Sym Maxsym 400i For Sale

The Sym Maxsym 400i is an A2 licence friendly maxi scooter and is powered by a 399cc single cylinder engine which puts out 32bhp.

What Is It?

  • Storage space, power, brakes, comfort
  • Can be a little vibey, suspension

It's powered by a Euro 3 compliant liquid cooled 399cc single cylinder fuel injected engine, producing 32.2bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque at 6,800rpm.

Features include:

  • Steel tubular frame
  • Automatic CVT gearbox with belt final drive
  • Dual 275mm wavy discs up front with 2 piston calipers
  • 275mm wavy disc at the rear with single piston caliper
  • Linked ABS system with Steel braided lines
  • 41mm fork
  • Dual rear shocks with 5 level pre-load adjustment
  • Halogen headlights, LED position light, LED tail lights
  • Fold out pillion pegs, centre, side stand
  • Rider and pillion backrests
  • Full car style dash

For storage you can fit two helmets in the illuminated underseat compartment, there's a lockable glovebox in the steering column and rather unusually two bag hooks. You also get a 12V / USB socket for phone charging, the screen can be adjusted over two positions with tools and the lights have an auto on/off feature. The 15" front wheel takes a 120/70 tyre and the rear 14" a 160/60.

Colours: Black, white, grey, blue, red

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2012 £3,000 £2,400 £2,100 12,500
2013 £2,800 £2,250 £1,950 10,700

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I bought this in 2014 when my 35 mile each way commute across the city on a CB500X with a 6 speed close ratio manual gear box became too much. There were about 250 gear changes to get to work and 200 to get home again.

What's good: CVT gearbox makes riding in traffic a dream and arguably safer, since I don't have to think about clutch and gear control, so more of my ageing brain capacity is free for dodging other traffic. The 400cc motor is plenty fast enough 99% of the time. My social riding is with a bunch of big Harleys and I've had several comments about how fast the "bike" is. It has a comfy seat that doesn't slope forward like the one on the CB500X, which had the effect of squeezing my privates. Storage space is a huge bonus but not why I bought the bike. Leave your helmet and jacket under the seat and walk into a meeting like a "normal" person. Big and bold LED lights both ends aids visibility on the road.

What's not so good: Single cylinder motor can be vibratory at intermediate speeds, however it's very smooth on the motorway and okay downtown. Clearly it is optimised for highway travel. Rear suspension often caught out by sharp edged bumps. Usual scooter issue of high unsprung weight.

What I changed: Removed both rider and pillion backrests because they either kicked me in the back over those sharp edged bumps or looked silly. Added a "Laminar Lip" to the top of the screen to flick more air over the top of my helmet, very good outcome for helmet noise and buffeting.

- Magnus, 2017

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How many bikes like this are around, by year of production, including those licensed for use on the road and those off the road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Year On The Road Off The Road Total Around
2012 20 2 22
2013 15 1 16
2014 10 0 10
2015 1 0 1