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SYM VS 150 Review

Is this the ultimate all-rounder. We find out what makes the SYM VS 150 tick all the boxes.

Allen Drysdale

When Australia's Select Scoota released the SYM VS 125 onto the Australian market they knew they were on a winner. Ticking all the boxes for why we love scooters in the first place, it didn't take long before the VS 125 become Australia's number one selling scooter. Now with the release of the VS 150 is it just same same or are we getting a bigger bang for our buck?


If I was to ask a number of people what they are looking for in a scooter I bet it would be something like this. " I want a scooter that has a nice powerful motor, stops well, has heaps of storage under the seat and is comfortable all at the same time". "Oh and by the way, can I also have one that looks OK and is cheap to run"?

With all that in mind lets enter the realm of the VS range from SYM. The VS simply "is what it is" and "does what it does", and ticking the majority of boxes is the reason why this scooter has been so popular.

The key feature of the new VS 150 is the motor. A 4 stroke, 4 valve unit that pumps out 9 KW of power at a relatively high 8000 rpm. It also pumps out a nice and meaty 12.16 Nm at just 6500 rpm. Nice figures that certainly go a long way to differentiating this model from the 125 it replaces.

The other key feature on the VS has always been the storage factor. Open the seat (manually via the key) and a whole new world appears in front of your eyes. In its category the VS is certainly the leader in storage. Add the flat floor and two bag hooks and you've got yourself one handy commuter. For so many people carrying capacity is one of the major buying features and the VS 150 has got this area sown up.

Brakes are another strong point. A massive 273 mm disc up front is just about large enough to slow down the family sedan. Rear braking is taken care of by the older drum type, though the front disc is more then enough to pull the scooter up in a hurry.

Lighting on the front is taken care of by two large halogen headlights which lay claim to a subjective frontal style. These are in-turn complemented at the rear by a huge LED tail-light. These both help in making the VS nice and visible on the road, especially at night.

The dash is fairly basic with the main omission being a clock. But the main objective is to tell how fast your going and when your going to run out of fuel, the dash does give you both of these in a large analogue format.

A nice 5-in-1 ignition system operates the fuel release which is located at the front of the scooter. Again one of those nice features that you wont realise until you fill up for the first time. Not only is fuel stored down low in the middle of the scooter for better balance but you also don't have to open the seat to fill up. Nice Touch.

Other features include twin adjustable shocks on the rear, with the storage capacity so large two shocks are always better then one especially if you include a pillion in the equation. A centre stand is also complemented by a very usable side-stand.

Switchgear is typically Taiwanese in quality and feel, everything just works.


On the Road

This is where same same now becomes different. Make Sense?

The VS 150 has one major change over the scooter it replaces, increased power and torque. The numbers say it for themselves but "seat of the pants" always helps explain the difference in a more easy to understand language.

Acceleration is plentiful on the VS 150 and its here that sets it apart from the 125. No slowing down for hills and no hiding from cars at the traffic lights, this scooter will in-still the confidence back in the right hand. The 4 valve motor is a gem which seems to have that nice balance, being able to rev but still pull like a train. Extra capacity should do this every time, but its nice to see that its translated here on our road ride. Top speed would be an easy 110 km/h, but its under this that counts and the VS scores well.

The 12 inch alloy wheels made for a compliant ride across any of the city streets I travelled. The VS is sharp enough to feel alive yet the suspension and wheel combination are supple enough to remain comfortable. In the true GT sense its really just the best of both worlds. On a scooter like this you don't want to be crashing over bumps, what your looking for is compliance and the VS has it in spades.

The seating position is extremely comfortable on the VS 150 and the reach to the bars is relaxed. If the trip calls for a pillion then the VS is large enough to accommodate this with ease. The extra power of the 150 cc motor, twin shocks and flip out foot pegs help cater for the request.


In Summary

The SYM VS 150 is very much the same same as the VS 125 it replaces. The difference being that it ups the anti in the power stakes.

But why would you be looking for change here? The VS 150 is what you would call a box ticker. Euro styling, great power, heaps of storage with a ride quality that makes commuting comfortable and compliant.  

The VS is fuss free scootering that wont ask the world but will certainly try and provide it in return. Add to this a 4 year Select Scoota warranty and the bullet proof reputation that SYM brings to the table. You actually wonder why we all haven't got a VS in the garage.

Using a cricket analogy the VS is your ultimate all-rounder and at only $3500 + ORC it might just hit you for a six. I think though it might just do it with a gloriously balanced cover drive rather then some erratic hook shot.


published 15/03/2010

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