In conjunction with its annual dealers’ dinner, SYM Malaysia held the world debut of the SYM Sport Rider 125i in Penang, at a price of RM5,450, excluding GST. More than just SYM’s first launch of a 123 cc EFI motorcycle in the underbone (kapchai) category, the Sport Rider 125i was produced based on a design from SYM’s Malaysian operation.
The decision to produce an EFI 125 cc kapchai was taken after considering the needs of riders in the small-bike market, combining the SYM Malaysia’s experience with the SYM Sport Bonus 115 and E Bonus 110. The SYM Sport Rider 125i comes with an air-cooled 123 cc single-cylinder two-valve SOHC engine that pumps out 9.5 PS at 8,000 rpm and 10.8 Nm torque at 5,500 rpm.
In full compliance with Euro 3 standards, the 125i is fed by EFI, a first in the kapchai-class for SYM. DRLs are also included, as well as LED signals and taillights, which brings the lighting under Euro 4 compliance.
There is an under-seat storage space, which means the 4.2-litre fuel tank gets placed in the tail section. An analogue tachometer – something not usually seen in kapchais – and digital LCD speedometer complete the instrument cluster, with the LCD gauge performing multiple duties with gear read-out, odometer and fuel gauge.
Front suspension is with telescopic forks, while a traditional twin shock absorber setup in the rear features remote reservoir shocks adjustable for pre-load. Braking is done with a hydraulic disc in front grabbed by a twin-piston caliper, and the rear brake is by mechanical drum.
Weighing in at 107 kg, the seats of the Sport Rider 125i are separated, designed to enhance the comfort level of both the rider and pillion. SYM Malaysia expects to sell 20,000 units a year, with bikes arriving in SYM dealer showrooms from September.
The 2017 SYM Sport Rider 125i comes in three colours – Yellow, Blue and Red – and goes for RM5,450 excluding GST, road tax and insurance. A special limited edition Matte-Black version of the 125i is available for RM5,570. A three-year or 30,000 km warranty is provided.