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Old 03-13-2014, 08:53 PM   #76
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I don't have a clue what the zero to sixty times might be for both scooters, but when I got my HD200 last year I recall being quite impressed by its acceleration.

Perhaps someone has a way of finding this out?
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:59 AM   #77
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Honda PCX 150 or SYM HD 200 ?

I shopped these two models closely, and would suggest one also check out the the newest Piaggio Fly 150. I think all three are winners.

I ended up with a 200 HD, because I preferred the step through design and didn't favor the large maxi-scooter fairing of the PCX, and because I'm surrounded by interstate highways the bit of additional top speed helps (I can occasionally reach 74MPH by GPS weighing 170 lbs, not bad for a motor with less displacement than my lawnmower.) Also price and condition of the scooters I found on Craigslist helped with the decision.

SYM's dealer network is growing, but of course it doesn't equate to the peace of mind one could have with Honda's footprint in the domestic market. They have a poor online presence for parts and online prices for maintenance items seem inflated. It seems one of those rare situations where you may actually do better in prices at a local dealership. The bike itself is pretty bulletproof. I've not been to our local dealership but I'm glad it is there.

I am aware that the short maintenance intervals for the PCX are unnecessary, but the comparative effort for valve adjustment did turn me off.

How great it is that this is such a difficult choice! I've been enjoying my 200HD, and occasionally take it on my 28 mile commute to work, leaving the KLR650 lonely in the garage.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:57 AM   #78
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What year is your HD? And congratulations; I think you chose wisely. I don't know where you live, but "surrounded by interstates" has a big city sound.

I've had mine for over a year. The engine is basically bulletproof. Installed an iridium plug, but didn't need to. I guess I felt like I needed to do something. Replaced the tires with Shinkos. Again, the original tires were still OK. I did it to improve ride and handling.

Although there are lots of scooters running around down here in southeastern Arizona, I have yet to see another SYM.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:36 AM   #79
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I had an HD 200 for a while and it was an amazing machine. 70 on the interstates and I even took it off road a bit.

I happen to prefer a more sit back position which is why the RV200 is on my list for next scoot.

It is truly great to be in a position of having so many great small scoots that choosing is a problem!
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:07 PM   #80
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Blugg, it is a 2009 model. I live in a suburb of New Orleans.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:35 AM   #81
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Follow up

Since I started this, figured I'd follow up.

I found myself looking for a Piaggio BV200 and could not find an affordable model for sale locally.

I just purchased a 2003 Honda CB250 Nighthawk. Price was too good to pass on.


Thanks for everyone's input on this thread.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:50 AM   #82
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Yeah, you can get a used Nighthawk for 1/3rd of either the bikes in running shape, and maybe 1/2 the cost in decent shape.

Drum brakes though...

Ride safe, give yourself plenty of room to stop. I sold my CB after I almost ended up being splattered on the back of a truck that cut me off. Every other bike I've owned wouldn't have even involved butthole clenching to brake that softly. With the Nighthawk, it was HOLD ON TIGHT and SWERVE!!
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:17 PM   #83
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Yeah, you can get a used Nighthawk for 1/3rd of either the bikes in running shape, and maybe 1/2 the cost in decent shape.

Drum brakes though...

Ride safe, give yourself plenty of room to stop. I sold my CB after I almost ended up being splattered on the back of a truck that cut me off. Every other bike I've owned wouldn't have even involved butthole clenching to brake that softly. With the Nighthawk, it was HOLD ON TIGHT and SWERVE!!
Did they use discs for a few years? I swear I've seen them somewhere but have never seen one for sale.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:13 PM   #84
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Did they use discs for a few years? I swear I've seen them somewhere but have never seen one for sale.
Only on larger models. Never on the 250.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:54 PM   #85
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The Nighthawk used a front drum, the Rebel had a disc. I never tried, but I'll bet I could do a stoppie on a Nighthawk. I've never ridden a bike with a drum front brake that you couldn't lock the front wheel on.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:43 PM   #86
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Did they use discs for a few years? I swear I've seen them somewhere but have never seen one for sale.
European CB250 Nighthawks got front discs.

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European CB250 Nighthawks got front discs.]
And mag wheels!

I did the MSF rider course on the Nighthawk 250. Loved it.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:26 PM   #88
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I was going to throw in the Kymco GTi200 (21 HP !) as another choice, but found out they're no longer imported ! Why ?
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I was going to throw in the Kymco GTi200 (21 HP !) as another choice, but found out they're no longer imported ! Why ?
300's sold, 200's did not.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #90
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The Nighthawk used a front drum, the Rebel had a disc. I never tried, but I'll bet I could do a stoppie on a Nighthawk. I've never ridden a bike with a drum front brake that you couldn't lock the front wheel on.
I call bs. I could yank that wire tight, and not lock it.

I'm young and play hockey. I have a grip like a gorilla. You're twice my weight and age, I'd love to see you try.
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