The 2010 SYM RV was new to the U.S. market in 2009. A maxi scooter designed for highway use, it comes in three models: the 200, 250, and 300i. This is not an entry-level scooter by any means; it’s a big machine—for a scooter—with a lot of bells and whistles. The model numbers tell the story: each one is, obviously, slightly larger than the previous model, although there is not a huge difference in overall size. All three models feature the same handsome and sporty styling.
The 200 has a 56-inch wheelbase, and it measures 83 inches long and 30 inches wide. It weighs in at 343.2 pounds before you add gas, oil, and coolant, and it can carry roughly double that amount—717 pounds total, with a payload capacity of 374 pounds. It rides on chromed aluminum wheels, 13 inches in diameter in front, 12 inches in the rear. This model comes in red and white only.
Add two inches to two of those dimensions for the 250: a 58-inch wheelbase and 85-inch length, with a 34-inch width. Its dry weight is 381 pounds; it will carry 745 pounds, with a 363-pound payload, and it rides on 13-inch wheels front and rear. Interestingly enough, the 250 comes with more options than either of the other models. It’s available in red, blue, or gray, and a number of frills are offered, including an Italian-style windshield, a color-matched top box, and even two cup holders.
The bigger and heavier 300i measures 90 inches long but it’s still just 34 inches wide. It weighs in at 400 pounds; the payload capacity is 373 pounds, and it is carried on a 13-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear wheel. Like the 200, it comes in just one color, in this case gray.
All three models feature a molded, one-piece, stepped vinyl seat, set at a fairly low 30 inches off the ground. The seat carries two, with the passenger riding higher than the driver. The 250 and 300i have optional—and adjustable—backrests; the 200 does not. The styling is not just sporty, it’s molded to give the rider’s legs adequate protection from wind and weather, and the windshield is well placed to do the same for the driver—the passenger may sit too high to derive much benefit from the windshield. Passenger footrests pop out with the touch of a button. Among the nice touches are dual mirrors that fold back, cutting down on the chances of their getting clipped off. These maxi scooters are comfortably sized for a five-foot, eight-inch driver, but taller riders are likely to find them a tight fit.
The standard digital instrumentation runs to a clock, fuel gauge, fuel-level warning, temperature gauge, tachometer, odometer, speedometer, and high-beam indicator. The machines boast a remarkable amount of standard storage: a full-face helmet will fit in the underseat compartment with room left over, and there’s even a glove box—complete with an interior light. The 250 has a cute little water bottle storage compartment too. A color-matched top box is available for both of the larger models.
Regardless of the model, this scooter features a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-stroke engine with a continuously variable (CVT), belt-driven transmission. The 200 has 14.8 horsepower and 9.7 lb-ft of torque, and the other two models go up from there: the 250 has 20.65 horsepower and 15.9 lb-ft of torque and the 300i has 22.6 horsepower and 17.6 lb-ft of torque. Gas tank sizes step up according to the size of the engine, with the 200 having a two-gallon tank and getting an estimated 84 miles per gallon; the 250 a 3.13-gallon tank and an estimated 82 miles per gallon; and the 300i, a 3.17-gallon tank and 82 miles per gallon.
These scooters are maneuverable and nimble enough to handle freeway onramps with aplomb, and definitely suited to highway cruising. For riders looking for a comfortable and easy-to-handle machine that will keep up with a Honda Goldwing or similar cruiser, the SYM RV fits the bill nicely.