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“Better than good. Scoot with pride”

★★★★★

written by Maddenj186 on 04/10/2023

Bought my 2023 CitiCom 300i at Sabatino Moto in Portland 2 months ago. 850 miles on it and one easy oil change. From the first mile, a very comfortable and confidence building ride. Not a problem to ease into interstate traffic and find that 70 mph sweet spot. I am 6'3" and 230 lbs and have no issues with power or riding position. Seat is comfy, even on some all day rides in the Columbia Gorge. Underseat storage is convenient and handles most of the stuff I tote for weather changes and so forth. A Spartan bike as far as instrumentation, but everything works very well. Brakes are excellent. This bike is not going to make cafe racers of hog lovers happy, but for urban riding and country cruising the CityCom brings it every time in a dependable, easy to control package. Just got back from a test on a vacant straight country road to try and find the top end speed-wise. No wind, dry road, the bike gets to 65 as fast as you will need to and will climb into the 90's with a crouch under the wind stream and a competent knee and elbow tuck. No need for all that, though, only to settle my curiousity. Highly recommend this for a mature rider looking for effortless and carefree mileage.

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“Awesome scooter!”

★★★★★

written by alanhayward on 14/03/2018

I bought mine used ('12 plate) as I wanted to keep up with my mates on their 300-600cc machines on a long weekend ride. After they had stopped laughing (are you done lads?) I let each one of them have a ride on it. They made fun of my SYM again, ever... This is without question, the finest scooter/bike I've ever owned.

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“Sym City Com 300i”

★★★★★

written by BillyOrtega on 20/01/2016

Great scooter which does everything as you'd expect. Pricey new but what you get from this manufacturer is a scooter which is far superior in build quality to Sym's smaller siblings. Mines gone on for 62000km (38k miles) and all I've spent is tyres, oil and brake pads not forgetting two drive belt replacements as precautionary measures although the belts are very substantial I could of gotten more mileage out of them. What I like about this scooter is it handles like a motorcycle because of it's large wheels, and the linked brakes.The storage space is very commodious and the large fuel tank will give you a decent range. When my local bike shop serviced mine they left the plastic drive side cover off rather surprisingly the inner alloy cover had Honda stamped on it. The mechanic says he'd scrutinised the scooter carefully and even pointed out the fuel injection system is Japanese too. This surprised me!! Although thinking about it Sym had strong ties with Honda and the likes of Piaggio fitted the Honda Foresight 250 to their X9 scooters. So perhaps this is the norm? All I know is its used all year round rain or shine and preserves my Kawasaki which is used for sunny Sundays. I'd recommend one although not a common sight on Uk roads. Don't despair. parts are easy to get and not that expensive either. I wanted a initially wanted a Honda but decided on this one much to the derision of my mates. What I've had in return is eight years of reliable running which I've had. Money well spent I guess.

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Sammym's Comment

Written on: 20/01/2016

Funny you should mention the Honda markings on the drive belt casing? Mine has the same. Probably why Sym fit a plastic cover to deliberately hide this? My dealer said Sym and Honda share technology it's not the first time they've seen this.

Great scooters, and well worth considering. i used mine twice to travel to the Isle of Man TT and three trips to north France all done without fault. Ride and enjoy.

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Banburykid's Comment

Written on: 14/02/2016

I lived and worked in Taipei Taiwan for four years and what a beautiful country to be in. I Rode a City com 300 for three of those years and it was largely trouble free. The garage who serviced it told me the engine was the same as fitted to the Honda Forza 300 a model which is actually made in Taiwan under licence. Not the most powerful motor but certainly reliable and very fuel efficient. Only issue I did have was the water pump impeller which failed. Strangely the replacement part came in a Honda packaging? Excellent scooter.

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“Sym Citycom 300i”

★★★★★

written by Collin421 on 13/12/2015

I'm happy to praise this scooter but not at recommending it to others because I'm greedy and don't want anyone else owning a scooter as good as this. Mileage is now 76000km with regular servicing and its still running sweetly. Its literally only cost me tyres and oil and fuel and brake pads. The drive belts last around 30000km. I'm lucky because I've another Citycom 300 tucked away in my garage with barely 4000km for when my current scooter eventually dies. The way its running at the moment I can't seen it giving up anytime soon. Sym certainly got it right with this one. The finish is superior compared to their smaller capacity models. If its anything to go by I've owned some of Honda's best and although its the brand that sells!! The Sym isn't that far off.Its all a matter of choice.

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“A keeper”

★★★★★

written by Phipsd263 on 06/03/2013

Now at 21000km the bike is doing well. It's been a reliable, comfortable good handling ride. EBC organic pads fixed the mushy braking and are much more durable. The OE battery was a joke, toast after only two years. I swiped the AGM Yuasa out of my V-Strom 1000; it fit and it's a vast improvement. The ceramic motor on my SYM shows every sign of being exceptionally durable. It took 20,000 km for the bike to fully break in and really run it's best. Now it's a much quicker, faster bike. I just had the CVT serviced and the belt replaced and the original was still in good shape. The bike has proved to be a very fine long distance cruiser. The stock seat is the best stock seat I have had in 44 years of riding. At six four plus I need earplugs with the stock shield, but there is no buffeting. The coolest part of the bike is the handling. The upright seating position and room mean than even my large self can 'scoot' forward an inch or so and if I do so; the steering, handling and cornering are transformed. It becomes linear, rock steady and stable no matter how gusty windy things are or how fast I'm bending a corner. Riding like so is not all day comfortable, but it's my secret weapon for demanding conditions. 6500-7000 is a comfortable fast cruise and it will do it all day. After 44 years of riding, what a great little bike.

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“This is a 16" bigwheel scooter, so I consider it a...”

★★★★★

written by on 15/08/2010

This is a 16" bigwheel scooter, so I consider it a great little automatic motorcycle. The term scooter doesn't do it justice. It's quick. Once the clutch engages at about 20 kph I have no trouble keeping ahead of most traffic. On the highway I haven't yet come across a bridge or hill where I couldn't easily maintain an indicated 110 kph (100 kph).

IKt vibrates at idle but is remarkably smooth once underway, with the mirrors clear and sharp. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the Citycom is the handling. It is scooter quick compared to my big bikes, but the steering feel in the corners is remarkably good, as is the stability.

Bottom line: I routinely find myself going much more quickly in the twisties with total comfort and confidence than I would on my DL1000 V-Strom; a bike that I have 50,000 backroad km on, and my former favourite handling bike of the last 42 years.

Yes the balance on the brakes could be a little better; the front is a little soft, the twin headlights are fairly useless on lowbeam and the ride is fairly stiff but none of that matters when I take in the stout climbing performance from 263cc and the stellar corner carving abilities.


It's not a great bike for a scooter, or even a great bike for 263cc: It's a great bike period. I have put 4100 km on the Citycom in a couple of months and I will be riding it till the wheels fall off.

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