As the latest addition to the Malaysian maxi-scooter scene, the 2017 SYM Cruisym 300i aims to provide a value-for-money choice for riders needing a scooter that can handle longer journeys with a decent turn of speed. Shown at the Gempaq Penang 2.0 roadshow sponsored by SYM and PJ1 lubricants, the Cruisym 300i was on display at the Seberang Jaya Expo in Penang.

Carrying a 278.3 cc single-cylinder SOHC air-cooled engine fed by EFI, the Cruisym 300i puts out a claimed 26.9 hp at 7,750 rpm and 27.3 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. Power gets to the ground with a centrifugal dry clutch and automatic CVT gearbox.

Suspension on this Taiwanese scooter is with telescopic forks in front, and unit-swingarm in the rear, where the engine and gearbox is an integral piece of the swingarm. Braking is by hydraulic master cylinder for the front and rear, grabbing a 260 mm and 240 mm disc, respectively.

LED lighting is used for the turn signals and brake lights, with twin halogen headlights in front. A possible option for the 300i is forward and rear cams which record road activity and can be viewed on the rider’s smartphone, though this is yet to be confirmed.

The Cruisym weighs in at 198 kg wet, which makes it a touch hefty, although the scooter’s low center of gravity makes handling easy. There were two colours on display at the Gempaq 2.0 roadshow – white and red, and we were informed that there is a third colour option, grey.

Pricing for the 2017 SYM Cruisym 300i has not been set as yet, pending government approval. Direct competitor to the Cruisym 300i is the Kawasaki J300, which retails at RM31,498.