Usually when we start riding during school days normally our first bike is a moped (kapchai, kapkia in Hokkien). I remember my 1st bike was a 100cc kapchai and 2 stroke at that time, but during that time that was the most sporty looking kapchai at that time, 1988. The largest capacity was a 110cc. But now the largest capacity moped is SYM’s 185cc super moped called VF3i. With already 4 manufacturer in Malaysia has a 150cc, that including Benelli RFS150i, SYM took a step further and launched its super moped in a class of its own. So how will the VF3i performance and handling fare with the larger capacity? We got a short test after the launch the next day.
Largest in its class and Malaysia is the first country to launch the VF3i, comes with a liquid-cooled 185cc single-cylinder four-valve SOHC engine which places the VF3i the biggest displacement moped. The SYM VF3i’s EURO 3-Compliant engine offers 17.7hp at 8500 rpm, all of which is sent to the rear wheel through a 6 speed transmission.
The chassis comes with a pair of telescopic front forks; telescopic coil spring oil damped single shock absorber at the back & a large 250mm single disc brake setup at the front and 200mm disc at the back. Onboard is also a large 7 liter fuel tank which is suitable for long distance rides. The aerodynamic bodywork engineered by SYM helps the rider slip through winds with ease as well.
There’s more to the SYM VF3i, the SYM VF3i comes with bright LED DRL’s at the front which allows the SYM VF3i to be easily seen on a sunny day, a pair of sporty LED signal lamp and a rear LED lamp are included as well. The speedometer on the other hand comes with a stylish digital & analog combination design.
And when you factor in the SYM VF3’s affordable price compared to other moped bikes from the same category, enthusiasts will be amazed with what comes on board. The SYM VF3i is available in Red, Blue & Matte Black (SE) and it retails for RM7988.00 for the standard & RM8288.00 for the Special Edition (Excluding GST & other fees). With that price point which is much lower than most 150cc bikes, we are sure SYM VF3i can give a great value package to the potential buyer.
Our first impression test ride verdict is the VF3i felt solid build and pretty torque and SYM claimed that VF3i has a top speed of 155km/h on the meter and GPS top speed of 135km/h, plus the handling is quite remarkable, slap on a better set of tyres, for sure you be king on the streets! But then again VF3i has has not yet ready to be in the cubprix as there are no category for its displacement. Probably a One Make Race in the Cubprixs? We shall see! Cheers!