Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Rear Rack Coming Soon!

Is the stock Symba solo seat giving you a case of fan-agony? When you ride, do you find yourself butting (no pun intended) up against that bar on the rear rack? Help is on the way: SYM-USA is manufacturing - right here in the USA - a new rack that makes it possible to stretch back a bit more and use the pillion seat for "expansion", while not limiting at all the rear storage capacity. Expect it to be available from Sym dealers in a month or so.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Important Update: Cleaning the Symba's Oil Strainer

SYM-USA just released a correction to the Symba Owner's Manual that shows how to remove and clean the oil strainer - this was incorrect in the original version that was shipped with the first wave of Symbas sold in America. I'd recommend that you download this correction and keep a printed copy with your Symba Owner's Manual. The oil strainer should be cleaned regularly - I'd do it at every oil change (every 1500 miles or so - of course, the oil should be changed more often during the break-in period - about every 150 miles for the first 600 miles).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tune in to Just Gotta Scoot for a Symba "Audio Review"!

Dave Harrington of Just Gotta Scoot recently posted his "audio review" of the Symba and an interview with four people who are involved with the Symba on an intimate basis: a large SYM dealer, a SYM regional sales manager, SYM-USA's marketing director Pete McIntosh, and.... yours truly (representing Cub enthusiasts)! It's a good review and discussion - about 42 minutes of interesting and enjoyable "Symba" talk, including some special news from SYM regarding new Symba accessories! Click here to have a listen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Symba Review and Video at

Discerning scooter enthusiast and blogger Ryan Carden spent an afternoon with the Symba and has posted his review and video on his site. I have to admit that when I first saw the article I held my breath, because Ryan is pretty blunt and outspoken in his reviews, both positive and negative (which I greatly respect). He is a shill for no brand. Also, he is the proud owner of a '60's Honda Super Cub that he has restored himself: the fact that the Symba is a new interpretation of the Cub theme can either appeal or offend anyone who appreciates the original. How did the Symba fare? Well, far be it for me to characterize - read it for yourself (here).

Monday, May 18, 2009

You Meet the Nicest People Writing About the Symba...

Not surprisingly, bloggers are starting to write about the Symba. This article just appeared on "Scootin' Old School", and I'd say it's one of the best urban-centric reviews of the Symba so far. In the author's words, the SYM Symba and Portland, Oregon are just "Perfect Together"!

Friday, May 15, 2009

First Symba Accessory Sighting!

Discussion groups are starting to buzz about the Symba, as they start rolling out of showrooms and onto American roads. This is the first one I have seen that has an accessory - notice the front rack. It looks to me as if it's a rack off a Honda C70 Passport. I'm not surprised!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

2nd USA Symba Sighting!

The above photo was recently posted by a SYM dealer in Tennessee. Ah, at last a red one! Well, it looks like the initial USA allocation of Symbas has been pretty well distributed by now.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

First Symba Sighting!

The above is, as far as I know, the very first photo taken of a Symba from the first shipment of bikes that just arrived yesterday! It was posted by a SYM dealer in Lexington, KY.