Maxi scooters have long been popular in Europe and Asia for their practicality, ease of use and style. In recent years the maxi scooter trend has made its way into the US market, with scooters like the BMW C 650 GT having been relatively successful. With some major motorcycle manufacturers starting to offer at least one maxi-scooter model in their product range, it seems that the whole maxi-scooter craze is not going to go away anytime soon.
SYM, a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer known for its value for money in Europe and Asia, has just launched the updated version of its Maxsym 400 maxi scooter. Updates to the scooter aren’t just about updated bodywork or new colors, no. SYM has completely redesigned the scooter and launched the Maxsym 400 as a brand new model. The previous model had undoubtedly gotten a bit long in terms of both styling and overall performance. Hopefully the brand new Maxsym can do a good job competing with Kymco, Yamaha, and even BMW’s maxi scooters.
For starters, SYM put the brand new Maxsym 400 on a strict diet. The company claims the reworking of the bike’s chassis resulted in an impressive 18.5 percent reduction in weight. In addition, the tubular steel construction of the new frame has given the scooter additional rigidity and improved driving characteristics. The revised chassis is equipped with a set of standard telescopic forks at the front and a standard preload adjustable shock absorber at the rear.
The heart of the SYM Maxsym 400 is a liquid-cooled 399 cc single-cylinder engine with fuel injection. The Euro 5 compliant grinder features a redesigned exhaust system and a new roller tilt valve system that gives the scooter 34 horsepower and 30 ft-lbs of torque. Other features include a keyless ignition system, an adjustable windshield and an additional traction control system.