Mine is a 2011 model that had sat at the dealers for 2 years before sold to me at huge discount. I've put approx. 1600 mi. on it since JUN 2013, including a daytrip ride of 120+ miles from PA to NJ. Currently the BMS serves as a city commuter between Hoboken NJ, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. I ride it about 3-4 times a week. I don't know how it compares to the SYM, but I wouldn't expect it to be similar for the price it costs. So far BMS had given me zero problem, I changed the front sprocket to get better top speed, acceleration does not suffer much, still plenty of get-up-n-go from a stop to pass most cars from a stop. Suspensions are the limiting factors for sustained high speed, above 35-40 mph, you really need smooth pavement to feel secure about the handling, roads in the city are not kind to poor suspension performance. BMS can easily get up to 45 mph and beyond, just need smooth pavement, flat terrain and minimal wind gust to sustain it. Brakes are there,.. just need to pay attention to know when to use them.