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Written by Ketzal Sterling    Monday, 07 July 2008 12:40     E-mail
SYM Citycom 300i
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There’s a guy, his name is Bob. Bob wants to buy a scooter. Bob wants a full size scooter that will travel well on all roads including freeways. He searches the internet and finds this very review. Bob reads review then buys scooter. He rides it thousands of miles with a massive smile on his face and lives happily ever after. This is an example of how things should work in life…simply. Most people seem to make the purchasing decision a complicated process, not Bob. Bob is smart; he lets people in the privileged position of having more scooter experience guide him in his decision making.

Now I’ll describe what you might be looking for; if it by chance matches up then I will advise (tell) you what to do next. First, do you actually want a scooter or are you reading this because you were searching for some kind of city com communication devices and randomly ended up here? Second, do you have a scooter already and want to upgrade to something more powerful? Third, do you want a full size big wheeled scooter? Fourth, do you want a quality machine, and finally fifth, do you want the best value full size scooter on the market?

Okay let’s assume you’ve answered yes to all these questions, now what? Okay, maybe you should print these instructions out as they are quite detailed. First confirm that you can buy the SYM Citycom 300i in your market. If you can’t then pick up the phone or send an email to your local SYM distributor and ask them, WHY THE HELL NOT? Really, trust me on this. You’ll see the Citycom listed for sale very quickly. Next…get dressed. This really is relatively important as being naked will likely hamper your ability to haggle your way to a good deal. On the contrary, this could also increase your chances of a good price. It’s probably best to get a third party to verify ahh…your quality. In fact I’d be happy to offer an impartial judgment…provided your female that is. Bob’s photo’s still haunt me at night.


Right, next; take your preferred transport to the local SYM dealer. Actually, I must advise some clothes if you’re on a scooter as naked riding is just plain unsafe. Okay now once you’ve arrived simply walk into the dealer and say the following words. ‘Hello sir/maam, do you have a SYM Citycom 300i?’ If they answer yes, say these words. ‘Give it to me’. Hopefully the salesperson will now procure you the scooter and you will live happily ever after. If in the unlikely event the salesperson misinterprets the meaning of ‘give it to me’, considering you may be naked and untoward events take place I will disavow all knowledge of this advice. This article will self destruct in ten seconds.

So the SYM Citycom is a good scooter then? Absolutely 100%, YES. Unlike some bikes this scooter didn’t need to grow on me. I knew it was special within seconds of riding it. This is not an exaggeration; I rode it out of the distributors driveway made a left turn and went ‘hmmm, this is good…really good’ a few minutes later and I was sold. SYM had nailed it in my book. Next I decided I’d better get a second opinion in case I was losing my mind. I gave the bike to Del Fuego and he came back with exactly the same impression. Gold.

Here’s the rundown. The SYM is a big scooter and no lightweight weighing in at 184kgs, but SYM have worked a miracle of sorts because the bike doesn’t feel anywhere near that heavy…except when lifting it. (I like to carry my scooters from time to time for a good workout, it’s only fair, they schlep our lazy asses around all day, in fact I’m thinking of launching a movement…Scooter Schlep…it could be massive. Or inversely it could be a bad idea. We’ll run a poll.) On the road the Citycom is superb, it smoothes out road imperfections effortlessly due to its large 16inch wheels and well set-up suspension. The engine makes a healthy 20hp and 23.5Nm of torque; this propels the bike along at a surprisingly rapid pace considering its weight.


Ease of use wise the Citycom is about as good as it gets for a full size scooter. There’s a large under seat storage area that will actually fit a full face helmet, wet weather clothes and a Peruvian mountain cucumber. The only issue is the full face helmet needs to be no larger than a medium. If you’ve got a large or extra large sized head you’re toast, it won’t fit. This is fair as people with heads like the Deathstar need to be inconvenienced, they deserve it, I mean who wants a head like a space station. Up front there’s a lockable glove box and a nice set of very clear gauges. Given the bikes size and weight I was expecting poor fuel economy but was pleasantly surprised to return 65MPG.

The bad bits. There aren’t many to be fair but I’ll list what I did come up with. The biggest problem with the Citycom is it’s so darn comfortable and effortless to ride that you may fall asleep, crash and die a horrible death. Hardly a real problem as you’ll be dead. The screen is poorly designed and really needs to be taller or shaped differently as it seems to just accelerate air directly at your cranium. This is not where air should be directed. The seat height is a little on the tall side for shorter riders and combined with the bikes weight can make it a pain to move around. That's 'bout it.

Summing up the SYM Citycom 300i. SYM have done a simply superb job with this scooter. It really is one of the best value for money full size scooters on the market. If you’re unfamiliar with SYM then you needn’t worry at all. They are a large Taiwanese company that have been making very high quality bikes for many years. In fact, some of the best scooters of all come out of Taiwan these days. If you’re looking for a serious full sized scooter to do all manner of commuting and even long distance riding, this is very much the bike you need to test ride first. I’m praying SYM will give us one as a long term bike. If they don’t, maybe I’ll just black mail Bob…I do have these photos of him…

Price NZ $5795 UK £2,995

0-50km/h4.1 Seconds
0-100km/h12.7 Seconds
50-80km/h4.5 Seconds
Fuel Economy 3.6L/100kms - 65MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 48kph actual - 100kph displayed = 98 actual


Pros:Affordable, Solid Performance, Great all round machine
Cons:Poorly designed windscreen, High seat, A bit heavy

Handling
Performance
Fuel Consumption
Value for money
Ease of use
Styling
Build quality

Overall Score

84%

Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 15.4 Kw (20.6 HP)@ 7000 Rpm
Max torque23.5 Nm at 5,500 rpm
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder 4-stroke
Cylinder Capacity262.8 cc
Seat height800mm
Dry weight ---
Kerb weight 184kg
Fuel tank capacity10 litres
StartingElectric
Transmission“Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Storage volume---
Cooling---
Bore X stroke73.0 x 62.8 mm (2.8 x 1.9 inches)
Compression ratio10:1
ChassisSteel Pipe
Front suspensionTelescopic fork(100mm travel)
Rear suspensionUnit Swingarm (91mm travel)
Front brake260mm Disc
Rear brake260mm Disc
Front wheel/tyre16”x 3.0"
Rear wheel/tyre16”x 3.5"
Length2210 mm
Width785 mm
Wheelbase1500 mm
Max speed (km/hr) 128
Type approval---
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatoryes
Full helmet storageyes
Glove boxyes
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meteryes
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) yes
Alarmno
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written by Scary , October 05, 2011
Is it true that SYM and Suzuki share the same factory?
So the SYMs (not SIMS :p) have the same technical factory as the Suzuki?

Or not?
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written by Carol Nix , April 21, 2011
I bought the SYM Citycom 300i a few months ago and I LOVE THIS BIKE! I can't say I'd change a thing about it. It is the smoothest ride: the perfect combination of a larger, long-trip motorcycle and a smaller round-town commuter bike.
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written by greg brownless , March 06, 2010
Can anyone, or the reviewer, tell me how the 300i compares with the Sym Voyager 250. I'm trying to decide between them.
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written by Peter Browne , January 10, 2010
I bought one about 6 months ago at Red Baron's sale for under $6k with six months reg. Done over 4000km now. I ride it over the habour bridge most days. You can buy an alternative larger screen from USA. I ought a rear rack for a top box to get more storage. The performance and economy and build quality are great , especially for the money makes this the very best scooter I have owned (my ninth, mostly Piaggio[Vespa) . I am very happy with the seat as I am 5'5" and it works very well for the shorter legs. The angle might not work so well for the taller. Very highly recommended
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written by Nick Birjak , December 22, 2008
I just got an Xmas card from select scootas who import SYM Scooters. The CityCom300i has a list price of $6990 aud. Up quite a bit since this review was posted. I make this comment judged against the NZ price quoted.
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written by Stewart , November 30, 2008
Hi Pual, I also live in Christchurch, can you please tell me where the Citycom is available to buy in Christchurch. I've just bought a Lifan LF50QT-2A for getting to work, its a good bike but I want to get a bigger Scooter to ride two up so looking at a Lifan LF250T-6B or the SYM Citycom 300 please help...
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written by Paul v an der Merwe , October 20, 2008
I followed your advice to the tee. Walked into the shop and said "give that scoot to me!", which they did. That was about 3 weeks and 1400kms ago. Loving it. Did a 340kms trip (6 hours) from Christchurch, New Zealand via Arthur's Pass to Otira Gorge, no problems. Sat at an 120km/h on the speedo, 107 km/h GPS verified for most of the way. MPG so far is an average of 79mpg. You can read up about it here:

http://scootdawg.proboards59.com/index.cgi?board=200cc&action=display&thread=16772


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written by Nick Birjak , August 22, 2008
Very pleased to read this review. Found the site by a search on the SYM Orbit (not so sweet). I am a first time rider on a SYM HD200 (also a tall wheeled scooter). Many of the qualities of the 300i ring true for it. All be it a lighter and of course less expensive scooter. It could be compared to the Honda 150i. Anyhow less than one month into it, and in Winter, I am in Melbourne Australia, I am loving it. I can see trading up to a 300i or the Honda 300 on the cards one day. I really enjoy your comments Ketzal. And both my parents who rode a motorcycle and scooters in the 50's 60's (in England) say the HD200 is a motorbike not a little scooter. Must be the 16 inch wheels. I would be very interested to read your view on the SYM HD200 one day. I guess I think it is a one of the best in its class.
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written by Andreas , August 13, 2008
I'm about to buy some scooter in this range and I'm in doubt! Since I'm writing from Croatia, here just came out the new TGB X-motion 250 EFI and I'm not sure if you had a chance to drive it or see it, but I'd be very happy if you could say is it batter than Sym Citycom or not?!?

Thanks
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written by Kevin , August 09, 2008
Had my new 300i for a month now. I love it, it handles like a dream and I like the seat too. My only niggle is the fact that the MPH figures on the dash are too small as opposed to the KM. I will put up with this though as a, I have no choice, and b, its a small price to pay as so much more is right with the scooter. Well done SYM.
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written by George Horesh , July 21, 2008
I am an owner of a new 300i and I must say you are right on the money, it is a very nice and comfortable bike the only thing I can say is the seat is in an angle that is not so great but one can change it easy in any fabric crafts men and the fearing I am thinking of remove it
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