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Old 07-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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SYM USA Warehouse Fire

Now that the Sym USA scooter warehouse has burned to the ground and the cause of the fire is arson, does Sym survive in the US market. From what I read, they were already struggling, working 4 day weeks. It would be a real shame to lose Sym as IMO, they are producing some of the most practical and reliable scooters on the market.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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wow that sucks I had high hopes for the Honda Cub clone
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #3
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wow that sucks I had high hopes for the Honda Cub clone
and the Citycom 300i
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:32 AM   #4
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well, don't panic. when i first heard about this, i, too, had a moment of Citycomm 300i anxiety.

then i recalled that sym of taiwan would still be making them, fire or not, and that carter bros had two? three? other warehouses.

plus, at a dealer in my neighborhood, there's a-plenty of Symba cub clones settin', with no takers.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:25 AM   #5
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Sucks to hear. Could be karma for letting Steve from the scooterscoop go. The Honda club clone did look sweet though.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:16 AM   #6
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It's ok, we still have Canada

My dealer says he's still able to get parts from the Canada warehouse.

He's not sure about getting restocked on the bikes themselves though.

I bought his last black/white Symba this weekend.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:01 PM   #7
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I just read this over on JustGottaScoot:

http://www.justgottascoot.com/sym.htm#Caution
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:03 PM   #8
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I just read this over on JustGottaScoot:

http://www.justgottascoot.com/sym.htm#Caution
Well now, that certainly affects my purchasing decision. I thought as much, JGS agreeing sways me. I like the HD200, but even before the fire I heard that getting parts from them in a reasonable time was mixed.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:23 PM   #9
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I just read this over on JustGottaScoot:

http://www.justgottascoot.com/sym.htm#Caution
Ho-leee crap...arson...I take back everything good I said earlier.

arson...ya know, absent arrests & convictions it's best not to speculate

This is just a damned shame...quality bikes at reasonable prices - wonder what other options SYM HQ in Taiwan has to participate in the US market, or if they even want to...
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:32 PM   #10
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:07 PM   #11
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Ya know, If ya read my sig, you can tell that i am a passport fan. I just road my red one today. I had high hope for the symba, but have been weary about it from the start. I just didn't see it being marketed well enough. And it has no storage stock. and it was priced way higher that the passport, even adjusting for todays dollars. And it seemed like very few people knew about it. My harley buddy's knew nothing of this bike. And it needed to be made just a smidge bigger for us larger americans. I chatted with nate dahl about his on the passport yahoo group. His love affair with the bike is over. He hasn't riden it enough to test the long term reliability. He does comment about the taiwan market though and states that they are savvy shoppers and wo9uldn't buy crap, so the symba should be a great machine.

I will find an unloved one in a garage one time and will bring it back to life.

That dave Harrington is on top of things and if justgottascoot says don't buy one right now, don't do it. Dave has a strong love symba and owns a citicom 300 and states that it is the best scooter in the world for everyday use. I believe he paid his own cash for that, and not a gift. He also owns an hd200(if I am remembering right.) so, like I said. I would avoid sym for the moment. what a shame!
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:08 PM   #12
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Ya know, If ya read my sig, you can tell that i am a passport fan. I just road my red one today. I had high hope for the symba, but have been weary about it from the start. I just didn't see it being marketed well enough. And it has no storage stock. and it was priced way higher that the passport, even adjusting for todays dollars. And it seemed like very few people knew about it. My harley buddy's knew nothing of this bike. And it needed to be made just a smidge bigger for us larger americans. I chatted with nate dahl about his on the passport yahoo group. His love affair with the bike is over. He hasn't riden it enough to test the long term reliability. He does comment about the taiwan market though and states that they are savvy shoppers and wo9uldn't buy crap, so the symba should be a great machine.

I will find an unloved one in a garage one time and will bring it back to life.

That dave Harrington is on top of things and if justgottascoot says don't buy one right now, don't do it. Dave has a strong love symba and owns a citicom 300 and states that it is the best scooter in the world for everyday use. I believe he paid his own cash for that, and not a gift. He also owns an hd200(if I am remembering right.) so, like I said. I would avoid sym for the moment. what a shame!
No, I don't think it needs to be made bigger. If the Symba is too small for you, buy another bike, that's the solution. For me, 5'7" with a 30" inseam, the Symba is the perfect size. Bigger would also mean heavier, which would defeat both performance and efficiency.

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:12 AM   #13
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I don't know for sure, but I think 5'7" is not average american height. AND they are trying to sell them in america. Just makes more sense to make it a bit bigger. And really it's ergonomics not size, I doubt you could tell any weight difference or fuel economy.

Ps.. wiki states the average height for a us man, white, is 5'10.5". And motorcycle riders are taller for sure. Scooter riders have huge sex organs too, which might make them taller too, :0)
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:39 AM   #14
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Looks like SYM is going to auction off 113 scooters in Houston. Is this the nail in the coffin for SYM in the USA?

I'd like to get my hands on a discounted HD200.

http://blog.guidoebert.com/2010/08/1...r-auction.aspx
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:10 AM   #15
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I see there's a bunch of citycom 300i sold without titles. Wonder what good those would be......This is really sad. I have not ridden a Sym before but they certainly look like they are well built and the reviews I've seen have always been very positive.

Does not bode well for the current state of the scooter market in the US does it?

Unless there's another gas shortage or significant price hike I don't see much hope of manufactures bringing their new models to US shores anytime soon. Our culture just isn't embracing scooters the way other markets have.
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