By Joanne Donn, GearChic.com
“Timeless Classic Style.” That’s how Alliance Powersports, the U.S. distributor for SYM motorcycles and scooters, describes the Symba. I have to agree.
I’ll admit, this was my first time riding a clutchless, shifting motorcycle. It seems so foreign to me. What? I shift but I can’t control the clutch? As an avid motorcyclist and sportbike enthusiast, I find this difficult to enjoy. However, as someone who lives in San Francisco, the Symba makes perfect sense.
I’m not opposed to fully automatic shifting, as I spent a year riding a fully electric motorcycle and absolutely loved it. I almost wish this guy had the same setup. It took me awhile to get used to this strange new way of riding but after a little bit of practice, I got the hang of it.
As a MSF RiderCoach, I absolutely love the idea of a standard seated motorcycle as your first bike. Or something that’s fairly close to upright riding position. It’s immediately familiar and can put you in a more positive, confident state of mind. Riding is such a mind/body experience (not quite as physical as you think, initially). Once you sit on a bike and put your feet down, you immediately form ideas and opinions about what you think you can/can’t ride, simply based on feel.
I really think it’s important to start on something lightweight, familiar, easy to handle and forgiving. The Symba 100 easily falls into all of these categories. She weighs as much as your typical 100-150cc scooter (209lbs).
Because the seat tapers in the front, your knees won’t be pushed outward as on most scooters, which can then force you to tip toe or be on the balls of your feet while riding. And especially if you’re a new rider, you’ll be looking to have as much confidence as possible so having a flatter foot (but not necessarily flat, and that’s okay too) might make you feel more comfortable.
As someone who rides motorcycles and loves everything there is to love about shifting and controlling my clutch, it’s difficult for me to recommend this to a fellow motorcyclist who is looking for a good city ride.
But, if you had Honda’s original version of this motorcycle, or you’re a new rider just looking for something to ride instead of the bus, to save gas and have fun doing it, then you’ll love this. With a 2 year warranty, ~100mpg, and a seat for your best friend, the Symba 100 is a great way to go!
For full specifications on the SYM Symba 100: http://alliancepowersports.com/sym-symba-100/specifications.html
About the Author: Joanne Donn currently lives in San Francisco and she eats, breathes, and sleeps motorcycles. She started her own website, GearChic.com, in 2007 to provide reviews, tips, and insights on motorcycle and scooter riding gear. Joanne also launched the first female-hosted motorcycle podcast show (and blog), Moterrific, in March 2013.Share this on:
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