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2008 SYM RV 250 Review

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Nice. It really does seem to be a well thought-out and executed machine. Steve, did you test-ride the scooter at night? How was the actual "quality" of light? some bikes have lots and lots of lights on the front of them, but because nobody actually thought to try-out the machine at night, they really don't "light the way" very well, and just pyss-off oncoming traffic with glare.

And so far as "one piece cylinder head" - what do they mean by that? So far as I can remember, most-every engine I've worked-on has only "one piece" for the head (with the exception of a few GM OHC engines huge PITA to work on too!). Are they saying that it's cast-integral with the cylinder block?
 

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Nevermind on that cylinder-head question - did a bit of digging and found an es'sploded diagram of it here: http://www.sym-usa.com/pdf/parts_rv250.pdf

Are Carter Bros in Alabama the only Dealer for these so far? Or does SYM have plans to expand, and use Carter for their primary distributorship?

(I know, I know - questions you probably don't have the answers to, sorry man!)
 

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Howdy!

Good find on that diagram.

As for the second question. Carter Bros is in Alabama and they are acting as the importer/distributor for SYM. SYM approached them because of their long history of distributing Karts in the US. The SYM dealer network is growing, but they are still VERY early in their expansion. A much younger brand in the USA than Kymco, the number 1 Taiwanese 2-wheeler manufacturer.

SYM is in the process of revamping their website. Should have their dealer list updated soon (I hope).

Cheers!
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Nevermind on that cylinder-head question - did a bit of digging and found an es'sploded diagram of it here: http://www.sym-usa.com/pdf/parts_rv250.pdf

Are Carter Bros in Alabama the only Dealer for these so far? Or does SYM have plans to expand, and use Carter for their primary distributorship?

(I know, I know - questions you probably don't have the answers to, sorry man!)
 

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Nice signature link you got there.

And the AR you have in your Avatar looks exactly like the one I used to have...and curse at repeatedly.
Ugh, I wish I had an AR to curse at. However being a full time student means no disposable firearms cash. And, living where I do poses all sorts of problems. If you wanna elaborate more on yours, I'd love to hear.
 

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Ugh, I wish I had an AR to curse at. However being a full time student means no disposable firearms cash. And, living where I do poses all sorts of problems. If you wanna elaborate more on yours, I'd love to hear.
Say, where are you a student at in Chicago? I'm a student in Chicago.
 

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Ugh, I wish I had an AR to curse at.
You must like Urals and Jawas too then. The AR-15 is the Yugo of the arms world. You can hear the recoil spring go "sproing" in the stock when you fire one. The later ones are a bit better than the old ones but the basic design guarantees that the thing will foul at some point. There's still no piston in the gas operation mechanism. Field stripping one during a fire fight was a real joy.

Typical of the govt, they've chosen a slightly upgraded AR as the "new" combat rifle. There's still no piston in the gas operation mechanism. Not surprisingly it, had the worst performance of the new rifles the Army tested. But the money will stay where it is ensuring good retirement jobs for the Generals. Gotta keep them priorities straight!
 

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Ugh, I wish I had an AR to curse at. However being a full time student means no disposable firearms cash. And, living where I do poses all sorts of problems. If you wanna elaborate more on yours, I'd love to hear.
Mine was a very light and very accurate Bushmaster. But, I had feeding problems, ejecting problems, and mags (at the time) were complete crap unless you bought really expensive mags and then they were only passable.

When it worked, it worked really well. Unfortunately it was extremely tempermental and unreliable. In the end I looked at it as something I just couldn't trust to defend myself with and that is how I look at all my firearms. So I sold it at a gunshow through one of those extemely evil loopholes. :)

If you are looking for a fun military style firearm I would recommend a FN-FAL (cheaper, more reliable and good, cheap hi-cap mags), an SAR-1 (it's an AK variant, very cheap, reliable, cheap ammo and good, cheap mags) or a Springfield M1 (More expensivethan an AR, pricier mags, more expensive ammo, but reliable and accurate, and pretty neat looking).

If price is your limit here, I would go with an SAR-1. You can get one between $300 and $500 depending on reciever and country or origin.
 

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You must like Urals and Jawas too then. The AR-15 is the Yugo of the arms world. You can hear the recoil spring go "sproing" in the stock when you fire one. The later ones are a bit better than the old ones but the basic design guarantees that the thing will foul at some point. There's still no piston in the gas operation mechanism. Field stripping one during a fire fight was a real joy.

Typical of the govt, they've chosen a slightly upgraded AR as the "new" combat rifle. There's still no piston in the gas operation mechanism. Not surprisingly it, had the worst performance of the new rifles the Army tested. But the money will stay where it is ensuring good retirement jobs for the Generals. Gotta keep them priorities straight!
Yeah, my cursing does not compare to Seruzawa's cursing. When my AR would jam 15-20 times in an afternoon I didn't have someone returning fire. And when I had to field strip the firearm it was on the back of a pick-up truck not on the ground of a swampy jungle. But, Seruzawa can probably attest to the durability and ease in which the AK works and functions. Which is why I listed the SAR-1, which I do own.
 

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Yeah, my cursing does not compare to Seruzawa's cursing. When my AR would jam 15-20 times in an afternoon I didn't have someone returning fire. And when I had to field strip the firearm it was on the back of a pick-up truck not on the ground of a swampy jungle. But, Seruzawa can probably attest to the durability and ease in which the AK works and functions. Which is why I listed the SAR-1, which I do own.
The AK ammo tracers had a green tint, the US ammo tracers were more red. At night we could see firefights from the river between the Marines and the NVA with green tracers going in both directions. Fortunately, most of my personal experience was with Ma Deuce. Accept no substitute.

You can pick up an AK that's been literally buried in mud and it will fire.
 

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If price is your limit here, I would go with an SAR-1. You can get one between $300 and $500 depending on reciever and country or origin.
AK-47.net: Romanian SAR-1

Chambered in the cheap-and-reliable 7.62x39 cartridge. I have cases of the **** buried strategically.

Somewhere.
 
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