2018 Lance Cabo 200i
Lance Powersports — importer of SYM products to the U.S. market — brings the new Cabo 200i to our side of the pond to replace the outgoing Cabo 150 for the 2018 model year. The family line has always been about fun, and though the factory sells it with a “not intended for off-road use” caveat, I believe the owners are just trying to limit their liability and that the knobby tires tell the truth of the matter. This scoot could possibly pull double duty as a pocket-adventure platform. Street knobbies support that theory, as do the rally-style over-under lights, but the 11.8-horsepower engine and claimed 65-plus mph top speed indicates a certain amount of urban mobility as well. An interesting ride, to be sure, so let’s dive in and see what else SYM has in store for us.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Cabo 200i.
2017 - 2018 Lance Havana Classic
When it comes to building a retro-looking scooter, it’s hard to beat the classic Italian design, a fact not lost on Lance evidenced by its Havana Classic scooter family. The range covers the 50 cc, 125 cc, and the new-in-2017 200 cc brackets, which is a huge footprint in terms of price ranges and possible uses. There’s everything here from a campus runabout to a highway-capable commuter if you have the nerves for it, and all of it bears that timeless design that seems to have reached perfection in, oh, about 1959. I always love rides with this look and this little import sports plenty of that retro vibe that seems to appeal to the hipster crowd especially.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Havana Classic 50, 125, and 200i.
2016 - 2018 Lance PCH
Lance Powersports expanded its imported range back in 2013 with the addition of the PCH series scooters. Model year 2016 saw the addition of the 200i engine that brought the PCH into the 21st Century with fuel-injection induction control, better power and improved mileage. Offering the 50 cc and 125 cc models as part of the PCH stable, Lance gives the scooter market a Euro-sport styled, budget-minded ride for urban or suburban transportation.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance PCH 50, 125, and 200i.
2016 - 2018 Lance Cabo 50/125/150
Built by SYM and rebranded for Lance, the Cabo scooter line is all about aggressive sport styling and fun. Even though it’s built like an off-road ride, Lance insists the Cabo is not intended to be ridden off-road. Really? What about the action stills showing the Cabo in the dirt? Even in the "official Lance Cabo video", the rider does a little flat-tracking off-road. So is it a street-only scooter or does the promotional material lie? I really like the Cabo scooters and I was a little disheartened by the repeated statements that it isn’t intended for off-road. Let’s take a look at this off-road scooter that you’re not supposed to take off road.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Cabo.
2016 - 2018 Lance Soho 50
Built by SYM and rebranded for Lance, the Soho 50 scooter answers the call for both economy and mobility in personal urban transportation. An estimated 117 mpg and the ease with which you can park this gem makes it a go-to ride for running errands in cities, towns, campuses and gated communities when walking won’t do and transportation options are limited. Not classic and not modern-aggressive, the Soho 50 falls into a more retro-contemporary style; a typical 50 cc scooter without looking like a sportbike-wannabe like you might find in the Zuma from Yamaha or the Super 8 from KYMCO.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Soho 50.
2017 Lance Cali Classic
Lance Powersports takes a stab at the cruiser-scooter market with the Cali Classic model range. Produced by the Sanyang Motor Company since 2010 and branded for Lance, the Cali falls into areas already covered by other models in the lineup, but it offers a bit of a more Western flavor in a bid to draw more of the North American market. Neither SYM nor Lance are particularly well-know entities on this side of the pond, but they might be worth a look for someone in the market for a scooter in the 50-to-200 cc range. New this year, the Cali Classic 200i replaces the 150, bringing fuel injection to the table.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Cali Classic.
The SanYang Motor Company (SYM), a company that has been in the two-wheel production game since it started building motorbikes for Honda back in 1961, makes the PCH family of scooters for the Lance brand. Lance imports a variety of scooters from SYM for sale in the domestic market under its own moniker, which brings us to the 2016 PCH models with a choice of 50, 125 and 150 cc engines.
Though the U.S doesn’t use the stratified operator licensing employed by other nations, negating the need to shop by engine size for those requirements, we do have a 150 cc minimum displacement for legal highway travel. Since the biggest PCH model meets that requirement, the models with the smaller engines give customers some alternatives so you can shop by price, or desired top speed to get exactly what you need for your purposes.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Lance 50/125/150.