2008 SYM RV Review


The idea of riding around on two-wheels has held a fascination for many people since the advent of the bicycle. Imagine the excitement when someone had the bright idea to add an engine and really see what the general design could do. It didn’t take long for motorcycles and scooters to surge in popularity, especially for those with limited budgets, in warm climates, or living in urban areas. Two-wheeled vehicles have the advantages of being easier to park, costing less in fuel, and looking cool while doing it all. NatUrally, your plan for your bike will have a lot to do with the size and model you chose, but for those looking for a sporty scooter option there is no doubt the 2008 SYM RV 250 is worth taking a look at. This scooter company is located in Taiwan and has enjoyed a great deal of success making bikes for such notable companies as Honda over the years. Started in the 1950s, SYM has always produced well made products with an attention to technology and cutting edge engineering. Each year, their bikes continue to offer more advanced features and design to appeal to the masses.

When looking at the 2008 SYM RV 250 it doesn’t take long to notice the attractive body design and features of this impressive little scooter. The front end of the scooter has modern design lines with some curves. These accents give the scooter the appearance of a much more assertive motorcycle style. Along with the slanted windshield, the RV 250 features definitive, aerodynamic styling for the entire body. Of course the SYM RV 250 has a floorboard as a scooter, but even this scooter like feature doesn’t take away from the overall sporty, assertive look of this model.

Like most scooters, the 2008 SYM RV 250 is equipped with a single cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission system. Categorized as a maxi-scooter, unlike other scooter models, the RV 250 is more than equipped to take to the streets and even the highway for an incredible riding experience. The first time many riders take this model out for a ride, the machine’s speed and handling often comes as a surprise. In test drives, it reached a respectable 72 mph and is likely to do even better once it has been broken in. It takes to the road well and with well treaded tires and a very good braking system, the SYM RV 250 is quite the superstar of the scooter world. The braking system and slightly heavier than normal weight gives the RV 250 an advantage in terms of stability and security for the rider regardless of the road conditions. While on the subject of the nice features of this scooter, it would be remiss to fail to mention the fuel economy for this model. It is a bit larger and heavier than standard scooters, so it does require a bit more fuel, but at 57 mpg there really isn’t any reason to complain.

New For 2008

  • No major changes to report for the 2008 model year on the SYM RV.

2008 SYM RV Specs

  • Model: scooter
  • Engine Type: single cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 71 / 2.8, 63 / 2.48
  • Compression ratio: 10.5:1
  • Valve Train: OHV
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: N/A
  • Transmission: continuously variable (CVT)
  • Final Drive: belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.2 / 12
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear):hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 58.3 / 1480
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: N/A
  • Curb Weight: 381.4 / 173
  • Tires (Front): 110 / 90 - 13
  • Tires (Rear): 130 / 70 - 13


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Key Competitors For The 2008 SYM RV

  • Vespa S 150
  • Honda Ruckus
  • Aprilia RS 50