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SYM Firenze 300 Review

The Firenze 300 has arrived in Australia. We take a quick run and come away super impressed.

Allen Drysdale




Overview     

The Firenze 300 (Joymax/GTS 300 overseas) has landed and leapt onto the Australian Scooter Scene.

The 300 class is beginning to grow into a significant category here. Pretend your a scooter and you wish to gain entry into the 300 club. Firstly you will need to be above 250 cc and below 300. You also need a measured increase in power and torque over your 250 cc counterpart.

What separates the 300 cc category is the ability to be the master of your own destiny. You wish to commute the city streets then a scooter in this category will be light, nimble, yet offer plenty of power.  You have the desire to cruise then still no problem, these scooters will stick at freeway speeds all day, and do it in such a comfortable manner that you will be planning trips never before considered. A 300 will open the door to new options.

So that explains the category but what about this new scooter from SYM, the Firenze 300. We had the opportunity to get acquainted, only short but very sweet.

 



Features

Think Firenze 300, think fully featured. Lets start at the standard features first.

The Firenze doesn't feel bulky or heavy at all for such a scooter. Weighing in at only 184kg, with a seat that wont have you perched in the clouds . The bars sit nicely in front of you and immediately you get the sense that this is a great set up.

Plenty of power on tap thanks to the liquid cooled and fuel injected 264 cc motor. This 4 valve unit has been developed for optimum performance whilst maintaining relative efficiency. With 12 litres of fuel the Firenze 300 should see distances well over 300 km's from a single tank.

Wheels are 13 inch front and rear. Brakes are 240mm single disc up front combined with a 220mm disc on the rear. The brakes are linked for added safety.

The 5 in 1 ignition system means a multitude of tasks are performed up front, security and fuel are taken care of here. Whilst we are at the front of the scooter we have an automatic seat release button, hazard indicators and run light switches. The dash contains a multitude of functions also, so you wont be left wanting for information. Switchgear is typically SYM, nice in feel as well as operation. The mirrors are large and vibe free on the move, probably some of the best I've seen on any scooter.

Storage is the key feature and you wont be left wanting in this department. Loose change is taken care of via the compartment on the dash. Below and between your feet you have another flip open tray available. The seat opens automatically via the handlebar switch ready to swallow two helmets easily. You can never have enough storage options and convenience just found a new friend in the SYM Firenze. Whilst under the seat we also have a light and kill switch arrangement, added security just adds piece of mind.

The passenger gets looked after with a separate higher two-tier seat with pillion backrest. Foot-pegs flip out to reveal a very comfortable pillion position, the important passenger in your life wont be disappointed.

And lastly up back we have dual adjustable shocks that cater for the ride. The rear tail-light looks trick with stacked LED's but doesn't rate when compared with the lights up front. Keeping with the trends SYM have placed some nicely styled LED run lights that even Audi would be proud of.

 


 
On the Road

We didn't get a great deal of time on the road but my initial thoughts are of a scooter that is ready to please its master.

Firstly the scooter feels right as soon as you get on it. The seat is comfortable, not too high, the bars just fall into place. Doing extended periods in the saddle wont be an issue. The describing word is "balanced".

The Firenze 300 accelerates away from the line with vigour and it will maintain this till your doing speeds you shouldn't be. Nice amounts of torque come into play with a twist of the throttle and at highway speeds this means its easier to remain consistent.

Flip the Firenze from side to side or push it through a set of corners and you will see straight away that agility is on your side. Its thin too so you don't have that maxi-bulk feeling. The screen is high enough allowing the breeze to pass over the rider adding points towards a high comfort score.

I remember getting off the scooter and thinking I could just keep riding this, lots of power, smooth, comfortable and dynamic. The Firenze 300 makes an extremely compelling argument for category honours.

 




Summary

So our initial introduction to the Firenze was a pleasant affair. Cant wait actually to get reacquainted.

For a little over six grand you get a scooter that can travel, commute, tour, anything you ask of it really. The Firenze 300 is more then a willing participant.

Available only in white at this stage, but in this colour it works. We will take a longer ride soon but till then get down to your local SYM dealer and stake your claim.

Ownership of this nature could grow into a real romance, no wonder the latest advertising slogan is "I LOVE SYM".

 

 
SYM Firenze 300 Quick View Tour


published 11/02/2010


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