SYM sees your 150, raises you 150 *updated
Among the many introductions at Germany’s 2015 Intermot show is this tasty morsel from SYM.
SYM’s Wolf Classic 150 has been available in the U.S. for several years now. It’s reasonably priced, well-made, and most importantly, it’s a useful, attractive everyday ride. In other words, it can just be transportation.
Unfortunately, it’s not fast enough to ride on a freeway (unless you do it during commute hours, when traffic is congested).
Enter the Wolf 300 Classic. In Cologne, the bike in the picture was accompanied by a cafe racer version.
I’m a fan of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle, but such bikes are rare in a U.S. market dominated by crotch rockets and cruisers. The Wolf 300 joins the Honda CB300F in a starter bike category with few other choices. At 278cc, the engine’s displacement is identical to Piaggio’s corporate 300 scooter engine, and a few milliliters shy of the Honda’s. Claimed horsepower is 27.1 (20.2 kW), top speed is quoted at 87 mph (140 km/h). The gas tank holds a skosh less than four gallons (15 liters); dry weight is 373 lbs (169 kg), which is only about 50 lbs more than a Vespa GTS.
UPDATE, July 20, 2015: A representative of Alliance Powersports tells Scootin’ Old Skool the Wolf 300 Classic will be launched in the U.S. in late 2016 (if not sooner! 🙂 ) Start saving your pennies!