Slip Onto the Stylish SYM CityCom
by Kevin Kocur
My love for Taiwanese scooters is no secret. Two of what I feel are the best scooter manufacturers hail from that country – Kwang Yang Motor Co. (KYMCO), which I last reviewed, and this month’s Sanyang Motors (SYM). SYM started operations in 1961 and, like KYMCO, began its business by making parts and whole vehicles for some of the more-established companies before launching out to manufacture their own scooters and small motorcycles.
My last SYM reviewed was the wonderful RV250. I had high hopes for the CityCom 300i and, literally, hopped off of the People 300i and onto the SYM. Yes, I reviewed a big-wheeled scooter in the middle of another big-wheeled scooter review. Marty, from GoMoto, gave me a quick refresher and sent me on my way. Given GoMoto’s close proximity to West River Parkway, I decided to start there. Scooters are my favorite mode of transportation when traveling the Grand Rounds, after all.
Like the KYMCO, the SYM CityCom is fuel-injected so it fires up immediately and holds spot-on throttle response. Once underway, the first thing I noticed was the seat, which may be the best seat of any scooter currently produced, even if the lower back support could be a few inches further back. While this particular evening wasn’t especially chilly, the windshield works well and between that and the fairing, there’s a decent amount of upper-body and some hand protection—both welcome when the late Fall temps start to drop. Overall, the ergonomics are very good, despite wanting more legroom.
Instrumentation is great, with the usual tach, speedo, engine temp gauge and an LCD display featuring a fuel gauge, odometer, tripmeter and clock. The dash is nicely arranged and everything’s large enough that you only need a quick glance, allowing your eyes to stay more focused on the road and the scenery. Running errands? There’s a small glovebox built into the legshield and the underseat storage is top-notch, allowing you to go grocery shopping and stash your full-face helmet under the seat while you pop into the store. If you’re only going to fill your reuseable shopping bag, there’s a convenient bag hook located in front of your knees.
Back on the Parkway, the nimble CityCom, with its 16” front and rear wheels, is a blast to throw around. And in the event that you didn’t slalom around that last pothole, those big wheels will minimize the impact. There’s a single, 260mm disc brake, both on the front and back, which work well. The 262cc liquid-cooled single purrs right along. While losing 37cc to the People 300i, the CityCom is still pretty snappy and held its own on the freeway during my commutes. Stop and go traffic is an excellent reason to commute on a twist n’ go scooter! Acceleration is decent, brakes adequate and it offers a decent suspension with a firm, but not jarring ride. And should your afternoon scoot carry you late into the evening, the wonderful headlights will guide you home.
I didn’t get a chance to carry a passenger, despite wanting to see how it would do two-up – mainly, because I really wanted to try out the switchblade-style passenger pegs. Push the button in the middle of the peg and it flicks out from the body. Cool.
There’s also a lot to like in the CityCom’s styling. Little things, like the red stitching on the black seat, or the red brake calipers. It’s a pretty decent looking scooter with an outstanding fit and finish from a company with an excellent reputation for build quality. If you’re in the market for a big-wheeled scooter in the 250-300CC range, I would recommend throwing a leg over one and trying it out. Random Scootering would like to thank GoMoto for the use if the SYM CityCom 300i. You can reach them at 612-588-MOTO or surf over to gomotomn.com.