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Citycom 300 / Senior Citizen Citycom Rolls Again
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:23:05 PM »
I was having so much fun with the new V-Strom 1000 last year that I didn't get around to riding the scoot. An injury and concussion at work meant that I needed to get back on two wheels with something more friendly and easier to manage.

A new monster AGM battery ( the V-Strom 1000 size will fit!) and copious amounts of WD-40 on the switches and it fired right up. 33,000 km and 800 added a couple of days later. It turns out that a Michelin Citygrip likes more air in the front for the twisties (32) than what SYM says. What a sweet ride! What a great handling little bike. The winds were strong and gusty and I had my six-four perched forward until my knees were just touching,  everything was suddenly stable and fun.

6500-7000 and it was zipping along with the holiday rush. The bike runs much better than new. I can hardly wait to pile on more miles.

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Citycom 300 / SYM parts in Canada
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:18:17 PM »
So my new belt and brake discs have come in. It took a little over two weeks from the time I ordered the parts until I got the call from Daytona. I've never had parts I've ordered come in any faster for my Suzuki's; so I think this is pretty decent service for a small market like Canada. This is way better service than I got from the old distributer.

So all the griping (some of it mine) that there were no parts available in Canada; that is no longer true.

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Citycom 300 / brakes and other stuff
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:27:31 AM »
So it turns out that at 32000 km my rotors are almost shot. I've never had rotors wear out on a motorcycle before. It's interesting, the Citycom is the most reliable bike I've ever owned. It's clear that SYM put their effort and money into the important stuff: The engine, driveline and electrics and cheaped out on things like rotors, pads and the battery, that would be easy to fix.

If you have to build to a price; this is the way to do it. Even the Kymco guy at the shop where I get my bike serviced told me, " this bike will last a long time."

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Citycom 300 / Yippie!!!!!
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:31:17 AM »
The Citycom is back……In Canada that is. Even better it's listed about $900 cheaper than it was in 2009 with the last distributer. I thought they were gone for good which made me sad. I love the handling, ergos and weather protection of the Com and I haven't been able to find anything that I would want to replace it with. Kymco makes nice bikes and we have a local dealer who would love to sell me a bike, but the only Kymco I fit on is the 205cc GTi 200 which in fact is about the same price, but to me just doesn't compare. Less room, no windshield, no storage, a dinky little seat and a stupid gas filler under that seat. I'll take the Citycom anyday.

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Citycom 300 / Good bikes
« on: October 03, 2013, 09:03:34 PM »
Well I've had my 09 Citycom since 2010 and it just keeps humming along. Other than routine service all I have needed recently was to give the little stepper motor in the fuel injection a good shot of WD-40 to restore it to life. No parts needed.

I've owned many bikes in the last 45 years and this is by far the most reliable. At 29000 km the valves are still fine and the OE rollers still look perfect. Front brake pads are my most frequent expense; EBC organics about every 7000 miles.

I did get my air filter replaced; but when I looked at the old one with about 9000 miles on it it still looked fine. Compared to any other bike I have owned there isn't much to do except ride. It's a nice problem to have.

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Citycom 300 / Citycom Respect
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:46:57 PM »
3300 km, 7 days, the finest backroad twisties in the Kootenay's, Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper,  8% grades many miles long: the Citycom conquered them all.

It also hauled my large self and camping gear over the Rogers Pass on the Trans Canada (twice ) and handled days of wicked gusty windstorms. On the really big hills I would hold the throttle at normal level cruise and let the CVT gear me over without strain. It's all about respect, a little motor hauling a big load a long way.

I checked the oil frequently; better to look stupid than to be stupid but it never needed any. 28000 km and it runs like a train.

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HD200 / It's back!
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:53:06 PM »
We haven't had any SYM scoots for sale in the Great white North for awhile now. The HD200 is back. So far it's the only CVT scoot that's back, but the HD is such a great little overachiever for a good price; that it's a good place to start.

Oh Happy Day! SYM is back. (sort of)

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General Discussion / SYM's we can't have
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:15:30 PM »
If you want to be really depressed in America check out:

scooter-infos.com/essai-1805-sym-gts-300-2012.html
It's a French on-line moto mag with a blurb on the 'big' block SYM 300 with 279cc and 29 HP. There is also excellent information on the Max-SYM, a bike that in comparison with the popular Burgman 400 has a much stiffer frame, larger front wheel, more high speed stability and killer high spec front brakes. In other words, a serious riders bike.

It's not fast though; not nearly as quick off the line as my Citycom and just ever so slightly slower on the top end than the Burgman, but who cares? We NEED this bike.

Actually it could be worse. If you were on my side of the border in Canada, there are no new SYM scooters for sale new at all. Bummer.

You will need to use Chrome to access Google translate which can be a little funky at times; but brush up on your contextual reading skills and it will be worthwhile.

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General Discussion / New bikes
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:41:57 PM »
We need a listing for the 400. I know it's not available in the US or Canada, but North America isn't the world. Also the new RV200. That's a sharp looking bike.

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General Discussion / MaxSYM
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:50:13 AM »
I see the German's French and the Italian's have the new 400. The Brit's don't. I wonder how they decide. It's interesting that we won't be getting it here for quite some time when the Burgman 400 is so popular.

If I wanted a 400 SYM I would have to trade in my Citycom (not going to happen!!!!!) or sell my V-Strom 1000 and buy the SYM400i if and when it ever gets here. OTOH I could trade in my Strom for a Burgman tomorrow. Decisions.........

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Citycom 300 / A good day
« on: August 16, 2011, 06:19:37 PM »
It was sort of a cruddy looking day heavily overcast and not particularly warm for mid August but I was suffering from a bad case of ride lust. One more week to vacation......YAY!!!!!!!

 So I have two choices here close to the border. I can head east on the main drag  fighting bumper to bumper road stupidity and construction; no fun at all. Or I can head for the old HWY 7; not much less crowded but at least it's scenic with a handful of interesting curves.

This is pretty low on the thrill scale; but it's still nice to get out on the Citycom and just chill. Surprise No 1. Almost no traffic. In the summer???? (Such as it is). Surprise No 2, No wind and even better, no construction.

I had forgotten what a pleasure it can be to carve perfect curves with total awareness instead of being constantly focused on potential external threat. On a small nimble bike and an empty road, it took me way back to a simpler time.

There is one short stretch of steep wicked curves to look forward to and the Citycom shone. The big bikes always   feel a little awkward here. There isn't time to really get into the groove. I always feel totally at home on the Citycom  in a corner; any corner. What a fine handling motorcycle.

What should have been humdrum and ordinary became memorable.

Do you ever have a day's ride like that?

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Citycom 300 / Weird lighting issue
« on: August 13, 2011, 06:24:10 PM »
I have the standard lighting on my Citycom. As we all know, lowbeam as it is factory set is useless. I just ride around with high beams on my nightly commute. It works well. There is a good spread of light and since it is not sharply focused the lighting is not affected by our crappy roads. It doesn't seem to bother the other drivers; I can't remember the last time I got flashed, I guess because people have gotten used to HID lights on all the highend German and Japanese cars here.

Riding beside other cars on the dark highway I have noticed that my 35 W high beams give a similar spread of light as the low beams on latemodel cars with good lighting. So it seems all is sweetness and light.

I had to ride home on a detour the other night due to construction . The speeds were lower than usual and I was feeling kindly so I left my lights on lowbeam to give the other drivers a break. They say no good deed goes unpunished. The oncoming traffic was visibly annoyed. Drivers were flashing their lights in protest, some were sufficiently annoyed to switch their high beams on and leave them.

I was shocked at the reaction to what in effect is lighting so low and cut off as to be almost useless.

What I know is that lowbeam is much more focused. What I suspect is that the bike jumping around on a rough road was giving oncoming traffic a very unpleasant blast of focused light right into the eyeballs.

Back to highbeam again and everybody is happy. Weird huh???

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Citycom 300 / Check Yer Coolant
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:42:48 AM »
I was reading the travails of another member on this site with his HD 200. At 21000 miles his head gasket is toast and his bike nearly ran out of coolant. Now my Citycom only has 11300 km on it but it got me curious; How is my beast doing?

There have been no obvious signs of overheating.  Well mine was low too, not disastrously low but low nonetheless. Obviously unlike a modern car, the check engine light does not come on if the coolant is low.

Now what was interesting was was I had been seeing signs that the bike was due for service. It wasn't starting quite as quick at times. (New battery????),  the idle speed had become somewhat more erratic at times ( valve adjustment coming due?) and takeoff at light throttle wasn't as smooth ( clutch linings getting glazed?)

So I top up the coolant and and the bike is WAY smoother. The idle speed is now rock steady; no more up and down, the bike starts instantly and takeoff is now dead smooth at any speed. All this from topping up the coolant??????

Live and learn.

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Citycom 300 / Citycom at 10,000 Km
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:12:25 PM »
The rear brake switch failed at 5500 km and was replaced under warrenty and I got the steering head bearings adjusted to cure a front end clunk; It needed new EBC brake pads on the front at 8000 km and that's it.

It used some oil when new; none now, I keep the oil clean and the tires pumped up ( the OE tires look fine). It was tight when new for about 6000 km and a little slow off the line but it's quick now and much faster up the big hills at highway speed.

This bike does not get fussed over. It's never even been washed, that's why they invented rain LOL and it runs almost perfectly. I say 'almost' because it will sometimes die once at the end of my street  if I don't warm it up for 15-20 seconds when stone cold. I'm not about to screw up a good running bike just for that, so I'll leave well enough alone.

It's such a good running and handling bike for 90% of the riding I do that even my beloved V-strom 1000 is mostly gathering dust. I have probably bought my last big bike.

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Citycom 300 / Brake Pads
« on: June 18, 2011, 12:23:56 AM »
I thought I heard an unusual brake noise while commuting in stop and go gridlock. It sounded like it was from the rear and the front seemed fine.

I was mindful of the limited lifespan of stock SYM pads; my bike has 8100 Km on it so I got it checked out. It turned out that the front pads were almost completely worn away. there was no metal to metal contact but it was just in time.

A set of EBC's on the front and I was on my way. My mushy relatively weak front brake is now strong and solid. The bike is transformed. ;D

There is nothing wrong with the Citycom's brakes; it was the cheezy el-cheapo stock pads that SYM provided.

If you have had to change your pads what brand did you use and how have they worked?

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