"There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only becomes that man's lawful prey" - John Ruskin
Simply put, Beware the unbranded Internet sale bike or the unlicensed reseller operating out of a storage locker. Go on-line and in a browser type in "Problems with Peace again". Look for the link from Scoot Dawg forum and you will find a dealer who purchased 18 units only to have 15 that he could not get running. Need more convincing, search " Scooter Depot reviews". Bad or no service, missing parts, unfulfilled promises. You get the picture…
Sanyang Industry Co., Ltd., founded in 1954, is the sole international enterprise in Taiwan that manufactures both motorcycles and automobiles. In 1962, SYM formed a joint venture with Honda to begin local assembly of motorcycles, the first motorcycle manufacturer in Taiwan. In 1969, the joint venture with Honda expanded to Honda cars assembly, included world famous cars such as Honda Civic and Accord.
For more than half a century, Sanyang has established extensive marketing channels, strong alliances with world-leading institutions, as well as a reservoir of loyal customers and managing talents and has underpinned her growth on these foundations. In the era where hyper competition is a norm, the Company blueprints her expansion with innovation, excellence and commitment to dedicate to the society, as well as through rooting deep in Taiwan and utilizing global division of labor at the same time. On the execution level, Sanyang applies the most advanced R&D skills on motorcycle design and production, manufactures products that exceed customers’ expectations, expands overseas markets and lays out a structure of “taking orders in Taiwan, manufacturing multi-nationally and distributing throughout the world” to enable SYM, the Sanyang brand, to obtain universal renown. Coupling the ability of making sophisticated and high quality engines with the strength in integrating design and development of motorcycles, Sanyang also engages in other motor-related and diversified products manufacturing. Today, the annual sales revenue of the company exceeds 1 Billion US dollars and it produces more than 1,000,000 units of motorcycles and 35,000 automobiles per year. All SYM products offer a two year limited warranty for parts and labor.
Lance Scooters is another fine choice for quality scooters. Lance is a sister company to Alliance Power Sports which distributes SYM. All parts for Lance scooters are manufactured by SYM in Taiwan with final assembly completed in China. Same quality and same warranty as SYM. Two year limited warranty parts and labor.
Kymco Bikes, Scooters, Side X Sides & ATV's - Founded in 1964 Kymco (Kwang Yang Motor Company) started as a collaboration with Honda Motor Company of Japan as a high quality overseas manufacturing facility. As the relationship developed over the next two decades, Honda increased its business interest in Kymco and became a major share holder of Kymco.
In 1992 Kymco began selling products developed independent of Honda and marketed under the Kymco brand. In 2003, after 28 years of working with Honda, Kymco acquired back Honda's interest in Kymco and started developing and marketing products under it's own brand globially.
In the 2000's Kymco became the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan, and the fifth largest manufacturer worldwide.
In 2008 Kymco was chosen by BMW to supply engines for their G450 X Enduro Bike. In 2013 Kawasaki announced that their new J300 Scooter is manufactured in partnership with Kymco and is based on Kymco's Downtown 300i.
Today Kymco manufactures a full line of Scooters, ATV's, and UTV's as well as a couple motorcycles. Kymco is a solid brand with a solid reputation, at a price point that 's hard to ignore.