Edit: Originally this was a comparison and review of the Smax vs Super 8. Since I now have a Kymco like 150i I am going to expand this comparison. Post #44 is the start of new information. I've been meaning to do this for a while. These are the only two small scooters I have owned so I'm going to do a comparison. It's the best way I can think of to do a good review of the Smax. Starting with the Super 8. It's a 2009 Kymco Super 8 150 that I bought new at the end of November 2010 for $2200 OTD. I considered several other scooters but Kymco seemed to offer the best bang for the buck. The Kymco dealer was also the closest dealer to me and seemed like a good place to do business. I also considered the Kymco People 150 and People 200s. After a test ride of the 200s and Super 8 I bought the Super 8. After over 7 years and 30,000+ miles I have no regrets. If I could go back in time I'd still buy it. Over the years I have owned a few bikes that really stood out as fun to ride bikes that performed way better than the spec sheet would indicate. Interestingly one of those bike was also black and red like my Super 8. That would be my 89 Kawasaki EX500. What do these bikes have in common? Both were inexpensive bikes and not exactly state of the art for their time. Both were bikes that EVERY time I got on them they just reminded me how much fun it is to get on 2 wheels and ride Both bikes were relatively light weight. Both bikes have given me a lot of great memories. Both bikes were way more capable than their spec sheet would indicate. Some facts about the Super 8: Engine: 149cc air cooled carburated 2 valve single. 10.3 HP claimed weight: 267 LBS claimed. Wheels: 14" front and rear. Brakes: Front disc, rear drum Fuel tank: 1.3 gallons A few pics of my Super 8: Picking it up from the dealer: . . . . . . . . . . . So, as you can see from the pictures, I did a few things on my Super 8. Here's a pic from last week: I have mainly used my Super 8 for commuting around town but occasionally I have used it as a dual sport, sport bike, and even gone touring on it. How well does it work? I don't have a GPS to check the actual speed but it will hit 65-68 on the speedo which I think reads about 10% high. So figure actual top speed around 60. Acceleration is good enough to leave most cars behind when the light turns green. Gas mileage is normally around 70 MPG. With a 1.3 gal tank range is around 90-100 miles although I have never actually ran it dry. The seat is hard and not that comfortable but that's only an issue on long rides. Around town it's fine. Seating position is roomy enough for my 6-2, 34" inseam and size 12 feet. No you can't stretch out like a maxi scooter but it's perfect for around town or sport riding. Handling is great but limited cornering clearance limits speed on twisty roads. The brakes are pretty basic but work just fine. No ABS but I never missed it and the brakes are not linked like some scooters. If the brakes had been linked I would not have bought it. After 30,000 miles the drivetrain, suspension and brakes are still solid. I have had some electrical issues but none were very expensive to fix. The fuel gauge went out years ago and I never fixed it. I keep the tank topped off from a 5 gal gas can. The CDI went out last year. The cost for the shop to diagnose it, parts and installation was around $185. That's been by far my most expensive repair. I have done all the routine servicing except for mounting new tires. Speaking of tires, the tires on this scooter have lasted much longer than the tires on any of my other scooters. Routine servicing has been pretty easy. I have changed the oil every 1200 miles. I replaced the belt twice so far. Valve clearance checks take about and hour and cost nothing to do. Occasional air filter and spark plug changes are also easy. So that's an overview of the Super 8. I'll do the Smax next then compare them.