I did that my only thought was exactly the same as everybody else..."Why didn't I do this sooner".
The factory ones wear like iron, but handle poorly, particularly in the rain, vs. other choices.

Keep the rubber to the road.
Tromper

Hello, this is david23, I'm glad I found this forum I realize that forums are usually for people who need mechanical advise on their vehicles because they have some kind of issue or issues with their vehicle I guess I'm lucky and I haven't experienced any major issues with my 2015 HD 200 so that kind of makes me feel like I'm not one of the group, but that's not how it is in reality I'm glad your forum is here for any possible problems that may arise, but even if not, it's good to know this thing is available for the entertainment value and other reasons That's all I got for now, have a good one
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Post by: Syd on June 06, 2017, 12:03:56 AM
I couldn't agree more on both counts. Don't feel separated from other SYMForum members; post good rides in your area, or just things like your Life post.

I neglected to change out the Duros until ~10k. What a difference!
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Post by: SYMmike on July 31, 2017, 06:52:46 PM
Hey everyone, I had my RV250 parked for awhile while I was busy with other things. I decided to dust it off  the other day and give it a good cleaning, change fluids, replace a head lamp, and put fresh fuel in. Charged the battery and took it out for a 100 mile ride. Flawless, until I stopped for gas and the battery was dead. Turns out the battery was bad causing all sorts of weird readings and running issues after I got it jumped. Put a new battery in and presto! The scoot was running great again. The only problem is the brake light stays on all the time. Even when I disconnected the brake switches they still stay on. I can start the scoot too without pressing the brake lever. Looks like I have to look for the short/continuity in that wire. ::)
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Post by: Tromper on July 31, 2017, 11:16:19 PM
Well heck, good to cya back up and running...Sounds like a fun error (I hate wiring work)
Keep us posted & keep the dusty..er shiny side up :D
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Post by: SYMmike on August 01, 2017, 12:06:38 PM
Well heck, good to cya back up and running...Sounds like a fun error (I hate wiring work)
Keep us posted & keep the dusty..er shiny side up :D
Thanks, I will.
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Post by: SYMmike on August 08, 2017, 05:23:38 PM
I have continuity in the tail/brake light. Which leaves the brake light on all the time through the running lights. I either have to replace or try to fix what I have. I believe its a closed/sealed component so I will have to replace.
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Post by: stepthrutunèr on September 21, 2017, 01:14:23 PM
Hi.

New member here.  Well, been member for over two years and have posted once but wish to formally do it right so here goes...

I have been riding scooters since 2003, having owned a 2003 50cc Touhe 4t, 2002 Derbi Atlantis 50 2t, 2008 Burgman 400 and SYM HD 200.  I still have all but the Touhe and the Atlantis has been sitting up for around three years.

I have ridden all these scooters over 25,000 miles and do my own mods and repairs.  Getting on in years (now 66) and with considerable osteoarthritis in my knees (one replaced), hips (now my worst source of pain) and shoulders I tired of fiddling with the finicky and thirsty fuel characteristics of two strokes, especially modded ones and decided to go with larger four strokes.

The Burgman is great with a fantastic combination of speed, utility and economy.  The heft (460 lbs), however, at rest did not suit my arthritic conditions thus inspiring me to buy the HD 200.  It is now my go-to scooter and I only ride the Burgman when I need either the storage or the speed for interstate hwy. travel.  I ride the SYM to my job everyday save for perhaps a few a year countable on one hand.

I have education and work experiences in mechanical and electrical/electronic maintenance and have been a motorsports enthusiast since my teens.  I currently work as a 6 MGD municipal/rural surface water production plant third shift operator in a small SW Arkansas community.

I am a charter member of 49ccscoot.proboards.com scooter forums also under the username - stepthrutuner.

Don't know how active I will be here but I am thankful for this forum and may contribute from time to time.