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5 February 2005
Check out Joe Queenan's impressions of Great Britain, particularly his thoughts on the Queen musical We Will Rock You:
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Today I test-rode the Sym Euro MX (sold in Australia by Bolwell).
I must admit, the thing surprised me. I had little interest in the Taiwanese-built machine, thinking it just a cheap, dull knockoff compared to European scooters or the Honda @125 I tested some months back.
The first thing I noticed was that it looks much better in person. It's shapely, the standard of finish is very high, and the switchgear is well designed.
The 150cc 4-stroke single-cylinder motor is a nice little unit, offering smooth acceleration and manages 100kph on flat ground. LIke other 4-stroke scooters, it needs a big handful to get away from the lights at a reasonable pace, but once underway motors along nicely.
The ergonomics are terrific: comfy seat, well-positioned handlebars, plenty of legroom. There's space under the seat for a helmet and there's a fold-out shopping-bag hook under the handlebars. The mirrors work well, as do the brakes.
Handling is, well, scooter-like. These things are not built for high-speed cornering or bumpy roads. They are city machines.
Overall, it compares favourably with the Honda. It feels pretty much the same to ride and is about $1000 less expensive, and a whopping $2000 less than the equivalent Vespa ET4.
Overall, this is a quality little piece of kit and great value for money.
For an extra $200, Sym/Bolwell have a more sporty version of the Euro, called the Shark:
This is identical in all respects to the Euro except for the bodywork, and it's 4 kgs lighter. I'd get the Shark, as I prefer the looks, but you can't go wrong with either one.
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