The SYM Jet Euro is a 50cc scooter that has been available in the U.S. since Taiwan-based SYM first entered the market here in 2006. The 2010 SYM Jet Euro is a carryover, featuring sporty styling and bold two-tone paintwork designed to appeal to a youthful, entry-level rider.
A step-through scooter with sleek, slanted dual headlights add to the sporty look of the sculpted plastic body, which sheathes a steel frame. The SYM Jet Euro comes in two colors: orange and black or silver and black. SYM’s paint quality, as well as the general fit and finish the manufacturer builds into its products, always wins praise, and the paintwork on this machine is no exception.
Front and rear fenders and exhaust and belt guards are nice standard safety features. The scooter only weighs 207 pounds without gas, oil, or coolant, and it has a 242-pound total payload, which doesn’t allow for much in the way of extra baggage. A rear rack and lockable underseat storage—large enough for a small helmet—are standard, but you can add an optional top box to expand your available space. You can also add a windshield, which is a nice option not always available for an entry-level bike.
The scooter boasts SYM’s two-stroke, wear-resistant, ceramic-coated, single-cylinder, air-cooled carbureted engine; a belt-driven continuously variable transmission (CVT), so a young rider doesn’t have to learn complicated shifting patterns; and a telescopic fork front and twin-sided swing arm rear suspension to take the road bumps. The Jet Euro rides on 12-inch aluminum wheels. A front disc brake and a rear drum provide effective stopping power. The electric, keyed ignition is backed up with a kick starter, so the scooter can be started on the center kickstand even if the battery is dead (and it does come with an anti-theft kill button).
Instrumentation may not be fancy, but it includes an item not often found on 50cc scooters: along with the fuel gauge, odometer, and speedometer, you get a tachometer, too. The panel is well lit and easy to read, even in bright daylight.
Just 70 inches long and a narrow 25 wide, with a 50-inch wheelbase, the scooter is light and easy to handle, making it a good choice for the rider who only takes short jaunts and wants to be sure it can fit into tight parking spots and narrow lanes. The lack of a backrest for the one-piece stepped vinyl seat—for the driver and passenger—won’t matter much for short distances, and the seat height is a comfortable standard 30.5 inches. The driver and passenger both use the black floorboard, which is long enough to let the driver put his feet forward or back. Of course, it would be wise to make sure the passenger doesn’t weigh much, given the size of the scooter.
The manufacturer estimates that it gets about 109 mpg and the gas tank holds 1.7 gallons, which means it’s also an economical choice. Like any 50cc scooter, it does not require a special motorcycle license to operate.