SYM Scooters Chiswick
I wasn’t sure we would see a direct and strong competitor for the winner of our 2008 50cc Super Battle…Yamaha’s Jog. By competitor of course I mean a budget priced scooter that features solid performance, good build quality and fuel consumption in spite of the price tag. However the day may finally have arrived and SYM’s DD50 may well be that competitor. There is one big feature that the DD has over the Jog and that is availability, you see if you don’t live in Australasia or Asia chances are you won’t be able to get a Jog. The DD50 is available virtually worldwide and the price is very reasonable in most territories.
So what is so good about the new budget offering from SYM… for a start, and to me one of the most important features in a 50cc machine… performance. The SYM DD50 shows an ample turn of speed with a 0 – 50kph time of just 11.5 seconds, this is, admittedly a few seconds slower than the Jog but still an admirable figure. Top speed is around 65kph again a very respectable figure and word on the street has it that minor modification will extend both top speed and acceleration even further. Performance doesn’t stop at just speed though… stopping and handling have a huge part in how confident and safe you feel using the extra velocity available.
SYM Jet Euro X 100
First off I’ll tell you right now I’m not going to make fun of the SYM Jet Euro Xs name. I do it all the time as it’s an easy gag to open a review; in this case its just a gimme so I’ll leave it. I will however make fun of SYMs website again. Here’s a quote “Jet Euro X comes equipped with 12 inch tires that provides a good grip on the ground; even when you are riding on very rough and slipped roads, you can enjoy a smooth ride.” Well I’m never going to worry now; I’ve got a good grip on the ground even on slipped roads. Just humor me for a second here, what is a slipped road? I think I know, it’s a road that has let it slip…you know, like put on a few pounds. Basically it’s a fat road. Personally I’ve never seen a fat road…maybe they have them in Taiwan. Turn Right after Chung Hua Road make another right onto Rotund St and a left into Jalopy Crescent…
On the road the Jet is a pleasure to ride. It delivers its power with a cool two stroke buzz that almost makes it feel quicker than it is. Suspension is slightly on the hard side but does a reasonable job of ironing out most road imperfections. The front disc brake is of average size and does an adequate job of stopping the bike. Sadly the rear brake is only a drum brake. You’d think a bike supposedly something like a jet fighter would have twin disc brakes? Clearly this is an entry level jet not overly concerned with stopping at the end of the run way.
Summing up the SYM Jet Euro X. (Every time I write that I laugh) I’m not entirely sure who the Jet is aimed at, I imagine it’s young males who like a sporty looking scooter. The two stroke motor certainly makes it fairly unique in the modern market and it does give it that fun two...
SYM VS150 Long Term Test
|SYM VS150 Long Term Test|
After receiving top honers in our mid size scooter battle, its time to give the SYM VS150 a full long term test. 6 months infact, putting it through the motions and of course the daily abuse scooters usually deal with in the real world.
First 2 week update : Picking up the VS from our local importer (thanks guys) it had 1 kilometer on the clock, nothing like something fresh out of the cargo crate. First impression showed that everything on the bike was in order. Not a single hickup or loose bolt from a sleep deprived night shift worker in Taiwan. Wearing it in over the first 500 km's can be painful, but I manged to hold myself back from the full throttle hyper warp-speed of this 15hp road rocket... barely!. No, but seriously speaking, it has a nice overall pickup that's quite linear. Good off the mark, progressive mid range, and nice top end, no real dips in its power curve or highlighted power areas, which in the real world is the perfect scenario.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 March 2009 21:55 )|