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Old 10-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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SYM RV200-Dressed for the road.

Took the RV200 to Daytona last week. Decided to "dress her up" like I will for longer trips. The saddlebags are SEDICI Toscana Saddlebags and the roll bag is a Bikers Friend Med-large. I had the bags from other scoots so I made them work in the RV.







Truth is with the huge under seat storage and the Bikers-friend it won't be often ill need the saddlebags. She's a bit of a "wide-azz" with the saddlebags.



Without saddlebags (my day to day setup)


The scoot preformed even better than I had hoped. I took A1A and RT 1 on the way down but on the way back I did the last 50 miles or so on I95. She ran with traffic with enough power left for passing. Wind wasn't bad and neither was buffeting from trucks. Vibration was minimal considering the thumper was spinning at 8000rpm.

She did very well holding speed going over large, tall bridges but throw in a stiff wind and you are about out of throttle. 171cc has its limits.

I reset the GPS trip meter before I got on 95 and turned it off when I got off Rt202. Total 67 miles, average speed 67.3 and a max speed of 73.9. I kept and eye on the GPS and 70mph and 8000 rpm the motor didn't seem to be complaining. The speedo is 7-8mph oppomistic.

Fuel consumption was 70 mpg. That surprised me.

I was also impressed with the overall balance and tuning of the suspension. Road cracks even at speed are little problem nor were bumps. The scoot also ran like it was on tracks, very sure footed for relatively small wheels.

With the huge flat floor and useable foot-forward foot rests there's a ton of room to move the feet around. Want to sit upright in classic scoot fashion ? Go for it ! How about foot forward "Cush" cruising, no problem with the low wide seat. Cross your legs ? Sure plenty of room.

In town it's still light and compact enough to "toss around" like a small scooter.

I'm a reasonable old gimp when I make these assessments. I'm not comparing it to a Swing or a big Burgman. (Although I think its a world better than the 200). I look at its design purpose and try to judge from there.

It's not what most would consider a "touring" scooter but I would have no problems taking it in the road.

Ill call it a "mini-maxi".

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Old 10-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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Come on over...

So, when will you make it across the river to show it off?
Lunch at Trent's?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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So, when will you make it across the river to show it off?
Lunch at Trent's?
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I'm home for the winter. I gotta be in nashville next week but ill head for "The Ghost Town" when I get back. Trent's works for me, always good !

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Now that is one fine looking road setup ride! The bags look really sharp. I'm impressed that you were comfortable on I95.

Just a polite suggestion - maybe some reflective tape on the bags for extra insurance. (Sorry to be intrusive, I'm a nutcase about visibility.)

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #5
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Now that is one fine looking road setup ride! The bags look really sharp. Just a polite suggestion - maybe some reflective tape on the bags for extra insurance. I'm a nutcase about visibility.

Yeah good point I've thought about that.
I always ride in a HiVis jacket.

I've said in the past its the scooter I love in the color I'm ........ok with. I really wanted white but when out hunting leftovers you take what's "leftover".lol

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Old 10-05-2013, 08:02 PM   #6
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Hey amigo, we've similar attitudes about colors. Still mulling whether to spend the bucks to have my perfectly clean '12 black SW repainted in Yamaha Cadmium Yellow. My DW is tolerant of my hobby to a point, but there are limits.

Fell in love with the color when I had my '09 TMAX (which was blue. I couldn't find a yellow when I was buying.) :(

PS - as a disabled vet myself, I appreciate what you are doing with SEGS4VETS. Semper Fi.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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AMAC, that is just an awesome looking set up, way to go.

I've become an '09 HD owner this past year, and I still can't get over the performance of these bikes. It is by far, some of the most fun I've had on two wheels.

Thanks for sharing the mini-report. We need more.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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Beauty

Nice looking set-up you have, the SYM is a largely under-appreciated scooter, at least out my way.

Is the seat, with red stitching factory, or custom?
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #9
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Nice looking set-up you have, the SYM is a largely under-appreciated scooter, at least out my way.

Is the seat, with red stitching factory, or custom?
It's stock, pretty neat touch.

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Old 10-06-2013, 11:06 AM   #10
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Real nice!!
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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Nice looking scooter, and a good luggage setup too. It's hard to beat a SYM.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:04 AM   #12
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Pm'd you about crossing the Buckman.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:30 AM   #13
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Very nice. I have my Zuma 125 set up with a Shad 33L top box and rack, Yamaha windshield, and Fly Racing saddlebags. Unfortunately the saddlebags slow it down.

As for visibility, the best place to put something highly visible is on the back. Being run over from the rear is the most likely kind of scooter accident. I also wear a reflective vest, but the top box blocks it from the rear, and the windshield obscures it from the front.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:14 AM   #14
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I wish I had a SYM dealer close so I could check one of these out. I would like to know how the power compares to my Helix, The top speed seems to be close. Sharp scoot enjoy!
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:38 AM   #15
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I had an HD200 which I believe has the same motor as the RV.

The HD was much quicker and had better too end than my Helix.

Based on my ownership and the forums I followed on the Syms, they don't spend much time at a dealer. Excellent quality. I'm sure most independent shops could maintain them for you.
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