SYM HD200...more great info

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by McFlyMpls, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. McFlyMpls

    McFlyMpls Gumby...don't ask...

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    I ran across a website in my quest for more information regarding the SYM HD200. This guy has gone above and beyond as far as making an already great scooter even better:

    Jeff's SYM HD200 ("firedrake") webpage

    I haven't tried, but it looks like he makes some mean hotsauce, too.
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  3. McFlyMpls

    McFlyMpls Gumby...don't ask...

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    Barnone,

    Good luck getting the bike, I'm sure you won't be dissappointed.
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  5. McFlyMpls

    McFlyMpls Gumby...don't ask...

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    I'm familiar with JGS and the author of the site, Dave Harrington. A great, knowledgeable guy. I've talked to him a couple of times at Scooterville here in Minneapolis.

    Check out his podcast archives for some great internet talkshows about everything 2 wheel related.
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  6. SpannerX

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    Great show, and site, one of the first I started to read when I got interested in getting a scoot mostly because of the Stella. Unfortunatly can't get those here in this part of Canada, and I don't think we have a SYM dealler either, atleast not one close enought to make it worth while. Too bad, I'd love an HD200, it's the perfect size for around town.
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  7. jhuth

    jhuth Been here awhile

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    That is one crazy ass website :thumb
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  8. McFlyMpls

    McFlyMpls Gumby...don't ask...

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    Get ready... the 4 stroke Stella is coming!
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  9. Bar None

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    McFlyMps,
    I bought it today and it is in my basement. It'a 2008 with now 59 miles after my 19 mile test ride.
    Seems to have plenty of power and good handling but I was taking it easy on the test ride since it was like new, not mine, and very new to me. Last scooter I had was 40+ years ago. I built it from plans. Have had many bikes since then, going up and down the displacement ladder, but am now back to where I started from.
    Tomorrow, after reading the owners mnual tonight, I'll check the fluids,tires,etc,.
    Saturday there is a scooter ride in Alcoa,TN at the SYM dealer
    http://www.alcoagoodtimes.com/default.asp
    I'll take her from my home in Robbinsville,NC to Alcoa,TN via the Dragon.
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  10. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    Good one Vince !! I'm also really envious of your stable. You've got a sweet combination of bikes there.:clap
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  11. Bar None

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    Thanks, Bugtussle from Hogwaller.
    I've got a wild hog waller up the mountain here in NC. Them wild hogs are always tearing up my pasture here and at my little ranch in Florida.
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  12. LarryRickenbacker

    LarryRickenbacker Been here awhile

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    Howdy,

    SYM's HD200 looks to be right up my alley. Only problem is the nearest SYM dealer is a good 150+ miles away. Only local scoots available are Honda, Suzy and Yammy-that's it!
    I'd love the chance to thumb my nose at the local dealers who stock only the S'wing , Burgman Executive and 49cc scoots. Would you buy the HD200 with no local dealer handy? Or would you reward the local dealers who refuse to sell Kymco or Sym?

    Larry

    PS: I know a young local mechanic who has assured me that he'd be more than willing to perform routine maintenance on any Sym or Kymco I might bring him, fwi. (NW Louisiana isn't scooter country!)
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  13. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    Im 90 miles from the nearest dealer. I do all of my own service work though. They are easy to work on and anyone with a service manual(which can be downloaded for free)can work on one. The only thing that can come close to the HD200 is the new Honda 150. The price on it is way out there. I havent heard of any top speed figures on it yet. When I use the HD200 for my commute I have a 46 mile round trip. 30 of those miles are on the freeway and cruising at 65 in no problem. It has pulled me to an indicated 74 mph on the flats.
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  14. rhys

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    I have looked at, visited and revisited, pressed my nose up to the glass, asked about, talked about, and considered financing one in December when really low interest was available....
    There is a power tool, lawn mower, tractor dealership 50 miles from here with a couple blue, a red, and silver 2007 HD200's..... $3,000 out the door.

    I want one.
    I would modify the plastic under the handlebars so I could flip them, then install some bar-end mirrors on 'em. Because I have a 27" inseam, I would shave the seat and have it covered with leather. I would like to install a plate to the luggage rack so I could swap my Givi top box between it and the Bandit. And the blue paint job is high quality stuff!

    I rode a 2009 model with it's rear disc brake, and found the disc to be more effective at stopping the SYM than the front brake. Taking it on a wannabe highway, I got it up to an indicated 72..... which I believe is a real 68 mph. The factory tires followed the rain grooves too easily though, and I would likely change them out.

    But I still owe my "overdraft protection" line of credit $1,200 and I'm anxious to look at a Beemer w/Lester mags and a 2-1 exhaust, low mileage R100..... and it's got that really sexy stylistic half fairing.

    What to do, what to do.
    I want a scooter, and though the HD200 doesn't look scooter'ish enough for me, I think it's the best 'little' scoot out there. But since peering in at a blue toaster tank Beemer on the showroom floor in '72, I jus' GOTTA have me an airhead someday!

    SYM HD200..... I say -- GO FOR IT! --
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  15. Bar None

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    Larry,
    Sym forum at http://symforum.com
    I've had mine for 9 months and haven't taken it to the dealer for anything. Did order a new air filter over the internet.
    I would buy a HD200 without a local dealer but I do all my own maintenance on my bikes. Your local mechanic should be able to take care of you.
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  16. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Been thinking of selling my Silverwing and just having the HD for longer rides. Toward making the decision, I decided to take a "longer" ride and see how it went. Headed for Greensboro -67 miles away.

    11:16 -- Hit the highway ≈ and headed west.
    11:20 -- Back is sore but it's been cranky lately so ignore it.
    11:50 -- Thinking maybe I should go 100 miles instead of 67. I'm passing slower trucks as needed and the ride is great. Big trucks pass me and the back draft moves the scoot around but no worse than the Silverwing.
    12:07 -- roll into Greensboro
    12:16 -- It's been 1 hour and the odo says I've gone 75 miles! Holy Crap - I've been in town for 9 min. and still made 75 miles in an hour. Either the odo is off or I was going a lot faster than I thought on Rt 40.
    3:00 -- Back home after riding around. 160 miles on the odo. Back feels great and I think the ride just got better as time went on. An amazing scoot.

    The Silverwing is definitely gonna go.

    2 things.... 1) Gotta get a wind screen. 2) When I started to feel cramped I just hopped up and sat on the passenger part of the seat. Gave my legs more room and forced me to put my arms in a different position. After a while like that I moved back to the "normal" position. Being able to change seating like that made the riding a lot more comfy.
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  17. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    :clap
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  18. McFlyMpls

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    Hey Barnone,
    How is the HD200 holding up? I found a Blur 150 with about 200 miles on it that I just couldn't pass up. I love it. The brakes and suspension/handling are amazing (for a scoot). But it's still a 150. Need more power! I still remember my testride on the HD200. Oh well. I can always wait a few more months and see about a 2010 Blur 220i!!!
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  19. Bar None

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    McFlyMpls,
    The HD200 is hodling up just fine. I still can't believe the performance of the 171cc engine.
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