East Coaster of the Day: The Creamsicle
Today’s East Coaster of the Day is a 2009 SYM Mio 50. The owners Lisa and Garry, your East Coast Tester editors, bought it new, eight years ago from an acquaintance who had bought a dozen scooters from a dealership bankruptcy sale.
The dream was for it to be a daily summer urban runabout, give Lisa some two-wheeled confidence on a motorized vehicle and tool around town looking pretty cute and Euro, even though it’s a Chinese, not European, brand.
With an engine displacement of 49 cc, mated to a CVT transmission, the Creamsicle, as it was known in the Calvi-Sowerby household, wasn’t exactly a rocket. It pumped out 1.9 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and produced 2.15 lb/ft of torque at 6500 rpm, up to a top speed of 50 km/h.
Go Creamsicle go!
So why are we talking about the pretty orange scooter in past tense?
After years of Lisa fighting with it for real estate in the garden shed, plus a quick tally of the number of times it’s been driven in the past eight years, then a glance at the paltry 152.3 kilometres on the odometer…
That perky orange lawn ornament is outta here!
Garry: Oh no, the scooter’s gone!
Garry: I always said it didn’t have enough power.
Garry: It sold so quickly. Do you think we asked too little for it?
Lisa: …rolls eyes, continues reorganizing garden shed…