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SYM Symba Scooter Headed to US

Thursday, April 9, 2009
American scooter riders with soon have another retro-styled option with the introduction of the Symba from SanYang Motors (SYM). Previously named the WO WOW, the new Symba is cloned after the Honda Super Cub, an iconic model which has sold more than 60 million units world-wide since its 1958 introduction – the best-selling vehicle of all time.

SYM Symba
The Symba is based off SYM's Wo Wow, in turn a clone of Honda's iconic Super Cub - the best-selling vehicle in history.
The sales for SYM’s Symba figure to be somewhat more modest… but SYM, which produces a wide range of scooters worldwide, is building its sales in the US market with scooter rides like the 50cc Mio. The Symba has already created an online stir amongst American scooter enthusiasts yearning for the Super Cub glory days of yore – the Honda model not available in the US since the 1980s.

Powering the new Symba is an air-cooled 101cc 4-stroke engine. The single cylinder mill is fueled via a carburetor with power claims at a modest 6.7 horsepower and 5 lb-ft torque. Okay, so it’s not going to out-accelerate the new VMAX, but SYM claims a respectable top-speed of 56 mph. The spec sheet also claims an amazing efficiency of 153 mpg if driven at 25 mph.

The four-speed Symba transmission transfers the power to 17-inch wire-spoke wheels. Seat height is 29.9 inches and the total claimed curb weight is 209 lbs. A telescopic fork and rear swingarm with two-position adjustable shock make up the suspension, with front and rear drum brakes rounding out the spec sheet.

The classic looks of the Symba can be accessorized with practical-looking additions – a front fender basket complementing a larger chrome rack available in the rear. Standard configuration comes with a separate passenger seat, although a large bench seat is available too.

The Symba sorts a suggested retail price of $2,598.

Not much else is available from SYM except a promise that the first imported batch is on a boat somewhere between Taiwan and the US. For more information on the new Symba, check out www.sym-usa.com and also take a look at the SYM Symba video introduction.
SYM Symba
The Symba will come with optional luggage accessories, like a large chrome rack and front basket.

SYM Symba Spec Sheet
Engine: Air-cooled 4-stroke Single
Displacement: 101.4cc
Top Speed: 56 mph
Transmission: 4-speed
Fueling: Carburetor
Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Swingarm, with adjustable shock
Front Brake: 130mm drum
Rear Brake: 110mm drum
Tires: 17 x 2.5 front/rear
Seat Height: 29.9 inches
Fuel Tank: 1.08 gallon
MSRP: $2,598
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T -Future for SYM  December 5, 2010 07:45 PM
Now that the storage facility in Alabama has gone up in flames, What's the future for SYM here in the 'States? Will the Sympba in particular be available? What about parts? Can SYM improve on the dealer network? I've noticed that SYM dealers in the Baltimore area are really few and far between!
Brad Steinemann -Sym lover  September 7, 2010 06:34 PM
I do not want to hurt any one feelings, but it is untrue that Sym motorcycles are all made in Taiwaan. I have a sym fiddel two and it is made on mainline china. You all have to get over it, many good bikes are made in china. Sym has plant in Mainland china (Xiamen) , one plant in Taiwaan and one in vietnam. It is not the country but the supervision and quality control. BMW makes cares in China too. So yes the chinese produce some junk but they also produce some very good products.
marvin mendoza -sym symba  January 5, 2010 10:11 AM
this is a great bike! in the philippines we call it underbone bikes its fast and very fuel efficient like 40 to 50 km per liter

just like my yamaha 135LC4v
GOGOGO -Taiwanese is not Chinese  September 10, 2009 02:50 AM
SYM Symba is made in Taiwan,
Taiwanese is not Chinese, so Taiwanese quality is not Chinese quality.
joe -symba  August 9, 2009 10:05 AM
sure are a lot of uninformed morons on here. If ait ain't made by white males it must be trash. Yeah a harley is an engineering marvel, more like a loose tolerance turd. i'll take a symba over a sportster anyday.i don't need a loud obnoxiuous machine to prove my worth. rev it up macho men
Sean -Like a Cub, but greatly improved...  June 7, 2009 11:42 PM
For all you naysayers, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAyy2iW6iHc and http://www.justgottascoot.com/podcasts.htm and the best IMO, some Brits racing each other through the Pyrenees in France/Spain...looks like damn fun to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc7Vo9G3nFI&feature=channel
Jo -AWESOME!!!  May 25, 2009 10:14 PM
SYM is definitely NOT Chinese. I also have 2 original Cubs. The SYM Symba is a better version of the bikes I have. SYM has been making this very model for 40 years or so for Honda. It's hard to call it a knock-off when they were an OEM manufacturer, licensed by Honda to build this very bike. I just ordered my new Symba today. My dealer told my it will be in by next week!
DougE -scooters  May 21, 2009 01:10 PM
When will someone build a "New" Cushman. I see the Baja mini bike that is not quite big or fast enough, but sells for only $450. Make one larger and faster for $under a $1,000 and I think it will sell.
David -SYMba  May 15, 2009 10:40 PM
for that much money ( almost $3000 ) I should get the TADA car !!! LOL.
Jon -No thanks  May 14, 2009 11:49 PM
This will be 3000 out the door and has drum brakes? Not worth the money and safety.
andy -well....  May 7, 2009 05:56 PM
its a modern classic, but 2600$ is quite a ticket for a "simple ,oconomic solution...I^ll bet you can buy this bike in Indonesia for a fraction of that!!
MILWAKEE MIKE -What a pile of trash  April 30, 2009 08:16 AM
Why spend $2600.00 for a toy that makes you look stupid?
G. H. NAIRN -SYMBA  April 29, 2009 06:43 AM
I would have loved to have heard what the bike sounded like...why would they not start it up or even show someone test riding it? The bike seems awfully girlie to me......a front basket...excuse me!! They should have had the reporter test ride it...he looks like a girlie-man...lol. I am sure this bike will be a big hit in San Fransisco with all the girlie-men their...lol. Besides being a "girlie" bike....who would want to constantly be shifting in urban traffic? Screw that...get a SYM scooter...fully automatic....way more storage and a fairing & windshield to keep the wind and rain off you.
Nathaniel Dahl -Taiwan is much more like Japan than China when it comes to quality...  April 15, 2009 05:29 AM
If you put a SYM, Kymco, PGO ("Genuine"), CPI, or TGB scooter next to a Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha, you'll see that the level of quality of the Taiwan-made scooters is not just equivalent to their Japanese counterparts, but in some aspects the Taiwan brands are superior. I have examined the SYM Symba up-close (and will soon be commuting on one), and I can say, being also an owner of three classic Super Cubs, that the Symba is, overall, a better-made machine compared to the Honda. It inherits the full Honda Super Cub pedigree, SYM having manufactured the Honda Cub under license for decades, but also has had the benefit of SYM's own engineering talent, expressed in such updates as telescopic front fork (replacing the Cub's leading-link design) and a fuel gauge (hoooray!). It's the Cub that Honda should be making today. And, thankfully, it's available in the USA for 2009 - the first Cub in over 25 years!
bams.iswanto@yahoo.com -classical cub motorcycle  April 12, 2009 06:27 PM
This scooter legendaris motorcycle 1970's, this tipe scooter very simple, light, economist multiuse and confortable in Indonesian this tipe more in honda mark, this motor is oke.
Fledermaus -SYM Symba  April 12, 2009 03:28 PM
SYM builds scooters and bikes to quality standards that are as good or better than Honda's, and their prices are much more reasonable. Honda's reputation for quality construction is due partly to SYM, who actually built the Honda Cub for about 40 years. Mr. Madson may have an English degree but after being subjected to his writing, I wish he'd spent the additional $1.19 and gotten one in neuromedicine or astrophysics instead.
Fledermaus -SYM Symba  April 12, 2009 03:27 PM
SYM builds scooters and bikes to quality standards that are as good or better than Honda's, and their prices are much more reasonable. Honda's reputation for quality construction is due partly to SYM, who actually built the Honda Cub for about 40 years. Mr. Madson may have an English degree but after being subjected to his writing, I wish he'd spent the additional $1.19 and gotten one in neuromedicine or astrophysics instead.
Ryan Carden -More SYMBA Info  April 10, 2009 02:35 PM
There is a ton of info on the new Symba at Scooter-News.com Symba Info Below: http://www.scooter-news.com/index.php/news/1-latest/88-search-results?cx=partner-pub-6964478906503688%3Angfiefbkekt&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=sym+symba&sa=Search&option=com_improvedgas A test drive is in the works!
JSH -SYM  April 10, 2009 09:23 AM
The SYM SYMba is not a Chinese knock-off considering that SYM (San Yang Motors) is a Taiwanese company that has been in business since 1951. SYM has been building motorcycles for Honda since 1962 and Honda automobiles since 1967. SYM is the company that actually builds the Honda Cub. Your big 4 "Japanese" scooter is most likely made by a Taiwanese or Korean company. ------------ http://www.sym.com.tw/eng/about/symstory.php
SAMxrl -Woop-di-do??!!  April 10, 2009 06:42 AM
Oh goody, America needs yet another Chinese "knock-ff" of an iconic bike and brand? I had two Vento scooters and both had build issues with perhaps the squeakiest and worst brakes around. (Never could get them to stop squealing) Is providing another poorly made (with little to no dealer support and parts) scooter a good option? Even though we are in a DEEP RECESSION I think I'd still suck it up and get enough cash to buy a scooter from one of the big 4 Japanese makers. Hey Honda, how-a-bout an updated "real" version of the Cub we could all embrace again?
Scooter Slut -Like, OMG!  April 9, 2009 09:07 PM
Yes! Yesss! YEEEEESSSSSS! OMG! Wow! At last!!!! Wow! What a ride. Ooof. I need a cigarette...