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Old 07-18-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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Bike that scooterist may like

http://www.iheartscooters.com/CafeRacer_Wolf_Review.pdf

Other than SYM being the manufacture of the above linked bike (SYM wolf classic 150) it really has no relation to a scooter. It does though have an attraction to it that may appeal to some scooter pilots wanting to move up/over to the bike world. It reportedly gets scooterish mpg from its 150cc four stoke motor. It is lightweight and shouldn't intimidate newbs, women, etc. Is affordable and for those not secure enough in their manhood to pilot a scooter it will give you the cool retro bike look. The true scooterist would have to give up storage and learn to clutch and change gears
I currently own a yamaha zuma 125 and have no current desire to buy one of these, but just thought I would post it over here to see what you guys think. I also cross posted in "thumpers" but I think the SYM name and 150cc doesn't appeal to many. My local SYM dealer has one on the floor, but I have never paid it any attention. Next time I go in I will check it out.

The good news out of this is it appears SYM is finally back in business in the US with a growing network of dealers.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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I saw this several months ago at the Sym Dealer in Marietta. I drooled all over it. I doubt I'll ever buy one but it sure does look cool and I'm sure it would be fun to ride.

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Old 07-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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Yeah,I like it.I remember when there were lots of smaller bikes being sold,by the Japanese companies,over here.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, I had a Honda 175 scrambler back in 1970.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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Yeah, I had a Honda 175 scrambler back in 1970.
My buddy had one of them. I had a Yamaha 360 enduro.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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I later had a Honda 360 scrambler as well.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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$3000 for a Chinese 150cc is going to be a tough sell. Why didn't they make it a 250cc ?

It looks really pretty, but just not enough engine for a motorcycle.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #9
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$3000 for a Chinese 150cc is going to be a tough sell. Why didn't they make it a 250cc ?

It looks really pretty, but just not enough engine for a motorcycle.
SYM is a Taiwanese company.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #10
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$3000 for a Chinese 150cc is going to be a tough sell. Why didn't they make it a 250cc ?

It looks really pretty, but just not enough engine for a motorcycle.
Here's a 250cc for a couple hundred more. Anyone had any experience with these?http://www.clevelandcyclewerks.com/b...nd-cyclewerks/

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:11 PM   #11
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$3000 for a Chinese 150cc is going to be a tough sell. Why didn't they make it a 250cc ?

It looks really pretty, but just not enough engine for a motorcycle.

I'd be curious how many states have a cut off at the 149 cc mark, or a 125cc mark for permiting/plating/insurance.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:27 PM   #12
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Cool, but yea 250 cc is the sweet spot for small bikes. 150 cc is alright, but not enough IMO, espically on a bike on account the manual tranny. If your a city or just want to ride mostly around town with some backroad cruising it's great.

The downside to this bike is it's 149 cc. Yea you may be getting some insurance discount or whatever. BUT, you can't ride this on the freeway legally. BUT, of course, you CAN EASILY get away with it! If it can only do 65 MPH whose gonna pull you over? 65 MPH in a 65 MPH? Yea right unless you ride like an idiot.

Although its not meant for that. Just sayin.

Definitly neat little bike. Surely don't feel or ain't nothing like a classic Honda, but its got the looks!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:33 PM   #13
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I checked one over closely at the dealership. 1970's Japanese lightweight without needing a time machine. Slap some trials tires on it and it should kick ass in the tight woods trail bikes of 1976 category.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #14
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I rode one at a semi-friends who has a SYM dealership...(currently have a I have BV250, a Symba, and a Passport). It's pretty cool. It has semi-clip on's but feels just right and fits me, 5'9". Fit and finish isn't quite current Honda quality but it is pretty high. All around it's a hoot to ride. To me Sym, being Taiwanese, is leagues ahead of mainland Chinese stuff. They seem to sell a lot of scooters in the US so getting parts for their motorcycles, of which they admittedly don't sell too many, shouldn't be a problem. If I didn't have a bunch of small bikes already this would be a contender for sure.
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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I'd be curious how many states have a cut off at the 149 cc mark, or a 125cc mark for permiting/plating/insurance.
Most states the cutoff is 49ccs...

If I could go back to another bike, I would either buy another Honda PC800 (1997 or newer for the modern front forks):


Or get the new BADASS Honda NC700X:





Damn, just look at that NC700X. I would fuckin ride that thing to hell and back. Gorgeous. I'd want a silver one with foglights like the above, but a bigger windshield and bigger side panniers.

I love both of the above because they have integrated storage. The PC800's seat flips forward to show two storage areas (each not quite big enough for a full face helmet), and the NC700X has a storage area behind the fuel tank that holds a full-face helmet with room to spare:



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