Are scooters the answer for our practical city transport needs?

With the current crazy fuel price, hovering around R19,50 per litre, it costs close to R900 to fill a 50L fuel tank in the average car—this will give you around 400 km of city travel assuming a fuel economy of 10 km/L. A mid-sized (300cc) scooter will average you at just over 30 km/L. This means you can reduce your fuel bill by two-thirds by scooting around the city. Not to mention, the massive saving of time and frustration of trying to negotiate city traffic by car. This is something that European commuters discovered ages ago.

Photo credit: Bjorn Moreira / ZA Bikers

At ZA Bikers we wanted to take a closer look at this concept. So, we spoke to our friends at SYM South Africa, who kindly provided us with a spanking new SYM CityCom 300i ABS.

Over the coming weeks ahead, we will be evaluating the following points.

Costs:

  • The purchase price
  • Fuel economy
  • Service/Maintenance

Performance:

  • Urban/highway usagage
  • Handling

Practicality:

  • Storage
  • Journey time
  • Ease of use
  • Ergonomics
  • Navigation
  • Device charging

These are not questions that can be answered properly after riding around the city for just a week. So, to arrive at a proper conclusion we have the use of the CityCom for a full 6-months period, whereby it’ll get used extensively by our team at ZA Bikers.

Photo credit: Bjorn Moreira / ZA Bikers

We will keep you posted on the pros and cons of using a typical mid-sized scooter as a daily means of transportation over an extended period of time.

Stay tuned!