Originally Posted by MOPED MEDIC
The SYM is a good bike, I brought them into the Charleston area back when they came into the US, but if I remember correctly, that engine is only used in the HD200. While they are a huge international company (The SYM factory in China produces scooters for SYM, Tomos, Yamaha and other companies), SYM doesn't distribute in the US. This tends to create problems down the road with parts and availability.
Many of the cheap new 2009s are being sold at fire sale prices, but without a warranty.
As you know from owning vintage Vespas, parts are pretty much always easily available for anything Piaggio has ever made, and I don't forsee this changing in the future. Even though we are not a Vespa dealer, I get pretty much any part I need for any model in less than 10 days.
I think the BV350 is probably going to turn out to be a great bike over time, it seems like what you really want, and if you buy it, you will never be kicking yourself saying you should have bought that instead of whatever else you buy.
Your comment confuses me. Alliance Powersports is the US distributor for SYM, and provides the new ones currently in inventory at US SYM dealers after the debacle that was the Carter Brothers and their curious problems with suspicious warehouse fires.
I read the SYM forum pretty frequently as well as Alliance's Facebook page- they seem to be getting new inventory all the time. They got a very cool new flat white 2013 HD200 Evo a day or two ago. My dealer told me they try very hard to ensure part orders get fulfilled. Are you unaware that Alliance is the distributor, or are you saying they are not able to fulfill their purpose and support current dealers?
Lastly, it would appear from the SYM website that the HD200 engine is the same as used in the 2013 RV200 as well. I've not seen one, but HP specs are the same. http://alliancepowersports.com/models/index.html