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Old 02-23-2013, 01:00 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by JerryH View Post
I really like the review on the Blur 220. It's to bad the speedometer is that far off, but I have come to expect it on all bikes. I always use an inexpensive GPS anymore. An actual 69 mph seems fine for top speed, since it would only be ridden on the freeway once in a while. I have 22 freeway miles on my Zuma 125, and the only thing that bothered me was that it was not legal. That could get very expensive in a hurry. My only real concerns about the Blur are reliability over long distances and high speeds, and parts availability, something that neither the Vino 125 or Zuma 125 have ever had any issues with. I sure wish Yamaha made a Zuma 250. The Vino and Zuma 125s are pretty much scooter sized scooters, the Majesty is in a whole nother league. I think a Zuma 250, about the same size and shape as the old Elite 250 would be great.

I also noticed that the Blur actually displaces 220cc, while the Kymco and SYM 200s are actually only 170cc. To me that's pushing it a bit.

I did locate a new SYM HD200, I haven't actually looked at it, but from all my research, SYM support is just a bit too sketchy right now. I also found a couple of '09 SportCity 250s, but they are not new. Never registered, but very dirty and quite a few scratches. Yet they want full MSRP, which is the same as the Blur. There are 2 Genuine dealers around here, I will call them tomorrow and see if they have any "new" Blur 220s in stock. One of them has their Genuine models listed on their website, and the Blur is not on there. Neither is the Rattler 110, which is probably sold out, but the Buddy 170 and 4 stroke Stella are listed, so it seems up to date. Even the Buddy 170 is the same size, and probably has the same top speed as the Kymco and SYM 200 models, just has smaller wheels, which has never been a problem for me. My 220+ pounds do just fine on the Vino and Zuma.
I'm in Canada and when my dealer couldn't get parts they ordered them from Alliance in the US and got very prompt service. They have been steadily expanding the range of bikes in the US so that the Citycom is back and they have the RV200 to go along with the HD200. Both have a claimed 72 mph top speed. Bikes are available, parts are available so if you have ready access to a dealer you're good to go if a SYM is what you really want. The HD 200 is quicker off the line than my bike and a stock one won the cross country Cannonball a few years ago and unlike the other puddle jumpers the biggest problem that bike had was a broken sidestand.

On the SYM forum I see there is a guy with a HD125 with 55,000 miles on it and it's still humming along. I'm glad SYM is back. Now if they could just get things sorted in Canada......

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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Blur? Bleh!

I have a 2011 220i blur. Yes top speed is around 67, for about 5 minutes. After that it overheats and smells like burning circuit board. After a few months of a twenty minute commute at an indicated 60mph I went for a majesty and never looked back.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #18
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A Majesty is way to big for what I want. At 400cc I'd want a motorcycle. I enjoy riding traditional sized scooters. A Buddy 250 would be perfect. If Honda could make a 250 scooter without it being to big (the Elite 250) so can anyone else.

I did find a dealer 120 miles away with both a Blur220 and a SYM RV200. I'm going to check them both out, but I get the feeling this may be a ripoff dealer that tries to add a long list of fees. I don't play that game. I already have an OTD offer on a Buddy 170 $200 UNDER MSRP.

After doing some research, I did find some information about there being a problem with the Blur's temperature gauge, and that it had been fixed.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:01 AM   #19
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I own a 2011 Blur 220i with about 9k miles on it now. Probably 1/3 of those miles have been on the interstate doing 60-70mph. Took a 12 hour jaunt and never had any problems. Never had any mechanical issues with it other than regular maintenance. Replaced my cvt belt and rear tire at 8.5k. Never had a problem getting parts and friendly advise/support from the local Genuine dealer. Max speed is 72mph (85 mph indicated) and about 70mpg. SYM 250 or a Burgman is better if you're gonna be riding 2up. High seat height and wide seat require anyone under 5'6" to rely on only putting on foot (haha or toe) down at a stop. Very pleasurable carefree scooter. It is plug and play.

Most people that buy them tend to want to customize them - increase their acceleration or higher top speed or make them louder- few have figured out how to improve them in anyway beyond stock. They'd be better off getting a Ninja 250 or similar. Scooters are for those that don't want to mess around with wrenching. Motorcycles are for wrenching.

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